Sweden-based multinational vacuum technology manufacturer Atlas Copco has developed its new high performance industrial vacuum controller, the [email protected]

The device is an improvement on previous offerings, providing an enhanced control centre, increased connectivity and system integration. 

An intuitive user interface allows operators to use the on-display menu to adjust settings as well as access key, relevant pump data. 

“The controller can be individually configured by our customers so that only selected values, such as discharge temperature, power consumption or inlet pressure are displayed,” explained Alisatair Darroch, Product Manager, Atlas Copco. 

The controller’s improved connectivity ability allows remote access to [email protected] enabled pumps through smartphones, tablets, laptops, or PC, in addition to wired or WiFi based connections. Other compatible communication protocols include Ethernet/IP, EtherCat, Profinet, Modbus, TCP, Profibus and OPC UA. 

Connecting to their local network, customers are able to take ‘complete advantage’ of automatic software updates and direct remote support from Atlas Copco if necessary. 

“If this level of connectivity is not desired, [email protected] can connect only to the customers network or even not at all,” added Darroch. 

To evaluate a vacuum system, Atlas Copco prioritises four attributes: uptime, performance, ECO and health. 

Uptime essentially records how long the pump runs without failures, performance involves [email protected] assessing the achieved vacuum targets designated by the customer, ECO provides users with energy potential-related feedback, and health evaluates failures as well as indicating when services are due. 

These performance indicators are part of [email protected]’s Insight Card system, which provides customers with vacuum system status, optimisation recommendations, and how to reduce the carbon footprint and improve energy consumption. 

Pump settings can also be saved and stored according to the required level of performance. 

The [email protected]’s ‘Trends’ feature allows operators to assess historic data relevant to various parameters such as engine speed and oil temperature.