|[January 08, 2014]
Stringent Tests Prove BeaconMedaes Equipment Earthquake-proof
ROCK HILL, S.C. --(Business Wire)--
Stringent earthquake testing has proved that BeaconMedaes,
part of the Atlas Copco Group, is the first medical air equipment
supplier in the world to have its products rated as earthquake-proof.
The rating has been provided by the California Office of Statewide
Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) under the Seismic
Prequalification Program (OSP), which came into force in 2009.
BeaconMedaes' innovative products, including scroll air equipment,
lubricated rotary vane vacuum systems and claw vacuum systems, have
proven resistant to the most severe earthquake conditions.
This is a significant achievement for BeaconMedaes, which supplies
medical air, gas and vacuum equipment to hospitals across the globe,
including in some of the world's most seismically active areas. The
company has recently invested further resources in the design of earthquake-resistant
equipment that is compliant with the International Building Code
(IBC), which, since 2009, has become morestringent. Under the IBC, all
equipment placed in a building must handle a predetermined g-force level
or seismic spectrum (SDS). This is calculated according to
the level of seismic activity in the area, with the maximum SDS
being 2.48. As an example, a machine placed on the rooftop of a highly
seismic area such as in Memphis, USA, will have to endure a much higher SDS
than one located in a relatively low-risk area.
It was to ensure that its medical air equipment could meet such strong
seismic activity that BeaconMedaes submitted its scroll air equipment,
lube vane and claw vacuum systems to the OSHPD for testing. The testing
consisted of placing the machinery on a huge hydraulic shaker table and
shaking it to the desired SDS value, which was measured
through accelerometers. The results demonstrated that BeaconMedaes
equipment is able to endure the most severe seismic levels, with the
company's scroll air equipment and lubricated rotary vane vacuum systems
being rated to an SDS level of 2.2 and the smallest tower
scroll (2 Hp) and claw vacuum systems being capable of handling an even
higher SDS level of 2.5.
Becoming certified by the OSHPD means that BeaconMedaes medical air
equipment is now fully compliant with the IBC, and appropriate for use
in the most seismically active areas such as Southern California. In
order to achieve these results, BeaconMedaes had to carefully design its
medical air systems to overcome the challenges that severe earthquakes
entail, with both lubricated rotary vane vacuum systems and scroll air
systems being mounted on pump feet with a design appropriate to seismic
stress to minimize vibration.
For more information about BeaconMedaes' full range of earthquake-proof
medical air and vacuum solutions please visit: http://www.beaconmedaes.com/guru/seismic.html.
About BeaconMedaes: BeaconMedaes
is a global leader providing complete medical gas solutions including
medical air, medical vacuum, gas distribution equipment and pipeline
components. BeaconMedaes has several assembly facilities plus an
extensive sales and service presence throughout the world. In July 2006,
BeaconMedaes was acquired by Atlas Copco and has since become the global
competence center for medical solutions within Atlas Copco. More
information on BeaconMedaes can be found at www.beaconmedaes.com.
Quality Air is a division within Atlas Copco's Compressor
Technique business area. It develops engineers, manufactures and markets
dryers, gas dehydration/gas generation equipment, medical air solutions,
and bio-gas upgrades worldwide. Products are offered under several
brands to a wide range of industries including oil and gas, chemical,
industrial manufacturing, medical and rental. The main production
facilities are in China, Belgium, Italy and USA. The divisional
headquarters is located in Antwerp, Belgium.
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