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Atlas Copco Provides Bosch with Life Cycle Management Solution to Create “Green Factory, Green Production and Green Life”

2012-10-15

As the world’s leading supplier of air compressors, Atlas Copco provides sustainable production solutions for customers from various industries. While companies around the world are paying attention to environment protection, low carbon emission, energy saving and energy efficiency, more and more companies are seeking power equipment suppliers that can provide them with more effective and sustainable solutions. Bosch, the world’s well-known industrial group is among one of them.

Atlas Copco China - Bosch Diesel Wuxi Plant Air Compressor Station

Bosch Diesel Wuxi Plant Air Compressor Station


Bosch has been focusing on energy efficiency, by implementing energy saving and environment protection in all business areas, which makes the key reason that brings Bosch and Atlas Copco together. Bosch’s target at environment protection and energy saving is implemented not only in its energy-saving and environment-friendly products and solutions, but also in the production lines and factory buildings complying with environment protection and energy saving standards. As a compressor supplier, Atlas Copco provides Bosch with a feasible and comprehensive solution to achieve the above targets.
 
Taking Bosch Automotive Diesel Systems Co, Ltd. Wuxi Plant as an example. The plant mainly produces electric high-pressure diesel injection system. It has 3 air compressor stations, using 14 Atlas Copco compressors, including GA250, 355, 315, ZR and AQ series. To achieve the targets of energy saving and obtain the most energy efficiency of compressors, Atlas Copco provided Bosch Diesel with comprehensive life cycle cost management solutions based on its production procedures, compressor quantities and distribution, etc. Life cycle cost management is a solution that Atlas Copco develops to help customers manage costs in operating air compressors. According to statistics, the operation cost of air compressor is about 85% of its life cycle cost. The solution tailored for Bosch Diesel includes energy recovery, data inspection, system optimization, maintenance schedule and other components.

Atlas Copco China - ER heat energy recovery system

ER heat energy recovery system


First of all, energy recovery solution: According to the user’s demand for heat energy and existing air compressors, 5 ER systems are installed. Heat originally sent into the circumstance is collected through the systems and used to heat pure water required by parts and components in production, air conditioners in purification workshops, and water for domestic use in the factory area to largely reduce the demand for steam. In fact, above 90% of axial power of the compressor is eventually transformed into heat energy dismissed into the surrounding environment. Now with the use of Atlas Copco energy recovery system, above 75% of electric inputs are recycled in form of hot water, which has no negative impact on compressor performance.

Atlas Copco also provided Bosch with ES360 Internet remote monitoring and centralized control and optimization system (Air Optimizer™). Air Optimizer™ is specially designed for users running a series of compressors. By allocating operation of each compressor in the control system in accordance with total consumption of compressed air, the system can largely reduce the time of idle operation without load. At the same time, accurate control of pressure can help lower pressure on piping network to save as much as 30% of energy.
 
“At present, the life cycle solution that Atlas Copco provided for Bosch not only effectively realized energy saving and emission reduction in production, but also brought returns on investment for the company. The ER system saves about 1600 tons of coal each year and reduces emission of about 945 tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to RMB 350000 Yuan. Investment on the equipment has been recovered in less than 2 years. Air Optimizer™ saves 11% of energy consumed by air compressors, reduces emission of about 425 tons of carbon dioxide and saves about RMB 400000 Yuan of electricity cost each year. The preliminary investment has been recovered in less than 1 year,” said Mr. Cai Jun, Director of Engineering of Bosch Diesel Wuxi Plant, “The life cycle solution tailored for Bosch by Atlas Copco ensures stable and reliable equipment operation while saving energy and reducing emission, thus winning our trust! What’s more, our plant in Wuxi has met with LEED certification green building standards.
 
Huang Zhiyong, Product Specialist of Atlas Copco Service Division said, “as a top supplier in the world compressor industry, we has been focusing on development in production and manufacturing area, which drives us to think more for customers. In an environment calling for energy saving and emission reduction, we actively deliver the concept of “life cycle cost” to customers and help them achieve emission reduction in a more constructive way.”

At present, Atlas Copco has provided air power equipment and life cycle cost management solutions for at least 5 Bosch plants in China, together with effective and reliable solutions for Bosch to realize green production and green factory.
 
In addition to energy recovery (ER) systems, Air Optimizer™ ES energy saving solution and data inspection system, Atlas Copco also provides various comprehensive energy saving solutions including AirNet piping system and variable frequency drives (VFD). Atlas Copco provides energy saving solutions and products in all areas to create more values for its customers.

For further information, please contact:

  • Jeff Ren
    Communication Manager, Compressor Technique
    Atlas Copco (Shanghai) Trading Co.,Ltd.
    Phone: +86 21 6108 2388

Atlas Copco is an industrial group with world-leading positions in compressors, expanders and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. With innovative products and services, Atlas Copco delivers solutions for sustainable productivity. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 170 countries. In 2011, Atlas Copco had 37 500 employees and revenues of BSEK 81 (BEUR 9). Learn more at www.atlascopco.com .

Atlas Copco’s Compressor Technique business area provides industrial compressors, gas and process compressors and expanders, air and gas treatment equipment and air management systems. It has a global service network and offers specialty rental services. Compressor Technique innovates for sustainable productivity in the manufacturing, oil and gas, and process industries. Principal product development and manufacturing units are located in Belgium, Germany, the United States, China and India.