Its hybrid cooling capabilities offer extra flexibility for the user too. Operators can choose between either air-cooling, water-cooling or both, depending on the most economic means of cooling at the time.
For example, air-cooling might be more cost-effective to use during the winter period, as the heated cooling air can then be re-purposed for space heating in a facility. On the other hand, during summer months, when there is no demand for space heating, a water-cooled operating mode might be more economic.
The air-cooled Ultima compressor offers cost savings of up to 13 per cent when compared with industry standards, even without the additional application of heat recovery. Thanks to the speed-regulated fans, the power consumption in standard ambient conditions or at partial load is reduced even further.
Ultima is also the quietest compressor in its class, with noise levels not exceeding 70 dB(a) for the air-cooled model. For those deciding to operate the compressor at the point of use, this low noise level is yet another benefit.
Dr David Bruchof, Product Manager for Industrial Compressors at Gardner Denver, explains:
“For sites where air quality cannot be compromised, such as applications in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, electronic and automotive sectors Ultima offers an ideal solution. This is a real game-changer for many applications.”