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Magnetic-Bearing Compressors

Magnetic-Bearing Compressors
Magnetic-Bearing Compressors

Nortek Air Solutions, and our family of brands, has a strong history of compressor expertise and innovation. We offer advanced compressor technology in all of our air handling solutions and use environmentally friendly HFC refrigerants (R-410A and R-134a) with no ozone depletion potential.

Compressor options include:

  • Rotary-screw
  • Scroll (traditional and digital)
  • Centrifugal (traditional and oil-free, frictionless magnetic bearing)

Oil-free, Frictionless Magnetic-Bearing Compressors

The Danfoss Turbocor oil-free, magnetic-bearing compressors used in our Ultraline™ Packaged DX Systems are the world’s first magnetic-bearing centrifugal compressors that use proven technologies from the aerospace and digital electronic industries to maximize efficiency.

These compressors provide tremendous efficiency at part load and offer significant energy savings for variable air volume (VAV) systems, in addition to lower maintenance costs and improved reliability.

How Do Magnetic-Bearing Compressors Work?

Microprocessors proactively manage compressor operation, reducing speed when there are lower loads and/or condensing temperatures to dramatically reduce energy consumption. Part-load energy efficiency is outstanding, with savings greater than 30% compared to traditional screw compressors. In addition, they are among the quietest compressors in the industry, operating at 70 dBA (conversation level) sound with virtually no vibration.

The rotor shafts and impellers of these advanced compressors levitate during rotation and float on a magnetic cushion, extending equipment life by avoiding metal-to-metal contact of rotating components and solid-state electronics. Minimal scheduled maintenance is required and on-board self-diagnostics/correction of system operation enables effective monitoring. Totally oil-free operation eliminates oil management hardware or controls.

Benefits of Oil-free, Frictionless Magnetic-Bearing Compressors

These compressors offer a number of benefits, including:

  • Efficiency. The exceptionally low-integrated part-load value (IPLV) exceeds ASHRAE 90.1 and California Title 24 energy-efficiency requirements, contributing to a sustainable and environmentally friendly air handling system.
  • Reliability. The compressor’s solid-state electronics and oil-free operation eliminates oil management hardware or controls, downtime costs, lubrication requirements, or metal-to-metal contact of rotating components.
  • Quiet operation. Operating sound is the same level as a normal conversation, at about 70dBA with virtually no vibration.
  • Compact and lightweight design. The compressor’s footprint is about 50% smaller and 75% lighter than that of conventional compressors.
  • Environmental sustainability. These units are optimized to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, using chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)-free refrigerant HFC-134a and advanced technologies for maximum energy efficiency.

Danfoss Turbocor oil-free, frictionless magnetic-bearing compressors are ETL listed.

For more information download the Ultraline Custom Packaged Rooftop Systems brochure.

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