At Foodex 2018, taking place at the NEC in Birmingham on 16-18 April, Atlas Copco Utility Vacuum will outline how the food and beverage sector in the UK is poised to significantly benefit from the latest advances in energy-efficient industrial vacuum pump technology. Under the theme ‘A Fresh Approach to Vacuum’, stand T313 will showcase models from the company’s GHS VSD+ rotary screw vacuum pump range, which has helped thousands of companies across the world save energy and improve production efficiency since being introduced in 2015.
To illustrate this, the stand will feature a live digital counter displaying the real-time energy savings that its IoT connected GHS VSD+ vacuum pumps are saving customers in various industries globally. To date, customers around the world have saved over 70 million kWh in electricity costs, which equates to approximately 39 thousand tonnes of CO2. Looked at another way, this latter figure is equivalent to almost 10,000 acres of forest, indicating the positive impact GHS VSD+ technology is having on the environment.
Experts from Atlas Copco Utility Vacuum will also use Foodex to highlight how companies in the food and beverage sectors stand to reduce their energy consumption by up to 50 per cent if they upgrade their existing centralised vacuum systems or switch from using multiple, decentralised point-of-use pumps to a central vacuum system based on one or two super-efficient GHS VSD+ machines.
Steve Cassidy, Business Line Manager for Atlas Copco Utility Vacuum in EMEA, commented:
“ Vacuum is a vital source of energy in a wide variety of manufacturing, processing and packaging applications in the food and beverage industry, and we’re attending Foodex to highlight the significant energy savings and production efficiency improvements that our ground-breaking GHS VSD+ technology has to offer UK industry. ”
Since being launched two years ago, GHS VSD+ vacuum pumps have already helped hundreds of food and beverage manufacturers and packaging companies across Europe enhance their productivity and the energy efficiency, reliability and safety of their industrial vacuum installations.
One example is Valentin Traiteur, a food processing company in France that specialises in snacks such as croissants and croque monsieurs. The company uses vacuum to pack its products in a modified atmosphere. This is vital as it helps preserve the snacks’ natural flavours and freshness. The company opted for a turbo version of the GHS 350 VSD+ pump, which is designed to reach maximum pumping speed in minimum time. As a result, Valentin Traiteur is saving half a second on each of its production cycles. Over a year’s operation this equates to tens of thousands of additional packs, which represents a significant saving.
In the food business, safety and reliability are paramount. For this reason, end users want to be assured there is no risk of their vacuum pumps spitting oil or emitting oil mist. In line with this, the GHS VSD+ offers extremely high oil retention capacity at all operating pressures. The range also now includes a patented oil separator that limits residual oil levels to a maximum of 3 mg/m³.
“ This means the exhaust air is significantly more environmentally-friendly in comparison to other pumps on the market ”
Another company to have benefited from rotary screw vacuum pump technology is La Molisana in Italy. In this application, a GHS 1300 VSD+ machine provides a reliable source of vacuum that is essential in ensuring the quality of the dried pasta La Molisana is renowned for. It is used to extract air during production, which helps to extend the pasta’s shelf-life and improve its colour and smell. La Molisana has also benefited from the fact the GHS 1300 VSD+, and all pumps within the range, is fitted with an inverter, Elektronikon controller and Variable Speed Drive motor. This means the pump is able to vary its speed depending on the demand coming from the process. The end result is energy savings of up to 50 per cent compared to conventional technologies such as rotary vane and liquid ring pumps.
The design of the GHS VSD+ vacuum pump is based on the well-known plug-and-play principle of Atlas Copco’s compressors, and has been optimised by the company’s vacuum pump engineers to deliver peak performance and maximum energy efficiency. For instance, the highly efficient oil-sealed rotary screw has a very robust design, which means it has a significantly longer element life than traditional rotary vane or dry vane vacuum pumps.
On stand T313, Atlas Copco will also be displaying its latest innovations in tried-and-tested rotary vane vacuum pump technology, including the recently launched GVS 100A, which are relied upon by many food and beverage companies in point-of-use applications. Furthermore, dry claw pumps, such as the DZS unit, will be on show as they are particularly suited for use in pneumatic conveying and food packaging applications.
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