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Performance Excellence 24-10-2017
Three UV4 VS vacuum pumps are improving the process by reducing to 50% the time required to load the production line with polymers. The new system is in Multimaster configuration with sequential running of each unit, where two pumps are in operation within the frequency range of 35 to 60 Hz, one is on stand-by. The ambient temperature can reach 50°C, the machines' ventilation was sized accordingly. Installation in Mexico.
“Pretiosa Vitrea” and the Evolution of Glass Manufacturing in History 10-10-2017
As old as the invention of writing, glassmaking is accompanying the human history since its early beginnings. To draw the public’s attention to the idea of glass as an ‘eternal’ tool, Pneumofore sponsored the exhibition “Pretiosa Vitrea - The Art of Glass Manufacturing in The Museums and Private Collections of Tuscany”, held from 17 October 2017 to 29 January 2018 at the National Archaeological Museum of Florence, Italy. The project, made possible by the financial contribution of Pneumofore, gives prominence to the evolution of glass manufacturing in history through the display of ancient and rare glass artifacts, nowadays preserved in state museums and private collections. Promoted by the Sehen Foundation in collaboration with the Archaeological Museum, the exhibition is held under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and it is accompanied by a content-rich catalogue (ISBN: 9788874398041). Pneumofore, strongly committed to the glass industry and cultural responsibility, promptly supported the rediscovery of this prestigious glass heritage whose significance is invaluable.
Efficient Vacuum and Compressed Air Solutions at Latamcan 2017 26-09-2017
With recent sales in Brazil and Colombia, Pneumofore is further expanding its presence and commitment in the Latin American can industry. As a leading supplier of centralized vacuum and air systems in the region, Pneumofore will be also among the keynote speakers at Latamcan 2017, the technical conference for canmakers and suppliers operating in the metal packaging sector. The event will be held from 4 to 6 October in São Paulo, Brazil. Eng. Daniel Hilfiker, President of Pneumofore, will demonstrate the advantages of the Rotary Vane technology in vacuum and compressed air supply with the presentation ‘Efficient Vacuum and Compressed Air Solutions for the Can Industry’ on Friday 6 October at 10:30 AM. Choosing the right technology is crucial in every vacuum and compressed air installation. Vital as the heart, it must ensure extraordinary durability and reliability. But not all technologies offer efficiency and trouble-free operation in the long term. The Rotary Vane technology succeeds even in harsh and tropical environments, where the air-cooled Pneumofore compressors and pumps are the unique solution, as proved by worldwide references like Crown and Ball.
UV24 - The New Vacuum Pump Model 31-08-2017
The first batch of UV24 VS45 vacuum pumps is on its way to Mexico. These units are delivered in their Hot Climate and Variable Speed version and they will be operating 24/7 for a renowned glass container manufacturer in the Northern part of the country. Recently launched, the UV24 is the first model of the new generation of UV Series vacuum pumps that will be gradually introduced by Pneumofore. With 37 kW nominal power for up to 1.589 m3/h capacity, the UV24 is designed to fit the specific vacuum level required by IS machines in glass manufacturing and by many other applications where centralized vacuum systems are needed for continuous operation. These vacuum pumps are equipped with a new control system and a newly designed cooling system. As for the entire UV Series, the UV24 vacuum pumps are robustly manufactured with a compact, easy-to-maintain design that can work trouble-free even in harsh, hot and/or humid environments. In occasion of the first delivery, the UV24 pumps were painted in white. As usual, customized colors are an option available for every Pneumofore customer.
China Glass 2017 01-06-2017
We registered a good affluence to the Pneumofore booth during this years' event in Beijing, the meeting point for all glassmakers from China and Asian markets. This is the testament of our consolidating presence in the country. As part of our ongoing commitment to the Chinese glass manufacturing industry, few weeks ago we organized a major Technical Meeting in the Shandong province attended by high-level representatives of the country’s leading glassmaking companies and sectoral associations. The meeting agenda included a factory visit to one of our local key customers operating in the hollow glass industry. The event showed practically the important reduction of power consumption achieved with Pneumofore air-cooled compressors and vacuum pumps. Feedback has been extremely positive and several glassmakers, who returned to visit us at China Glass, show now interest to improve more glass manufacturing sites with Pneumofore technology. We thank all those who have visited us!
