Piston compressors gain ISO 8573-1 CLASS 0 certification

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Atlas Copco Compressors is announcing that its oil-free, Class 0 certification has been extended to include the heavy-duty LF and LFx family of piston compressors, the first of their type in the world to receive ISO 8573-1 CLASS 0 certification.

Available in 1.5-7.5kW installed power ratings, the LF range is regarded as efficient and reliable in the piston compressor market, offering very good reliability for heavy-duty use in industrial applications. Its compact profile is the result of optimum cooling, aluminium construction and a direct drive that makes it suitable for standalone use or for easy integration into OEM products.

Built for high performance and a long lifetime, Atlas Copco's LFx 0.55-1.5kW range of small-capacity piston compressors provides a reliable, oil-free option for low air demands in such applications as electronics, food and beverage, laser cutting and sprinkler operation. They ensure an energy-efficient compressed air supply thanks to the patented Super-flow compressed air inlet system.

LFx compressors' capacity ranges from 1.02 to 2.53l/s (2.16 to 5.36cfm), with an optional single- or three-phase supply and a maximum working pressure of 10bar (145psi). Furthermore, with their compact design, they offer excellent installation flexibility.

TÜV testing

Atlas Copco's LF and LFx piston machines were tested by the independent Technischer Überwachungs-Verein (Technical Monitoring Association, or TÜV), employing the most stringent test methods available and simulating realistic industrial environments.

Even with such rigorous testing, the TÜV found no traces of oil in the output air stream under any of the test conditions. So, for Atlas Copco's customers, Class 0 certification means zero risk of contamination, zero risk of damaged or unsafe products, and zero risk of losses from operational downtime. Plus, zero risk of damaging a manufacturing company's hard-won professional reputation.

Thanks to the Class 0 certification of the LF and the LFx piston compressors, operators with lower capacity load applications now have the opportunity to choose 100 per cent oil-free air for their production processes.

Follow the link for more information about Atlas Copco oil-free compressors.

20 November 2008

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