7th March 2019: Atlas Copco has introduced Stage V compliant diesel engines to its DrillAir range of high-pressure portable compressors. Mainly used for ground engineering, pipeline services, water well and geothermal drilling; the DrillAir range encompasses several large compressor models with operating pressures between 20-35 bar and flows from 20.6-42 m3/min. Additionally, Atlas Copco has applied the new Xc4004 Smart Air controller to this compressor range. These developments, in combination with the AirXpert 2.0 performance management system, mean that drilling companies can both reduce engine emission levels and improve their operating performance.
“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,” said Hendrik Timmermans, Vice-President Marketing for Atlas Copco’s Portable Air division. “The range has now been further enhanced with the addition of Stage V compliant engines, Xc4004 and AirXpert 2.0; enabling operators to finish jobs in record time.”
Introducing Stage V compatibility
Following the latest emission regulations, a Stage V compliant Scania engine will now feature at the heart of all new DrillAir compressors. This is with the exception of the Y35 and V39 models that will be Stage V compliant in a later phase. This introduction boosts the efficiency of the DrillAir compressors from 3 to 4.5 per cent.
Beyond Stage V efficiency
In applications where fuel expenses are calculated per meter drilled, it’s key to have the best in class efficient compressor as feed air for any drill rig. Atlas Copco goes beyond introducing Stage V compatible engines. The V21 and H23 DrillAir compressors feature the newest in-house designed Atlas Copco air element, further increasing efficiency levels by another 2 per cent.
In addition, the patented XPR system (Extended Pressure Range) extends the pressure band of the Y35 DrillAir compressor from 15 up to 35 bar. Consequently, the Y35 can be used for a variety of applications; making it the preferred choice for rental companies seeking to increase their return on investment.
Designed for reliability
The IP67 rating of Drillair motors increases the reliability of the improved and patented AirXpert 2.0 performance management system. Less connections and a more robust design protect the system from vibrations and shocks. This performance management system boosts productivity, either by providing additional flow or by stabilising either flow or pressure.
The Xc4004 Smart Air controller’s 7-inch display allows users to monitor both pressure and flow via a single screen, without having to toggle around. Users can also easily access the history of 15 variable parameters, offering full control. Additionally, the OilXpert feature enables users to monitor and adjust oil temperature and extend the lifespan of compressor oil; further improving total cost of ownership.
Made for tough applications
The new IP67 rated Xc4004 compressor controller is a perfect fit for tough drilling applications. Atlas Copco also offer remote controlling via a secondary screen that can be attached to a drill rig. This enables operators to control the compressor’s feed air directly from their point of use.
For added peace of mind, the 3-layer corrosion protected canopy is C3 certified following a 460 hours salt spray test. Finally, the small footprint of DrillAir compressors enables drillers to combine their feed air compressor and drill rig on one truck, making it easy to manoeuvre around rough terrain while minimising transport expenses and time. These features greatly improve the resale value of any DrillAir compressor; further improving the return on investment.