The World of Metal Packaging in Essen, Germany 29-05-2017
Every three years, the metal packaging industry presents its latest products and innovations at METPACK, the world’s leading fair for the sector. Held in Essen from May 2 to 6, the 2017 edition celebrated its 25-year jubilee and reached new dimensions with more than 300 exhibitors and 7.200 visitors, confirming itself as the most important meeting point for the sector’s market leaders, manufactures and suppliers. The event represented a significant occasion to meet the most important canmakers like Ardagh, Ball, Crown and Can-Pack. Most of them expressed interest in the company's latest innovations and solutions, all based on the lowest Life Cycle Cost. Being the only manufacturer of vacuum and compressed air systems at the fair, Pneumofore confirmed to be the benchmark for the supply of centralized vacuum and compressed air solutions for the can industry.
Hannover Messe 2017 - Report 29-05-2017
Hannover Messe 2017 has been a thriving edition, with over 6,500 exhibitors and 225,000 visitors which is an unprecedented figure in the 70-year history of the event. As a traditional exhibitor, Pneumofore renewed its presence at the fair’s main hub for vacuum and compressed air technologies, the ComVac show in Hall 26. The company was present with an enlarged, newly designed booth and, for the first time, displayed the A400.4 air-cooled air compressor in its low pressure version from 2.5 to 4 bar(g) with variable speed drive. Showcasing the A400.4 unit, the Rotary Vane air-end core elements and Pneumofore’s extensive list of worldwide references was a successful idea that attracted many visitors seeking for alternatives to other vacuum and compressed air technologies. Pneumofore Rotary Vane units are proving daily their constant performance and low Life Cycle Cost by running trouble-free since decades in many industries worldwide, even in harsh or hot climate conditions. With constant focus on innovation and energy saving solutions, Pneumofore looks forward to present new innovative products at ComVac 2019.
How Long does the UV30 Pump last? 09-03-2017
The hour-meter displays more than 124.000 hours of operation. This value corresponds to 92% of the time since the pump’s installation in 2000. The Air End of this unit has never needed to be overhauled or replaced so far. The entire machine had been well maintained with original spare parts, namely the cooling fluid and the three filters for oil, oil-separation and inlet air. This is an excellent result, compared to the former screw vacuum pumps used by the customer, which required repeated overhauling of the screw Air End every 40.000 hours. As a consequence, the customer chose to further invest in Rotary Vane Technology and upgrade its system with a new UV50 vacuum pump.
Now we are Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) 27-02-2017
To ease transportation of goods and legitimate trade worldwide, the European Union and an increasing number of Nations have agreed, in cooperation with their customs authorities, to recognize trusted companies like Pneumofore as Authorized Economic Operators. The AEO programme is meant to facilitate trade by avoiding long-lasting, complex, sometimes expensive or even impossible import-export operations. The AEO certification is based on internationally recognized safety and security criteria and it is assigned only to diligent companies active in the global commerce of goods. In 2016, Pneumofore worked towards the AEO authorization, we succeeded and now we are AEO-certified under the number IT AEOF 17 1259. This simplifies and accelerates all our goods transportation operations. For the USA we requested the analogue C-TPAT number. The Customs of most Nations welcome and fully accept the AEO title.
Destructive Dry Running Test Ɛx 06-02-2017
Within the ongoing Atex certification process, Pneumofore analyzed the A35 air compressor in terms of vibration, pressure, absorbed power and temperature. Also the dry running test confirmed the CE Ɛx II 2 GD Ex conformity of our rotary vane air-ends used for compression of gas. The infrared picture shows the temperature map during the start-up of the "destructive dry running test", the horizontal air-end is shown on the left. The vacuum air-ends are certified Ɛx II 2 G c T3 (-29°C - +50°C) since 2012 and are successfully running in several (hydrocarbons) Vapor Recovery Units VRU, mainly in Europe and Asia.
Vacuum Upgrade at Ball Wakefield, UK 26-01-2017
Five vacuum pumps model UV30 from the year 2000 with 130.000 hours of operation were replaced with three new pumps model UV50 VS90. The new vacuum system was commissioned in January 2017. The control system follows latest standards for the optimized operation of the three frequency-drive equipped UV50 pumps. Two UV50 VS90 units with the total capacity of 6.500 m3/h cover the vacuum flow request from production; one UV50 VS90 unit is in stand-by. The previous four UV30 pumps are returned to Pneumofore for the total overhaul with a full refurbishment and resale. The collaboration of Pneumofore with the present Ball Group goes back to 1983, to the times of the first American National Can factories in Italy, later NACANCO, later Rexam plants.
