Exactly 20 years after inventing the first variable speed drive (VSD) compressor, Atlas Copco designed its own inverter for their VSD machines. The Neos is Atlas Copco’s first in-house designed inverter for GA oil-injected screw compressors. But why did a compressor builder decide to invent its own inverter?
There is one myth we should bust right away: the Neos wasn’t built because there is something wrong with the inverters from suppliers. Atlas Copco has been using off-the-shelf inverters successfully for years. Those components work fine, but then they work fine for all kinds of motors: those in pumps, fans, cranes, mixers, etc. And that brings us to the first point…
Atlas Copco have developed their own inverter, named ‘NEOS’, which has been specifically designed to operate with their range of compressors.
“The Neos drive is the result of collaboration between Atlas Copco and our long-time electronics providers, combining years of experience and knowledge of energy-efficient compressor technology,” said Robert Eshelman, vice president, Industrial Air Division, Atlas Copco Compressors. “Since we introduced the first variable speed drive compressor in 1994, we have continued our legacy of innovation with the development of this proprietary drive technology.”