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HPC and Air Methods support temporary Covid-19 hospitals with medical quality air

Medical Quality Air

HPC and its distributor Air Methods have provided equipment for a medical compressed air station for a temporary hospital set up as part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Whilst compressed air is essential to a wide range of industries it is a particularly critical resource for specialist medical applications, and especially so during Covid-19,” explains Mark Jackson, Director of Business Development, for HPC. “Typically, in hospitals it is used for driving ventilators, producing enriched oxygen for assisted breathing, and operating pneumatic surgical tools.”

“In this case, it was also crucial that the equipment was delivered within a very short lead time to get the hospital gas system up and running,” Mark continues.

HPC was able to quickly meet the requirement for four high efficiency, sound-proof rotary screw compressors for the hospital medical gas systems, delivering four HPC KAESER ASD 60 Direct Drive Compressors the next day via Air Methods, which completed the installation within a week.

The ASD 60 series provides complete units, ready for operation and are fully automatic. They are designed for high efficiency, and benefit from air cooling and vibration dampening. The compressors feature the advanced SIGMA Control 2 for efficient compressor control and monitoring, with the ability to match compressed air delivery to actual demand, and dynamic control to keep costly idling time to a minimum.

Air Methods also installed an SAM 4.0 (Sigma Air Manager) to provide master control of the four compressors, as well as fitting another SAM 4.0 controller to four other screw compressors in another area of the hospital, to meet the NHS customer’s particular requirements.

“Our engineers also completed the mechanical installation of the air receivers, desiccant dryers and required filters,” explains Graham Auliffe, Director of Air Methods. “This helped ensure that everything was ready quickly for the medical installation engineers to fit the feed lines to the wards and beds.”

“Hospital air compressors need to deliver 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and depend on a reliable supply of high quality, oil-free and dry compressed medical air,” says Mark Jackson. “With our specialist equipment, medical applications can reliably obtain the high grade and continuous air supply that is so crucial.”

HPC works with many medical applications supplying new hospital air plants, and also retrofitting existing compressed air systems with solutions such as compressed air desiccant and refrigerant dryers and filters, enabling hospitals to match the air quality to their specific requirements.

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