Sulzer and Tamturbo join forces in highspeed compression

Sulzer, Winterthur, Switzerland, and Tamturbo, Tampere, Finland, say they will together bring the benefits of high-speed technology in air compression to customers that need intrinsically safe oil-free air. The target is to replace existing technologies such as oil-free screw compressors in these applications. The global agreement covers sales to all industries focusing on Sulzer’s key industries such as pulp and paper, food, metals, mining and chemical processing.

Sulzer has used high-speed technology in its products for more than 20 years. The HST™ turbo compressor is said to be the market leader in low-pressure compression e.g. in wastewater treatment applications. With this co-operation, Sulzer is tapping into a similar technological transformation in industrial air compression that happened in the low-pressure blower market from 1996 onwards.

Tamturbo focuses on the industrial oil-free compressed air market. Its high-efficiency turbo compressors produce oil-free air that does not contaminate the product. They typically supply 3-10-bar pressure to industrial compressed air networks “at the lowest possible total cost of ownership”, says Tamturbo.

The core of the co-operation agreement is the highspeed technology with active magnetic bearings. The application of variable frequency electrical supply and advanced control technologies also plays an important role in the products. The flow mechanics are optimized by advanced calculation to avoid energy waste. The HSR line of high-speed turbo compressors that Sulzer launched in December 2018 builds on this advanced technology.

www.sulzer.com/hsr

www.tamturbo.com

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