‘When the boat comes in!’

Aerzen Rental Blowers at Rio Tinto

Rental equipment doesn't just fill the gap when unexpected failures occur, it can also play an integral part in planning – for example, serving as a replacement during maintenance and repairs, facility construction and renovation, in research and development projects or during process optimization. There is a wide range of applications: Vacuum and positive pressure air systems for pneumatic transport, industrial and municipal wastewater treatment, filter rinsing, fermentation and many more.

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AIR, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aerzen Blowers and Compressor, specializing in rental solutions. The company offers a comprehensive range of frequency-controlled, oil-free Aerzen blowers and compressors with a pressure range from -700 mbar to 10,000 mbar, specially developed for rental applications: robust, easy to transport, user-friendly units that can be installed outdoors. Complete turn-key systems can be supplied upon request. On-site installation, commissioning and personnel orientation are included in delivery.

The customer benefits are obvious: clear costs, quick delivery times and flexibility as well as around the clock support from a professional service provider.

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Rio Tinto, a global leader in the manufacture of Aluminum, took advantage of these benefits at their Ashington plant in Northumberland. Quick action was called for after their ship vacuum unloading system had a major motor failure. A replacement was to take around 4 weeks and Rio Tinto had ship deliveries due in which required unloading.

Andy Gill of Rio Tinto contacted David Kearsley at Aerzen International Rental to see if they could help. They had a volume requirement for just over 27,000m³/hr at -480mbar. Aerzen International Rental then put together an action plan to send 6 off BVO5500 oil-free blower packages to site along with Pipework. Power consumption was calculated to so Andy knew he could run all the machines together.

Aerzen International Rental deployed their engineers to site. Some of the blower were set up for positive pressure and so required converting to vacuum. Pipework was installed and control connection made.

With the ship due in, the system needed to work. Rio Tinto successfully unloaded 8,000 tons of aluminum.