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 and 35-bar and flows from 20.6-42m3/min. Atlas Copco has also applied the new Xc4004 Smart Air controller to this compressor range. These developments, in combination with the AirXpert 2.0 performance management system, meaning that users can both reduce engine emission levels and improve 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."
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.
In applications where fuel expenses are calculated per metre drilled, it is key to have the best in class efficient compressor as feed air for any drill rig. The V21 and H23 DrillAir compressors feature the newest in-house designed Atlas Copco air element, further increasing efficiency levels by another two 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.
The IP67 rating of Drillair motors increases the reliability of the improved and patented AirXpert 2.0 performance management system. Fewer 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 7in 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.
Atlas Copco also offers remote controlling via a secondary screen that can be attached to a drill rig, enabling operators to control the compressor's feed air directly from their point of use.
For added peace of mind, the three-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.