Our guide to compressed air solutions for pneumatic conveying in the food & beverage industry
Reliability and efficiency
Make decades of experience in food and beverage work for you:
- Certified performance
First to receive ISO 22000 and ISO 8573-1 (2010) CLASS 0, for all oil-free air compressors. We are a Lloyds Register verified company (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001), as well as Carbon Trust accredited for our energy-saving technology, with a feel for the pulse of industry through our membership of the prestigious Manufacturers' Organisation (EEF) and British Compressed Air Society (BCAS).
- Pushing boundaries in technology
First to integrate Variable Speed Drive, oil free screw technology and rotary drum technology. Enjoy early-access to the technology that reduces your bottom line costs through improved energy performance, reduced service times, and plug and play machinery.
- Global installed base
We have thousands of compressed air installations throughout the world, many of them with the world’s largest food and beverage companies. That means our technicians can quickly diagnose and fix problems, which helps maintain your production and uptime
- Nitrogen on tap
Nitrogen is used at different stages in the production, handling and packing of foodstuffs and beverages. Atlas Copco supplies, installs and services your nitrogen generators, along with your compressed air equipment, bringing big savings over bottled or liquid gas supplies
- Industrial vacuum pumps
Our extensive range of highly reliable vacuum solutions is designed especially for applications that require consistent and efficient vacuum creation. Atlas Copco’s expertise brings the reliability of our compressors to vacuum pumps, ensuring the dependability of your critical processes. Explore our vacuum products range for the Food and Beverage industry
- Aluminium and stainless steel pipework
Reliable, quality piping system that is fast and easy to install. AIRnet is a leak proof, lightweight aluminium piping system that saves up to 70% on installation time, does not require heavy tools to install, and comes with a 10-year guarantee. ISO 9001:2000 and TÜV certified, the pipework complies with most strict safety regulations and directives. Find out more about Airnet aluminium and stainless steel pipework
Food and beverage customer stories
13 August, 2018
Salmon producer Marine Harvest VAP (UK) Ltd has achieved annual energy savings of £21,000 after Atlas Copco updated its compressed air system with new technology. The more compact compressor has also freed up floor space to fit a new refrigeration unit for an additional kiln.
26 February, 2018
Reading time: 5 minutes
A newly installed and highly innovative compressed air and on-site nitrogen generation system from Atlas Copco is providing a key driver in the Outstanding Brewing Company’s on-going commitment to enhance its product quality, productivity and growth.
Read in this case story how the UK-based Muller Dairy saves in gas process heating costs thanks to their compressor set-up. The secret? Energy recovery technology
Where is compressed air used?
Compressed air is used to control the valves and actuators in automated lines for filling, packaging and bottling. With oil-free compressed air, you prevent your automation components from jamming and keep your end product safe.
Compressed air is used to push ingredients such as powdered milk or cocoa powder along pipes. With oil-free air, you will avoid oil contaminant mixing with the powder and maintain its purity.
Compressed air for cleaning bottles, packaging and moulding prior to filling. Oil in compressed air will contaminate the food containers and alter the flavour and odour of the end product, besides being a health hazard.
A continuous supply of oil-free low pressure air can be used, for example, to deliver oxygen to the stock yeast in a fermentation vessel at a commercial yeast production site.
Compressed air supplies oxygen to bacteria during fermentation to produce food ingredients such as citric acid, wine, yoghurt… The presence of even small oil traces will affect bacterial activity, create a substandard product and contaminate the end product.
Food storage and packaging
Nitrogen is often used in the storage and blanketing of foods and beverages, such as purging oxygen from bags of roasted coffee, a vital step in preventing oxidation affecting product quality and flavour while in transit and storage. Nitrogen can also be used in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP); the inert atmosphere in food packages is critical to ensure a long shelf life.
Compressed air is used to cool down baked goods after they emerge from the oven. Contamination of the air spoils the end product leading to rejections and production losses.
Our solutions for the Food & Beverage industry