When Spanish drilling expert Cimentaciones Abando needed to replace its compressor units, a field test trial revealed Atlas Copco’s DrillAir mobile high-pressure devices saved the company more than 20% of its annual fuel costs.
When the time came for a new set of drilling compressors, the Biobao-based company’s fleet manager, Julen Abando, sought technically advanced machines that could deliver high performance with low fuel consumption.
In his opinion Atlas Copco’s DrillAir H23 compressor looked like the best solution and to be certain, a trial run was requested before making a final decision.
The H23 is part of Atlas Copco’s DrillAir range of high-pressure portable compressors developed for applications such as ground engineering, pipeline services, water well and geothermal drilling.
The DrillAir range consists of seven compressor models, all stage V compliant with flows between 20.6 – 42 m3/min and operating pressures from 15 up to 35 bar.
He said: “Atlas Copco allowed us to test an H23 during a few weeks before deciding. We monitored performances, fuel consumption and we also assessed the ease to operate and service the compressor.
“The results were very positive - the H23 outperforms comparable compressors when it comes to fuel efficiency. We were surprised to see that fuel savings easily exceeded 20% over the whole operation cycle and even more at partial load. The new controller was also easy to get to grips with. This technically advanced machine simply delivers on its promise.”
Commenting on the successful outcome and the benefits offered by the DrillAir range Hendrik Timmermans, vice-president marketing for Atlas Copco's portable air division, added: “Our unique DrillAir product portfolio is greatly appreciated by many drillers, who not only rely on our compressor's reliability; but have also become accustomed to their outstanding performance and total cost of ownership."
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