New Crown Production in Nichols, New York State, USA 29-12-2016
A truck loaded full with 2 piece cans leaving the premises every 8 minutes is evidence of large production capacity. Indeed, this is the latest, and in USA since 20 years also the first, new cans production facility, a diamond in the Crown. As partner in vacuum technology issues, Pneumofore supplied 4 x UV50 vacuum pumps. The units were tailored to fit the demanding specifications by Airtech Vacuum in Rutherford, New Jersey. Total installed capacity is 12.800 m3/h with 360 kW installed power, air cooled and fully interfaced by the most advanced MHI. Similar installations are supplied for Crown in Monterrey, Mexico, and Santafe de Bogota, Colombia.
Latin America Investing in Higher Performance 29-11-2016
Pneumofore is consolidating its presence in Latin America with the recent delivery to Mexico of a UV100, the world’s largest air-cooled twin rotary vane vacuum pump with up to 220 kW nominal power. This unit is equipped with two variable speed drives, one for each motor, and designed for hot climates up to 50°C. The UV100 was shipped on time and flew to North-Central Mexico to supply vacuum in glass bottle production. The customer is one of the world’s most important breweries. The company decided to invest into the modernization of the glasswork by introducing Pneumofore rotary vane technology with the aim to improve productivity and the quality of the glass products and to abandon the huge costs caused by the liquid ring pumps used so far.
Glasstec 2016 - Report 10-10-2016
The glass sector showed its most innovative power at Glasstec, the world’s leading tradeshow for equipment and services which covers the complete value chain for glass manufacturing. The 2016 edition saw more than 40,200 visitors and 1,200 exhibitors presenting themselves to an international expert audience. The traditional presence of Pneumofore as a leading supplier of vacuum and compressed air solutions for the hollow glass industry has been rewarding this year in terms of quantity and quality of the visitors at the company’s stand, which was newly designed for the occasion. Spotlights were on the UV50 VS90 vacuum pump on display, which is one of the most appreciated units in glassworks worldwide for its high reliability and energy savings further enhanced by the Variable Speed drive.
Summer Internship Students in 2016 22-07-2016
Students of Engineering, Administration, Export Sales and Manufacturing Technology regularly come to Pneumofore during their summer break to fulfil their weeks of internship at work. Internship is a great way to show students how to apply their theoretical know-how in practice; the gap between the school and work is easily bridged at young age; the rotation in different offices or production sections gives them insight in real working life. Presently we have 16 to 23 years old students in offices and production. In production, the internship students exceed 10% of the total working resources. We consider this first contact with the industry a delicate step, which we assist carefully, so that we are a preferred internship company for students of the schools and educational institutions nearby. At the end of the internship, lasting 2 to 5 weeks, Pneumofore issues a valid report of the achieved competences. In the picture is Janus Hilfiker working on a vacuum pump model V45, which was designed by his great grandfather Jakob in the 50’s, manufactured by his grandfather Roberto in 1971 and now being overhauled for the first time in 2016. Now 45 years old, this rotary vane pump shows how Pneumofore machines are designed to last longer than a human generation. This almost unbelievable, but real technological achievement, results mainly from the continuous, accurate selection and training of human resources, starting from the basic internship during school education.
Absurd Competition 01-07-2016
Here at Pneumofore, we work to reduce the environmental impact caused by human activity. But, while natural resources are limited, the human eagerness for profit seems to be endless. The prove for this consideration comes from public statements of large, finance-driven competitors, who declare important increase of the spare parts business, and the consequential higher number of employees in aftersales service than in production. The forced replacement of the key component of air compressors and vacuum pumps, namely the screw air-end, just to mention a crucial one, results from “programmed obsolescence strategy”. On the short term, this makes shareholders happy. Shareholders who look at their shares revenue have no clue about the size of environmental sacrifice caused by their profits. Probably only Chief Executives who visit the floor of their factories and meet customers on a regular basis have the real understanding of their responsibility towards nature.
