Leading New Zealand food science facility relies on ELGi’s AB series to deliver oil-free ‘Class 0’ compressed air

ELGi Equipments, one of the world’s leading air compressor manufacturers, together with its authorised partner Compressed Air Controls, have provided a complete oil-free ‘Class 0’ turnkey compressed air system solution to a new food science facility jointly operated by a trio of leading New Zealand research providers.

A dedicated supply of 100 per cent oil-free compressed air was required in the recent development of the facility Te Ohu Rangahau Kai, which is shared by Massey University, AgResearch and the Riddet Institute, and is situated on the university’s Manawatū campus in Palmerston North. To find the right solution to meet the stringent requirements, Massey University contacted long-standing compressed air partner Compressed Air Controls, one of ELGi’s authorised partners.

Steve Carran, Territory Manager at Compressed Air Controls, said, “We designed a complete skid-mounted turnkey solution, including an ELGi AB37 oil-free screw air compressor and an Airmate EGRD200 refrigerated air dryer complete with downstream filtration, and full stainless steel air lines to meet their needs.”

Keith Harvey, Project Manager at Massey University, said, “It was essential that the compressed air supply for the nitrogen system used in the mass spectrometers was certified Class 0, eliminating the risk of oil contamination. In addition, we required a highly reliable compressed air system and the assurance of local service backup. ”

Installed in September 2022, the ELGi AB series was particularly suited to meet AgResearch’s requirements such as zero process contamination, low lifecycle costs, low maintenance cost, high reliability, low carbon footprint.

Ramesh Ponnuswami, Executive Director, ELGi OSEA, said, “ELGi’s AB series represents a real disruption in oil-free compressed air technology for sensitive industrial applications that not only demand 100 per cent oil-free compressed air in compliance with ISO 8573-1, but want to achieve high reliability and high efficiency with low cost of ownership and minimal environmental impact.”