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Atlas Copco launches new small oil-injected compressors, matching Chinese market requirements


Shanghai China, January 2010. Atlas Copco launches the EXELLENCE oil-injected 11-30 kW GAe/GAe VSD compressor family. With a Free Air Delivery (FAD) and Specific Energy Requirement (SER) fitted to the highest demands of the Chinese market and aligned with the governmental increased concern on energy saving and environmental impact. These oil-injected compressors are one of the most compact and silent ever to operate on a work floor in this kW range. The integrated dryer simultaneously enhances energy efficiency and air quality. To operate and deliver full capacity in ambient temperatures of up to 46°C, offering intuitive monitoring interfaces while the gearbox of gear driven compressor is extremely reliable and completely protected against dirt. All GAe/GAe VSD models are all produced in Atlas Copco world-class facilities in Wuxi.

Atlas Copco has designed the oil-injected fixed speed compressor, the GAe 11-30, and the variable speed version, the GAe 18-30 VSD, premium according the Chinese market requirements. This new compressor range has been assembled in China with carefully selected and tested high quality components. This range of small GAe/GAe VSD compressors is suiting for a variety of applications and industries including workshops, assembly, packaging, automotive, woodworking, printing, textiles, construction materials manufacturing, plastics production and molding, oil and gas activities and so on.

More air with less energy
Higher Free Air Delivery (FAD) allows customers to select smaller compressors for the same air demand, saving both money and energy. Atlas Copco’s engineering breakthroughs have resulted in a GAe30 with an FAD increase up to 80 l/s.(+6%).

Specific Energy Requirement (SER) is the true measure of how much less electricity a compressor will use. As any Atlas Copco VSD the GAe VSD can save up to 35%, these newly launched Atlas Copco compressors have one of the lowest SERs achievable today, making them amongst the most energy efficient on the market.  Energy consumption can be reduced even further in the full feature version by integrating a more efficient dryer range in the unit.

The next generation technology of the variable speed drive (VSD) increases performance, shows lower sensitivity to dust and achieves standard very low harmonic distortion.

Quality standards of the GAe/GAeVSD ranges have also been raised towards unseen levels thanks to standard lubrication with high quality synthetic oil.

Smaller, quieter
Size and noise are barriers for installing compressors close to the consumer. The further away they are installed, the more energy is lost through pressure drops. Pressure drops of just 0,5 bar(e) with a 22 kW machine are equivalent to the electricity consumption of one household. With a very small footprint of maximum 1.02 m2, each of the new GAe/GAeVSD models in this range takes up very little space. They are characterized by very low noise levels and an optimized sound quality resulting in a direct positive impact in workshop environments by improving the comfort of the operator.

A step ahead in monitoring and controls
The new and improved Elektronikon® and Elektronikon® graphic raises Atlas Copco’s standards for control and monitoring. This user-friendly controller with unique control algorithms saves energy by operating the compressor at optimal levels while the advanced timers optimize servicing intervals. Energy consumption is further reduced by the Patented Saver Cycles that control the fan on the GAe 18-30 VSD range.

Drive for overall efficiency
Introducing new energy-efficient premium models GAe 11-30 and GAe 18-30 VSD range further increases our customer’s energy savings and enhance performance, underlining Atlas Copco’s positioning of be best in market and commitment towards a better environment. 

For further information, please contact:
Frank Liu
Deputy Industrial Air Business Line Manager, Atlas Copco (Shanghai) Trading Co., Ltd.
Phone: +86 21 6108 2388

Atlas Copco is a world leading provider of industrial productivity solutions. The products and services range from compressed air and gas equipment, generators, construction and mining equipment, industrial tools and assembly systems, to related aftermarket and rental. In close cooperation with customers and business partners, and with 136 years of experience, Atlas Copco innovates for superior productivity. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the Group’s global reach spans more than 160 markets. In 2008, Atlas Copco had 34 000 employees and revenues of BSEK 74 (BEUR 7.7). Learn more at

Industrial Air is a division within Atlas Copco's Compressor Technique business area. It develops, manufactures and markets oil-injected and oil-free air compressors, Quality Air solutions and monitoring and connectivity solutions worldwide, under several brands, for all kinds of industries. The division's focus and main drive is to further improve its customers' productivity. The divisional headquarters and main production center are located in Antwerp, Belgium.