Gardner Denver has unveiled its new compressor solution for the transit market, ideally suited to the meet the demands of the latest hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) and fully-electric vehicles (FEVs) for weight, size, noise, energy efficiency and sustainability.
Available from the company’s Hydrovane brand, the new TX02 transit compressor is quiet, compact and reliable, complementing the newest commercial HEVs and FEVs being deployed to help reduce CO2 emissions and noise pollution. The new compressor also delivers an optimised weight-to-air output ratio, therefore providing a light but efficient solution.
With vehicle manufacturers under increasing pressure from commercial operators to develop more environmentally-friendly solutions, the Hydrovane TX02 compressor has been designed following the end of the European ECOCHAMPS initiative. A consortium of 26 partners, the project aimed to develop efficient, compact, low weight, robust and cost-effective hybrid powertrains for light, medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses.
Compressed air is a critical element in pneumatic braking systems, door operations and suspension in larger commercial vehicles, as well as kneeling systems for buses. Many of the compressors on the market today are based on older technology, which is heavier and noisier, plus reliant on a larger capacity cooling system. This can result in additional costs when compared with Gardner Denver’s new solution, which is lighter and incorporates a modular cooling system.
The compressor, which uses new optimised rotary vane technology, can be customised to meet individual vehicle requirements. Available in high and low voltage configurations, the TX02 is capable of running at variable speeds up to 3,000 RPM, with pressure ranges of 7.5, 10 and 13.5 bar, and volume flow up to 450 l/min, depending on the model selected. As a result, vehicle manufacturers can select a solution that meets their exact needs.
Driven directly and compact, the TX02 has been designed with easy vehicle integration in mind. Offering an air end weight of just 22kg and a total package weight of less than 35kg, the TX02 also offers market leading noise and vibration characteristics, meaning it can be sited anywhere on the vehicle without impacting on the passenger or driver environment.
Mike Foster, Transit Market Sector Manager at Gardner Denver, explains: “Driven by our market knowledge and insight into future customer needs, we are extremely excited to launch this revolutionary new rotary vane technology that solves so many of the challenges faced by commercial vehicle operators and manufacturers.