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July 13, 2017

A brand new day has dawned for Sullair!

Early July 13, 2017 – The day before our company’s 52nd birthday, Sullair officially became A Hitachi Group Company. The combination of Sullair and Hitachi represents a uniquely attractive opportunity for Sullair, its distributors and its end customers. 

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Sullair OFD1550 compressors

OFD1550 Named a Plant Engineering 2018 Product of the Year Finalist

MICHIGAN CITY, IN (November 8, 2018) Plant Engineering magazine has selected the Sullair OFD1550 portable oil free rotary screw air compressor as a 2018 Product of the Year Finalist. 2018 is the 31st year of the Plant Engineering Product of the Year award program, which allows readers the opportunity to select outstanding new products to help them do their jobs smarter, safer, more efficiently and more productively.

“We are honored the OFD1550 is named a Product of the Year Finalist,” said Friedmar Rumpel, Global Vice President of Product and Program Management at Sullair. “As Sullair continues to execute the expansion of its oil free air portfolio, we identified a growing need in the marketplace for back-up oil free air. The engineering completed on the OFD1550 has resulted in a truly innovative air flow package design to provide optimal performance and cooling under various load and ambient situations.”

First introduced in February 2018, the OFD1550 is yet another solution in the ever-expanding Sullair oil free portfolio. As more customers seek options for sensitive compressed air needs – including pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, electronics and more – products are needed for dedicated oil free plant air and back-up oil free air. 

The OFD1550 is packed with features to help ensure versatile operations and maximum uptime, such as a full color 7” Sullair Touch Screen controller; Sullair AirLinx® remote monitoring and telematics; a refinery package offering; and a Cold Weather Package.

Plant Engineering Product of the Year finalists are announced November 8, 2018, and qualified subscribers can vote here through January 4, 2019. Award winners are announced on Plant Engineering’s website on April 9, 2019, and listed in the publication’s May 2019 issue.

Sullair has previously been honored with Product of the Year awards in 2006 (S-energy®); 2008 (EES®); 2009 (TS20); 2012 (E900 – Silver Award); and 2017 (LS Series – Silver Award).

Sullair LS160S stationary rotary screw air compressor

LS Series Oil-Flooded Rotary Screw Air Compressor Line Expanded to 200 hp

CHICAGO (Oct. 14, 2018) – Sullair, an industry leader in innovative compressed air solutions since 1965, announced the launch of the LS160 oil-flooded rotary screw air compressor. The LS160 expands the innovation and performance of the Sullair LS series – first introduced in 2017 – to the next horsepower range, delivering 200 hp and 160 kW. The Sullair LS Series now includes offerings from 125-200 hp and 90-160 kW.

“The LS Series has been one of the most well-received stationary products in decades for Sullair,” said Friedmar Rumpel, Global VP, Product and Program Management. “With unprecedented ease of use and performance, the LS Series has set the stage for ‘Sullair – The Next Half Century’ and redefined our new product development.”

The LS160 offers improved efficiency through its new, patent-pending air end design. The air end takes proven bearing technology and combines it with a new, larger rotor profile. Additionally, the new air end features all internal porting meaning fewer components are needed, which helps increase durability.

“The air end in the LS series was designed to maintain the Sullair legacy of durability and increase maximum efficiency,” said John Randall, Vice President of Global Engineering. “The LS Series leads its category in efficiency and is expected to be the most efficient 200 hp oil-flooded rotary screw air compressor Sullair has ever offered.”

In many applications, such as packaging, an air compressor must be able to quickly adapt. The Sullair LS Series is the first to offer Electronic Spiral Valve technology in all models. With electronic precision and control, the Electric Spiral Valve technology now more tightly matches supply to system demand.

The LS160 also offers Sullair AirLinx® Remote Monitoring. AirLinx provides customers the opportunity to monitor all operational parameters in real time via computer, tablet or phone. Aside from the ability to monitor operations, AirLinx may also be customized to provide automatic alerts when an unexpected reading or fault occurs. This speed‐to‐alert helps users minimize unplanned downtime.

