Food & Beverage Asia Oct/Nov 2018

56 FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2018 FIRST LOOK Gardner Denver SIG Oil-Free Compressor Ensures High Air Quality Standards Digital Information Management Solution for Monitoring Production When considering other models available, a major drawback that traditional two-stage oil-free compressors have is their reliance on a gearbox. Not only do these consume large amounts of energy, but they also require high volumes of oil to lubricate the gears. In contrast, the CompAir Ultima compressor has been engineered with two highly- e ̮ cient, permanent magnetic motors that replace the traditional gearbox design. These two, variable-speed motors are capable of achieving speeds of up to 22,000 RPM and e ̮ ciencies greater than IE4, which directly drive the air-end without the need for a gearbox. Furthermore, while conventional models still use oil to lubricate and cool both a system’s motors and airends, Ultima uses water in a closed-loop circuit to cool these components. This allows greater heat transfer and cooling e ̮ ciencies, as well as ensuring as little oil as possible is used in the system for assured air purity. Water-cooling also places less stress on these components, limiting the opportunity for any maintenance issues that might otherwise arise during the compressor’s lifetime and reducing servicing costs. Ultima is offered as standard from 75kW to 160kW, with each unit fully upgradeable between this kilowatt r ange . Th i s means that if a site’s energy demands increase in the future, customers can choose the optimal Ultima variant based on the increased capacity. There is no need to purchase a new compressor, eliminating the associated downtime or delivery wait that comes with upgrading to a new system. Mr. David Bruchof, Product Manager for Industrial Compressors at Gardner Denver said, “For those operating in production sensitive environments, such as the food and beverage industry, electronics manufacturing o r p h a rma c e u t i c a l s sector, you need to be confident that you can invest in a system that o ̫ ers assured air quality and purity. Ultima meets this need and continues to drive the oil-free compressed air market forward.” Ŷ Today’s food and beverage production demands a digital ̬lling line solution that can deliver a highly accurate monitoring system for information management that may be remote but is always using real- time data in order to optimise operations and improve productivity. SIG's answer to this is combiLink – a single and ̭exible information management solution for ̬lling line operation. By connecting every machine in a filling line, SIG’s combiLink collects unlimited data and shows it in precon̬gured or personally designed reports. Customers can view charts showing operational and technical efficiency a n d v i e w d o w n t i m e i n c i d e n t s from their desktops, tablets or smartphones. Smart notifications can alert the team to incidents so avoiding bottlenecks and costly downtime. Producers also get a single end-to-end window to view current and historical levels of e ̮ ciency and performance, while also seeing where improvements can be made in the future. combiLink’s connectivity is based on the latest industrial communication standard OMAC, enabling it to collect unlimited data over OPC UA technology from every machine and store it securely. Mr. Ayed Katrangi, Senior Product Manager Automation and Digitalisation at SIG said, “combiLink is a smart factory solution that o ̫ ers a completely new way of monitoring and analysing the e ̮ ciency and productivity of a ̬lling line, enabling customers to take on-time decisions fast and to automate operations to meet the needs of Industry 4.0, improve ̬lling line OEE and optimise TCO, based on ISO 2240 standards.” Ŷ