From humble beginnings, BAUER COMPRESSORS continues to lead
As the streets around him still laid in ruin one year after the conclusion of World War II, Hans Bauer began to build compressors in Munich, Germany.
“His overriding mission at the time was to produce technically optimal systems of outstanding quality,” said Rick Goralski, BAUER’S Business Unit Manager for the Plastic Injection Molding. “Today, the company, which began as a single-plant operation in Munich, has grown into a truly global company with subsidiaries in 20 countries. BAUER also has 350 accredited sales partners and 600 service centers worldwide.”
In 1976, BAUER crossed the Atlantic and founded BAUER COMPRESSORS in Norfolk, Virginia. This was the start of BAUER’S expansion into North America.
Despite the impressive growth and global expansion, the company still prides itself on creating the highest quality of products.
“The overarching aim is to build a better tomorrow for future generations by offering outstanding and innovative products,” Goralski said. “Having 75 years of compressor manufacturing experience, which we continually build upon and innovate from, is what allows us to provide the most technically advanced high-pressure solutions within the segments we serve.”
“Bauer’s original application base included high pressure air systems for industry and breathing air,” Goralski continued. “From those early days our product offering for the U.S. has grown to also include solutions for a variety of different applications including biogas compressors, CNG compressors, helium compressors, nitrogen generation systems, nitrogen controllers for plastic injection molding and many more.”
BAUER continues to lead the industry with cutting-edge technology and continuous innovation as evidenced by the new SNG®III stationary on-demand nitrogen generation system and BAUER NCU™ controller for precise nitrogen injection into plastic injection molding machines.
The SNG®III is a turnkey solution designed to generate high-purity nitrogen gas (up to 99.5% N2 purity) directly from ambient air.
“The question we like to ask potential customers is, ‘Why buy Nitrogen when you can make your own?’ So, what makes the SNG®III unique is that it’s a self-contained system that eliminates the hazards involved with the handling of merchant supplied nitrogen in either high-pressure cylinders or bulk cryogenic nitrogen,” Goralski said. “The unit pulls in ambient air and discharges the required purity of nitrogen as specified by the operator.”
The all new SNG®III design includes the brand-new Bauer Evo® series rotary screw compressor feeding all new nitrogen membrane modules resulting in improved nitrogen output and quicker warm-up times to reach operator specified nitrogen purities. The new control system includes an improved user interface and upgraded HMI panel offering a better operator experience than the previous model. A new weatherproof enclosure allows the SNG®III to be installed outdoors, but also leaves plenty of room to service the major components.
“All in all, there are improvements in performance and functionality, which our customers have really appreciated with this new design,” Goralski said.
As injection molding processes become more complex and multiple channel configurations are required, the all-new BAUER NCU™ nitrogen injection controller is ready for the challenge. Available with up to eight control channels, it will interface with any injection molding machine, regardless of make or model. Two separate interface inputs allow the user to control the process on two injection molding machines at the same time.
“All the user has to do is simply select which control valves they want to use for each molding machine from the Siemens 10.5” touch screen HMI,” Goralski said.
The operator interface also allows real-time access to all programmable functions including time, pressure, ramp and start delay. Real-time monitoring of process pressure graphs, pressure gauges, inlet pressure display and molding machine interface confirmations is also included. Precise pressure control with TRUE TRACK RAMPING® assures a robust, repeatable process to reduce part rejects.
Bauer’s exclusive OXYPURGE™ feature purges any oxygen from the mold cavity before resin is injected to reduce or eliminate part burning.
“The new BAUER NCU™ is loaded with standard features, easy to use and virtually maintenance free,” Goralski said. “It includes everything you need for GIT process control at an affordable price and the lowest maintenance costs in the business.”
Every new innovation, design and improvement is a nod to Hans Bauer who started it all nearly eight decades ago.
“Hans Bauer had such a high level of determination and true grit to build a company during one of the most difficult periods the world has ever seen,” Goralski said. “At BAUER COMPRESSORS, we haven’t forgotten our roots, and that level of determination and strong work ethic still exists today.”
For more information, visit bauercomp.com.