Other features included in the Sullair LS160 are a full enclosure, TEFC motor, Wye‐Delta starter, phase monitor and zero loss drain. Additionally, the LS Series provides numerous options to help customers meet their specific compressor needs.

To learn more about the LS Series and other Sullair stationary product offerings, visit booth E-7759 at Pack Expo International or view the Sullair stationary products page.

Sullair Featured in Compact Equipment Magazine

The September 2018 issue of Compact Equipment magazine features the article "Air Tools - And Where There Are Air Tools There Are Air Compressors," written by Nav Sharma, Senior Product Manager - Portables, at Sullair. The article informs readers of how to select the appropriate air tools and size the appropriate portable air compressor for their needs.

To read the full article, please click here (pages 48-49). 

Sullair LS110S compressor

LS Series Rotary Screw Air Compressors Showcased at IMTS 2018

CHICAGO (Sept. 10, 2018) – Sullair, an industry leader in innovative compressed air solutions since 1965, will showcase its LS Series rotary screw air compressors at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) taking place September 10-15, 2018 in Chicago. 

The LS Series – first introduced in 2017 – is currently available in horsepower ranges from 125-150 hp (90-110 kW) and can provide pressures from 110-175 psi (7.6-12 bar). The LS Series will soon expand to the next horsepower range delivering up to 200 hp (160 kW) and 200 psi (13.8 bar).

“We are very proud of the LS Series,” said Brit Thielemann, Senior Product Manager – Commercial & Industrial Air Solutions at Sullair. “The LS90-110 has been well received in the market, so we are excited to soon expand our offerings to the next horsepower range.”

The LS Series of compressors is the first to utilize a patent‐pending air end design. The air end takes proven bearing technology and combines it with a new, larger rotor profile – resulting in the most energy‐efficient single stage compressor Sullair has ever offered. Additionally, the new air end features all internal porting meaning fewer components are needed, which helps increase Sullair durability.

Long known for its stationary compressor offerings, the Sullair LS Series combines durability and reliability, while adding unprecedented ease of use and performance. The LS Series was designed with this promise in mind, and the compressor has many innovative features that make it stand out.

The LS Series offers AirLinx® Remote Monitoring. AirLinx allows customers to monitor all operational parameters in real time via computer, tablet or smartphone. AirLinx may also be customized to provide automatic alerts when an unexpected reading or fault occurs. This speed‐to‐alert helps users minimize unplanned downtime in their operations.

The LS Series also includes Electronic Spiral Valve technology to quickly adapt to fluctuating air demand in manufacturing facilities. 

“The Electronic Spiral Valve represents the most cost‐effective capacity control option available today,” said Thielemann. “We have taken our decades of experience in spiral valve technology and significantly upgraded it with the use of electronic controls. This new technology maintains a very tight one PSI control band – effectively matching compressor supply to demand. Put simply, the Electronic Spiral Valve helps ensure our customers are not spending money making air which they don’t need.”

Other features included in the Sullair LS Series are a full enclosure, TEFC motor, Wye‐Delta starter, phase monitor and zero loss drain. Additionally, the LS Series provides numerous options to help customers meet their specific compressor needs.

To learn more about the LS Series and other Sullair product offerings, visit booth #237470 at IMTS 2018 or visit Sullair.com. 

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About Sullair
Since 1965, Sullair has developed and manufactured air compressors with proven reliability and wear-free durability. Sullair is globally recognized as a leading manufacturer of air compressors for use in manufacturing, oil and gas operations, food processing, construction and more. Sullair has manufacturing capabilities in Michigan City, Indiana; and Shenzhen and Suzhou, China; as well as a JV (IHI-Sullair) based in Suzhou. For more information, visit www.sullair.com. Sullair is A Hitachi Group Company. 

