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In harsh mine site and construction environments, most variable speed air compressors available in the Australian marketplace may struggle with high heat, humidity and dust levels. The result can be frequent break downs or shut downs, costly component failures, or expensive preventative maintenance. Specifying engineers face a dilemma: do they specify the premium efficiency and risk the reliability or do they opt for high reliability but sacrifice energy efficiency.
“CAPS Australia has recognised these problems exist in many sites across Australia and are pleased to release the Harsh Environment Efficient VFD Option (HEEVO) – to suit all Ingersoll Rand air compressors from 11 kW to 350 kW”, announced Dino Alessio, National Sales Manager at Compressed Air and Power Services Australia (CAPS).
The HEEVO will be particularly well suited to industries where high dust loads are common, including mining and timber. This option would also prove to be beneficial to applications operating in offshore, marine and similar environments where humidity is the main concern. “Until recently, energy efficiency and harsh environments didn’t go well together in compressed air systems,” added Alessio. “The sensitive nature of variable speed drive (VSD) air compressors meant they are more at home in a clean plant-room than in the harsh Australian outback where reliability was the top priority. If you wanted reliability then you had to compromise on efficiency and vice versa. But with the HEEVO range you get the best of both worlds: uncompromised reliability together with premium efficiency.”
The HEEVO enhances the overall Ingress Protection (IP) ratings of the compressor’s motor and electrical components so that there is protection against entry of dust in sufficient quantity to interfere with satisfactory operation of equipment, and protection against extreme humidity, heavy seas and jets of water from all practical directions.
CAPS Australia, the largest national, Australian-owned compressed air company, now offers the Harsh Environment Efficient VFD Option for all applications on the Ingersoll Rand rotary screw air compressor range from 11 kW to 350 kW.
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