Asian Longevity Criteria 20-06-2016
Back from Propak Asia, the main packaging event in Bangkok, Thailand, we are glad to report about the impressive amount of contacts bored to waste money on screw compressors and vacuum pumps, no matter whether made in Europe or elsewhere. From India to China, the criteria of longevity is well rooted; human longevity, however also longevity for any item, from big to small, natural resources and bicycles, are included. So it comes that our machines match the local philosophy and we succeed to install important compressed air and vacuum systems. With several Pneumofore engineers presently working spread over the continent, we collect the positive feedback from our customers and consolidate our vision of Pneumofore’s future in Asia.
Over 12.000 kW to China for Glass 23-05-2016
After weeks of intense manufacturing and testing, nearly twenty A400 air compressors have left the workshop at Pneumofore headquarters on-time and started their long trip to China under a bright, sunny sky. These machines are the first batch of the largest supply of air compressors designed by Pneumofore for a single glass industry. The customer decided to strongly invest into the modernization and optimization of his glasswork and chose the A Series for the supply of compressed air after experiencing the undiscussed reliability and superior efficiency of the UV Series vacuum pumps. The project includes over forty 250 kW A400 air compressors, some of which equipped with Variable Speed drive. They will be serving the moulding process of hollow glass containers. The delivery of the A Series compressors will be completed by the end of the summer. The entire project will be able to deliver the nominal power of over 12.000 kW.
Swiss Quality Expectations 16-05-2016
Supplies of batches with 20+ units to Striebig AG are regular since 2002. Compact vacuum stations consisting of receivers, filtration, connections pre-set and dedicated electric cabling serve the “vertical panel sawing machines” of Striebig in Switzerland. The vacuum holds the panel and allows sawing of the entire wood panel, without waste caused by any other clamping equipment. The collaboration works on the common ground of “Swiss Quality expectations”; in complete favour of both Striebig and Pneumofore, since we observe the come-back to proper engineering for machinery with long lasting performance, even if the initial purchasing price of our products is higher. World brands of small capacity rotary vane vacuum pumps do not differ much anymore, they are quite popular in many industrial applications. What makes Pneumofore special is the accurate testing and finishing of tailored vacuum solutions, with the same care for these 100 m3/h as we do for large systems with up to several 10.000 m3/h of vacuum capacity.
China Glass 2016 - Report 21-04-2016
With over 20,000 visitors and nearly 900 exhibiting companies, the China Glass exhibition, held from 11 to 14 April 2016 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), confirmed itself as a must-attend meeting point for the glass industry in South East Asia. As leading supplier of centralized systems for the generation of vacuum and compressed air in glassworks around the globe, Pneumofore participated at the event with its local partner Ninesun Consulting to present the company’s latest innovations and product solutions for hollow glass sector, which include the UV100 vacuum pump and the A400 air compressor with 315 kW for pressures from 2,5 to 10 bar(g). Pneumofore is consolidating its presence in the Chinese glass manufacturing industry, with several projects to serve key customers oriented versus modern, environmental-friendly technology.
At the Root of the flourishing Tree 18-04-2016
Despite climate change, which Pneumofore fights with any weapon, we observe with pleasure the flourishing of fruit trees, according to the present season, here in the Mediterranean area and as far as Japan. In order to contribute to the pleasure of botanic gardens and healthy food, Pneumofore is ISO 14001 certified in respect of the environment. More important, at the bottom of Pneumofore is the fact that our products reflect exactly this philosophy. On the picture are displayed the rough casting of large rotors for the A400 and UV50 rotary vane machines. It all starts with defect-free cast iron, according to severe specifications. Inspections at supplier sites in foundries are common practice to keep control right from the starting point. It is as if when we plant the seed, first we check the weather conditions, ground fertility and verify the moon phase according to ancient knowledge. All this for a bright future of the generations to come.
Improved Lubrication for better Performance 13-04-2016