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges, combining its operational technology, information technology, and products/systems. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2017 (ended March 31, 2018) totaled 9,368.6 billion yen ($88.4 billion). The Hitachi Group is an innovation partner for the IoT era, and it has approximately 307,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation with customers, Hitachi is deploying Social Innovation Business using digital technologies in a broad range of sectors, including Power/Energy, Industry/Distribution/Water, Urban Development, and Finance/Social Infrastructure/Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

Sullair SRL oil free compressor

Sullair Displays Expanded Oil Free Offerings at IMTS 2018

CHICAGO (Sept. 10, 2018) – Sullair, an industry leader in innovative compressed air solutions since 1965, will showcase its expanded oil free compressor line at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) taking place September 10-15, 2018 in Chicago. Following its acquisition by Hitachi in 2017, Sullair has combined the strength of both compressor companies to rapidly expand its oil free product offerings. 

Built on Hitachi engineering, the SRL Series and DSP Series are the latest oil free offerings by Sullair. Both the DSP and SRL Series compressors are certified under the ISO standard – ISO 8573-1 – for Class 0 oil free air, making them suitable for a variety of applications requiring oil free air, such as food and beverage manufacturing, robotics, pharmaceuticals, automotive and high-technology manufacturing.

“Both compressors are ideal for applications where Class 0 oil free air is required,” said Friedmar Rumpel, Global Vice President of Product and Program Management at Sullair. “In many operations, compressed air comes into contact with items in the manufacturing process. Oil free compressors eliminate potential contamination because no oil or lubricant is introduced into the air compression process.”

The DSP Series is built on a Hitachi engineered package design based on more than 50 years of oil free rotary screw experience. As the newest joint stationary compressor offered between Sullair and Hitachi, the DSP Series features rotary screw dependability with the innovative air end design and variable speed technology offerings to help manage energy efficiency. With offerings from 30-300 hp (22-240 kW) at 125 psig, the DSP Series is suitable for applications requiring completely oil free air.

The DSP also offers a variable speed drive (VSD) that features a patented No Inlet Valve design. The VSD adjusts the speed of the motor to match the compressed air supply needed. This design provides the user with maximum energy efficiency and operating consistency. 

“The energy costs associated with running an air compressor can quickly exceed the initial purchase cost,” said Rumpel. “The VSD allows our customers to be able to match compressor production capacity to their facility needs.”

Also built on Hitachi engineering, the SRL Series of oil free scroll air compressors is ideal for smaller shops and operations requiring oil free air. The SRL Series is powered by scroll compression technology, which allows continuous air movement from the suction port through the discharge port. Scroll compression provides pulsation free delivery of compressed air from 2-44 hp (1.5-33 kW) at 120-145 psig.

The SRL Series features an extremely quiet design suitable for indoor applications with noise levels as low as 48 dBA and does not require a separate sound attenuated room. The SRL may be installed at the point of use, resulting in lower installation and piping costs.

To learn more about the DSP and SRL Series, or other Sullair oil free products, visit booth #237470 at IMTS 2018 or visit Sullair.com.

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About Sullair
Since 1965, Sullair has developed and manufactured air compressors with proven reliability and wear-free durability. Sullair is globally recognized as a leading manufacturer of air compressors for use in manufacturing, oil and gas operations, food processing, construction and more. Sullair has manufacturing capabilities in Michigan City, Indiana; and Shenzhen and Suzhou, China; as well as a JV (IHI-Sullair) based in Suzhou. For more information, visit www.sullair.com. Sullair is A Hitachi Group Company. 

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges, combining its operational technology, information technology, and products/systems. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2017 (ended March 31, 2018) totaled 9,368.6 billion yen ($88.4 billion). The Hitachi Group is an innovation partner for the IoT era, and it has approximately 307,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation with customers, Hitachi is deploying Social Innovation Business using digital technologies in a broad range of sectors, including Power/Energy, Industry/Distribution/Water, Urban Development, and Finance/Social Infrastructure/Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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Compressed Air Best Practices Covers Sullair One Year Anniversary as A Hitachi Group Company

The October 2018 issue of Compressed Air Best Practices provided coverage of Sullair and its recent one-year anniversary of becoming A Hitachi Group Company. The celebration -- held in Michigan City, Indiana -- drew more than 1,200 Sullair and Hitachi employees and family members, Hitachi executives and local dignitaries from Michigan City and the state of Indiana.

