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New Products & Processes Atlas Copco to Enhance Support for North American Construction Market with New LEED-Certified Facility Atlas Copco is breaking ground on a new 180,000 ft2 (17,000 m2) facility in Rock Hill, SC, to meet the growing customer demand for highquality equipment and support. The $20 million project will serve as the new production and assembly facility for Atlas Copco’s North American Construction Technique division. “From products to general support, we’re committed to being close to the customer. This new facility will be one of our flagship sites when it comes to North American manufacturing excellence, including sustainable productivity, a goal we put forward for ourselves and our customers,” said Erik Sparby, General Manager for Atlas Copco Construction Equipment. Atlas Copco’s new Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design-certified facility will help the company grow with customers’ demands and offer a wide reach of customer support. Once completed, the Rock Hill facility will produce portable generators and compressors as well as other construction equipment. Atlas Copco expects the new facility to open in April 2017. The building will be designed for lean manufacturing to enable efficient and flexible processes that are sustainable for the environment. The LEED-certified facility ties directly to Atlas Copco’s mission of sustainable productivity. Atlas Copco’s new building will be located in one of Rock Hill’s newest mixed-use developments, Riverwalk Business Park, and will replace the company’s original facility in Rock Hill. Atlas Copco Showcases New Electric Compressor at The Rental Show Atlas Copco Construction Equipment featured its new XATS 900E electric portable air compressor for the North American market. The compressor features four preset flow and pressure selections to give contractors versatility and rental centers greater flexibility in their fleet offering for improved return on investment (ROI). The compressor features a high-efficiency 160 kW WEG 22 motor. Despite the industry-wide focus on Tier 4 Final regulations, the XATS 900E’s electric motor exempts it from emission regulations, so it’s usable in any state, province, or territory. In addition, the electric motor gives contractors a cost-effective alternative to traditional diesel-fueled air compressors because electricity prices are less volatile than fuel costs. The XATS 900E operates at a very quiet 73 dB—about the same as a vacuum cleaner—which allows contractors to work in noisesensitive areas, such as near hospitals or schools. Atlas Copco designed the XATS 900E for dependable operation and high-quality results. For example, its Star-Delta starter reduces the starting current protecting the compressor and has no limits on number of starts. The compressor comes standard equipped with an aftercooler and water separator with fine filters to reduce moisture as well as oil carryover in the output air and bypass should nonfiltered air be desired. The XATS 900E features an easy-to-use digital interface, main breaker, sequence phase relay, and external emergency stop button for simple controlling and monitoring of the unit. Operators can use the compressor’s digital interface to set the airflow to one of the four preset flow and pressure ratings, which range from 879 to 906 ft3/min (25 to 26 m3/min) at 100 to 150 psi (0.7 to 1 MPa) discharge pressure. This essentially gives users four units in one, which allows rental companies to serve a wide range of customers with one machine, resulting in greater ROI.  Atlas Copco also designed the XATS 900E to be compact and robust. The compressor features a heavy-duty, galvanneal steel frame and enclosure, and with a footprint of just 44 ft2 (4 m2), it’s easy to place at tight jobsites, such as a pit, factory, or warehouse. The compressor’s small, durable structure also allows users to stack two high and fit as many as nine units on a 53 ft (16 m) trailer. This gives contractors and equipment managers a cost-effective option for transporting equipment. Additionally, operators can use it on nearly any type of surface because its frame does not require a concrete base. Atlas Copco also offers an optional dual-axle trailer for towing. The XATS 900E’s large doors provide full access to all maintenance and service points, all of which are on one side of the unit to minimize servicing time. The unit also has a heavy-duty air filter that features a safety cartridge, which protects it from the elements to ensure reliability in any environment. Its 100% spillage-free frame will contain all of the compressor’s fluids—diesel, both engine and compressor oils, and engine coolant—if a leak occurs. This gives contractors peace of mind on environmentally sensitive projects. Rental centers and contractors can move the unit with a crane and the compressor’s lifting bale or with a forklift and its frame-incorporated forklift slots. Canusa Introduces the New PDM-1 Continuous Pre-Dampener/Mixer The PDM-1 unit can be used for both wet- and dry-mix applications, and is rated for 22,000 lb/h (1000 kg/h) continuous use. 68 Shotcrete • Spring 2016


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