Manufacturers of industrial equipment know the difficulty of market penetration in countries like USA, Japan and Germany. Whenever somebody thinks to be the best, his interest and understanding is reduced, sometimes to the point of ignoring evidence. Last years, in 2012, Pneumofore sold in Germany a A90.4 rotary vane air compressor set at 3 bar(g), air cooled, with direct coupling. None of the prestigious German compressor manufacturers could offer the guarantee of 5 years of constant performance and efficiency. Curiously, our big boss is Swiss and creates a technological, market and mentality bridge, a connection between the Mediterranean and North Sea. Pneumofore vacuum pumps are frequent in Germany, but our compressors had not been sold there for years! In the low pressure range of 2,5 to 4 bar(g) we offer unique solution proposals, attractive anywhere.
Glassman Europe 2013 has been a successful event for Pneumofore. We had really good visitors to our booth, a great way to celebrate our 90 years of activity! The Conference Program did support the positive result. There we presented the paper "How to improve Forming and Save Energy using Vacuum", highlighting the advantages of our modern vacuum systems installed in different production lines worldwide. We wish to emphasize the high affluence of decision makers coming from extra European countries. At last, we take the chance to thank all visitors to our booth and look forward to good post-fair mutual business opportunities.
An example of unusual machine operation is the variation of power supply, for instance the switch from 400 V, 50 Hz in Europe to 460V, 60Hz in America. This is required when one unit is expected to function in different countries, eg test run in Germany or China and long term operation in USA. In this case both the Frequency and the Voltage vary, but the modification applied on the electrical panel is minor, fitting easily in the existing cabinet. Replaced are a power switch and a dedicated double value transformer for the secondary electrical control circuit. This kind of specifications cannot be satisfied with off-the-shelf products and are fortunately distant from the large quantity serial production of most competitors, who do not offer easily single, special equipment. Instead, this rare requests are satisfied by tailored machines of Pneumofore, offering an expertise of 90 years excellence in rotary vane technology for heavy duty industrial air compressors and vacuum pumps, dynamic and flexible to find solutions where others get stuck.
The trend of installing Variable Speed Drives on air compressors is spread among the world market. The specific efficiency of the compressors [kWmin/m³], depending on the technology, can vary considerably depending on the Hz value, which determines a certain rotation speed. On Pneumofore A series compressors we offer now the VS option without the penalty of strongly reduced efficiency. A possible solution applied on certain units is the use of 6-pole motors, which run as slow as 950 rpm. Now, being the usual rpm 1450 at 50 Hz, and being all Pneumofore machines also designed for 60 Hz countries, the resulting minimal operational window goes from 950 to 1700 rpm. On certain machines the frequency value can be set as high as 75 Hz, thus the rotation speed and accordingly the capacity can vary about 50% .
We celebrate! Thanks to all the Pneumofore staff and suppliers we produce since 90 years excellent rotary vane machines, made to last. Time simply proves it. Pneumofore satisfies those high demanding technical requirements of niche markets, with severe performance, reliability and safety criteria. Applications with typical large use of our compressors or vacuum pumps are the moulding of glass containers, the can industry, the aerospace research, food, petrochemical, air separation, steel plants and forges. Every Pneumofore machine is a masterpiece of extraordinary mechanical precision for highest efficiency and minimal maintenance. The results are happy customers, who enjoy important power savings over decades.
A special 2013 as we celebrate 90 years of Pneumofore! Guests are welcome anytime to visit our factory in Turin, Italy but we also participate to most Exhibitions and Conferences of the Hollow Glass Industry worldwide. Traditionally our sales come from References: our machines speak by themselves with their surprising durability and efficiency. Experienced glass people come to us when trouble with their present vacuum or compressed air setup needs a radical improvement. We will analyze the situation and design the most appropriate pneumatic system, a longterm solution for trouble-free operation over the next few decades. Glasspex India in Mumbai was back in March, in May you find us at Glassman Europe in Warsaw as well as at China Glass in Beijing. In October we plan our partecipation to the Conference on Glass Problems in US and Vitrum in Milano, Italy. After the AFGM 2013 edition, the last, major happening will be GlassTec Asia in Kuala Lumpur towards the end of November. Details regarding our Booth and how to meet us there can be found in the Fairs Section.
Industrial vacuum systems design and pumps setup for the continuous evacuation of water vapour are frequent tasks at Pneumofore. Our documentation is complete and as true and precise as possible, still several engineers require to see with their own eyes to believe such an extraordinary feature. This is how we are pleased to welcome repeatedly vacuum experts at our factory. Actually, liquid stroke and water presence in the lubrication circuit can cause severe, sometimes unrepairable damage on other pumps. With operational temperature of 115°C and the use of the synthetic cooling fluid PLV411, the Pneumofore UV pumps of the H series keep their unique feature of water vapour suction in considerable quantities for drying, packaging, food, cooling and freezing processes. Our engineers will be pleased to analyze and find solutions for such industrial applications, always with the basic Pneumofore approach of minimal ownership cost.
Certified ISO 9001 since the year 1999, Pneumofore still shows better results in quality terms than the industrial average. In fact, the ISO procedures did not improve our quality policy, which is our fundamental criteria of design and manufacturing since 90 years. The closing year 2012 shows again an impressive warranty cost value, corresponding to 0,73% of the turnover. Obviously, we also depend on suppliers for certain components and it did happen to face trouble with problematic parts. But the accurate selection of supply partners and the immense experience collected over generations of engineering result in extraordinary reliability and durability of the Pneumofore rotary vane machines. By the way, Pneumofore offers up to 5 years warranty on Air End functionality and efficiency; try to pretend this from a screw equipment producer !