Compressed Air Best Practices is a leading technical magazine dedicated to discovering energy savings in compressed air systems.

To read the full article (pages 10-11), click here

Sullair OFD1550 compressors

OFD1550 Named a Plant Engineering 2018 Product of the Year Finalist

MICHIGAN CITY, IN (November 8, 2018) Plant Engineering magazine has selected the Sullair OFD1550 portable oil free rotary screw air compressor as a 2018 Product of the Year Finalist. 2018 is the 31st year of the Plant Engineering Product of the Year award program, which allows readers the opportunity to select outstanding new products to help them do their jobs smarter, safer, more efficiently and more productively.

“We are honored the OFD1550 is named a Product of the Year Finalist,” said Friedmar Rumpel, Global Vice President of Product and Program Management at Sullair. “As Sullair continues to execute the expansion of its oil free air portfolio, we identified a growing need in the marketplace for back-up oil free air. The engineering completed on the OFD1550 has resulted in a truly innovative air flow package design to provide optimal performance and cooling under various load and ambient situations.”

First introduced in February 2018, the OFD1550 is yet another solution in the ever-expanding Sullair oil free portfolio. As more customers seek options for sensitive compressed air needs – including pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, electronics and more – products are needed for dedicated oil free plant air and back-up oil free air. 

The OFD1550 is packed with features to help ensure versatile operations and maximum uptime, such as a full color 7” Sullair Touch Screen controller; Sullair AirLinx® remote monitoring and telematics; a refinery package offering; and a Cold Weather Package.

Plant Engineering Product of the Year finalists are announced November 8, 2018, and qualified subscribers can vote here through January 4, 2019. Award winners are announced on Plant Engineering’s website on April 9, 2019, and listed in the publication’s May 2019 issue.

Sullair has previously been honored with Product of the Year awards in 2006 (S-energy®); 2008 (EES®); 2009 (TS20); 2012 (E900 – Silver Award); and 2017 (LS Series – Silver Award).

Sullair LS160S stationary rotary screw air compressor

LS Series Oil-Flooded Rotary Screw Air Compressor Line Expanded to 200 hp

CHICAGO (Oct. 14, 2018) – Sullair, an industry leader in innovative compressed air solutions since 1965, announced the launch of the LS160 oil-flooded rotary screw air compressor. The LS160 expands the innovation and performance of the Sullair LS series – first introduced in 2017 – to the next horsepower range, delivering 200 hp and 160 kW. The Sullair LS Series now includes offerings from 125-200 hp and 90-160 kW.

“The LS Series has been one of the most well-received stationary products in decades for Sullair,” said Friedmar Rumpel, Global VP, Product and Program Management. “With unprecedented ease of use and performance, the LS Series has set the stage for ‘Sullair – The Next Half Century’ and redefined our new product development.”

The LS160 offers improved efficiency through its new, patent-pending air end design. The air end takes proven bearing technology and combines it with a new, larger rotor profile. Additionally, the new air end features all internal porting meaning fewer components are needed, which helps increase durability.

“The air end in the LS series was designed to maintain the Sullair legacy of durability and increase maximum efficiency,” said John Randall, Vice President of Global Engineering. “The LS Series leads its category in efficiency and is expected to be the most efficient 200 hp oil-flooded rotary screw air compressor Sullair has ever offered.”

In many applications, such as packaging, an air compressor must be able to quickly adapt. The Sullair LS Series is the first to offer Electronic Spiral Valve technology in all models. With electronic precision and control, the Electric Spiral Valve technology now more tightly matches supply to system demand.

The LS160 also offers Sullair AirLinx® Remote Monitoring. AirLinx provides customers the opportunity to monitor all operational parameters in real time via computer, tablet or phone. Aside from the ability to monitor operations, AirLinx may also be customized to provide automatic alerts when an unexpected reading or fault occurs. This speed‐to‐alert helps users minimize unplanned downtime.

Other features included in the Sullair LS160 are a full enclosure, TEFC motor, Wye‐Delta starter, phase monitor and zero loss drain. Additionally, the LS Series provides numerous options to help customers meet their specific compressor needs.