The new casting for the housing of the air ends that fits the new A150 air compressor and the UV24 vacuum pump is well defined. Presently we analyse precisely how to optimize the machine efficiency at different pressure levels. No lubrication pump is found in a traditional Pneumofore rotary vane machine; the oil circuit is kept “active” for cooling and lubrication by using the machine internal pressure differences. The picture shows the newly designed UV24 vacuum pump with vertical layout. The lubrication pipes have singular flow settings to inject the exact amount of coolant, depending on the operational value that can vary from 0.5 mbar(a) to 40 bar(g). Like this, every air-end housing has a different machining procedure, precisely set for a specific application.

Down to 0,48% Warranty Cost in 2015 07-03-2016

In Pneumofore, continuous innovation comes from our people, a strong team of dedicated employees, each one with his own specialization and know-how. The human factor is a huge contribution to the way we do business and a key element in our production processes, which are not strongly automatized. Having so much hand-work involved in our assembly procedure, we must keep a strict quality control and machine testing sequence, to avoid any risk of human mistakes. These accurate checks make sure that our machines are delivered fault-free. As a measure of our production quality, at Pneumofore we traditionally divide the total cost of warranty by the yearly turn over. In 2015, this indicator was reduced to a very low 0,48% value, which means that hardly any customer asked a warranty replacement during the last year. We are extremely glad for this result, which reflects our passion for continuous improvements towards ever-higher quality standards, and strengthens our image as a manufacturer of highly reliable machines for the lowest environmental impact.

Pneumofore at Euro CanTech 2016 04-03-2016
As a leading supplier of centralized vacuum and air systems for the can industry, Pneumofore will participate in Euro CanTech 2016, the technical conference and exhibition for the metal packaging industry that will be held in Berlin, Germany, from 4 to 6 April. Eng. Daniel Hilfiker, President and Owner of Pneumofore, will be among the keynote speakers of the event to demonstrate the advantages of centralized vacuum and compressed air supply in can lines worldwide with the presentation 'No Cans without Vacuum’ on April 5th at 11:00 AM. Alongside the technical conference, Pneumofore will welcome the conference attendees at the concurrent tabletop exhibition. With references such as Rexam, Ball, Can Pack, Crown Cork, United Can and many more, Pneumofore ensures top pneumatic expertise to the global can industry.
Tire Moulding News 26-02-2016
Back from Tire Technology Expo, the leading tire moulding exhibition in Hannover. The update on innovations is relevant to speed-up manufacturing processes for optimized productivity. A note regarding vacuum in tire moulding factories: the traditional spikes on new tires are disappearing, replaced by round signs from minivents; the way that tire moulds are evacuated is improving. This alone brings the following advantages: vacuum is used only upon request by means of spring vents, which reduces the power consumption of the vacuum pump, as the suction holes are securely closed, when required. Secondly, stickers on tire fronts, as applied in large storages to identify the tire model, will stick and remain. Before, the rubber spikes were jeopardizing the long-term adherence of the stickers on the tire profiles. Pneumofore could observe the market and technology trends plus follow up interesting projects, besides those with long-term customers like Michelin and Good Year, now also with Continental. See you there again in 2017!
The 2016 Runner is the A400 Compressor 21-01-2016
The year just started and we registered a full order book, mostly with the large-size A400 air compressor, both in its low pressure version from 2,5 to 4 bar(g) and in the mid-pressure from 5 to 8 bar(g). The minimal installed nominal power is 250 kW, its hot climate HC version has a 315 kW motor installed. A frequent shipping destination are glassworks in Asia, the compressors are used for the hollow glass moulding process and for the manufacturing of tableware. The customers usually experience the extraordinary efficiency and reliability of Pneumofore machines starting from the vacuum side. After decades of continuous running, the rotary vane vacuum pumps of the UV Series keep on perform as new; this is the undiscussed statement which brings our distant customers to also invest in A Series air compressors.
Angola as Destination 07-01-2016
Not frequent, but not the first time that Pneumofore installs vacuum pumps in Southern Africa. The solution with air-cooled vacuum pumps for glassworks and the trouble-free operation over 10+ years has been experienced in other glass plants in Nigeria, Ethiopia and South Africa. Good references are our first and best sales tool, these distant customers are satisfied, even though there is no local service centre. Training about ordinary maintenance is given to the customer during the commissioning phase, so that he can operate and service independently. In the picture are 3 pumps model UV16.

simple, reliable & durable

Direct coupling means few moving parts, low rotation speed, low temperature. This virtually eliminates repairs and ensure superior reliability and longevity.

high energy savings

Air cooling through vertical layout, direct coupling, and intensive oil injection can result in up to 70% less power usage than other systems.

designed for extremes

Tested and proven for high performance in desert and tropical climates and available for special requirements like explosive gas or food safety.

low cost of operation

Low maintenance, negligible repairs, high energy savings and high reliability (no production downtime) make this the least costly long-term option available today.

easy to install and run

Ready-to-use turnkey system with optional Variable Speed drive. No foundation or water needed. Compact footprint with heat recovery. ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

first class support

Each unit comes with integration engineering and a 5-years warranty. Extraordinary and regular service by Pneumofore certified professionals is available worldwide.