To learn more about the LS Series and other Sullair stationary product offerings, visit booth E-7759 at Pack Expo International or view the Sullair stationary products page.

Sullair Featured in Compact Equipment Magazine

The September 2018 issue of Compact Equipment magazine features the article "Air Tools - And Where There Are Air Tools There Are Air Compressors," written by Nav Sharma, Senior Product Manager - Portables, at Sullair. The article informs readers of how to select the appropriate air tools and size the appropriate portable air compressor for their needs.

To read the full article, please click here (pages 48-49). 

Sullair LS110S compressor

LS Series Rotary Screw Air Compressors Showcased at IMTS 2018

CHICAGO (Sept. 10, 2018) – Sullair, an industry leader in innovative compressed air solutions since 1965, will showcase its LS Series rotary screw air compressors at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) taking place September 10-15, 2018 in Chicago. 

The LS Series – first introduced in 2017 – is currently available in horsepower ranges from 125-150 hp (90-110 kW) and can provide pressures from 110-175 psi (7.6-12 bar). The LS Series will soon expand to the next horsepower range delivering up to 200 hp (160 kW) and 200 psi (13.8 bar).

“We are very proud of the LS Series,” said Brit Thielemann, Senior Product Manager – Commercial & Industrial Air Solutions at Sullair. “The LS90-110 has been well received in the market, so we are excited to soon expand our offerings to the next horsepower range.”

The LS Series of compressors is the first to utilize a patent‐pending air end design. The air end takes proven bearing technology and combines it with a new, larger rotor profile – resulting in the most energy‐efficient single stage compressor Sullair has ever offered. Additionally, the new air end features all internal porting meaning fewer components are needed, which helps increase Sullair durability.

Long known for its stationary compressor offerings, the Sullair LS Series combines durability and reliability, while adding unprecedented ease of use and performance. The LS Series was designed with this promise in mind, and the compressor has many innovative features that make it stand out.

The LS Series offers AirLinx® Remote Monitoring. AirLinx allows customers to monitor all operational parameters in real time via computer, tablet or smartphone. AirLinx may also be customized to provide automatic alerts when an unexpected reading or fault occurs. This speed‐to‐alert helps users minimize unplanned downtime in their operations.

The LS Series also includes Electronic Spiral Valve technology to quickly adapt to fluctuating air demand in manufacturing facilities. 

“The Electronic Spiral Valve represents the most cost‐effective capacity control option available today,” said Thielemann. “We have taken our decades of experience in spiral valve technology and significantly upgraded it with the use of electronic controls. This new technology maintains a very tight one PSI control band – effectively matching compressor supply to demand. Put simply, the Electronic Spiral Valve helps ensure our customers are not spending money making air which they don’t need.”

Other features included in the Sullair LS Series are a full enclosure, TEFC motor, Wye‐Delta starter, phase monitor and zero loss drain. Additionally, the LS Series provides numerous options to help customers meet their specific compressor needs.

To learn more about the LS Series and other Sullair product offerings, visit booth #237470 at IMTS 2018 or visit Sullair.com. 

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About Sullair
Since 1965, Sullair has developed and manufactured air compressors with proven reliability and wear-free durability. Sullair is globally recognized as a leading manufacturer of air compressors for use in manufacturing, oil and gas operations, food processing, construction and more. Sullair has manufacturing capabilities in Michigan City, Indiana; and Shenzhen and Suzhou, China; as well as a JV (IHI-Sullair) based in Suzhou. For more information, visit www.sullair.com. Sullair is A Hitachi Group Company. 

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges, combining its operational technology, information technology, and products/systems. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2017 (ended March 31, 2018) totaled 9,368.6 billion yen ($88.4 billion). The Hitachi Group is an innovation partner for the IoT era, and it has approximately 307,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation with customers, Hitachi is deploying Social Innovation Business using digital technologies in a broad range of sectors, including Power/Energy, Industry/Distribution/Water, Urban Development, and Finance/Social Infrastructure/Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.