A Kaeser Airtower 11 rotary screw compressor with integrated refrigeration dryer is continuing to supply leading vehicle repair company Koudsy Body Works (KBW) with reliable, high quality, clean and dry compressed air after more than a decade.

Based in Artarmon, NSW, KBW is a family-owned and managed business with over 30 years of experience in vehicle repairs. KBW caters for both vehicle repair insurance and private work as well as specialising in car and motorcycle custom and restoration work. Dedicated to completing work at the highest standards, KBW keeps its team trained in an evolving industry while investing in state-of-the-art machinery to ensure each motor vehicle leaving the shop looks better than ever.

From powering air tools to the spray paint booth, compressed air is integral to the operation. Just over a decade ago, an ageing compressed air system prompted KBW’s Manager Charles Koudsy to contact the company’s longstanding compressed air partner Fracks for a solution. Fracks – an authorised Kaeser partner – recommended and subsequently installed an Airtower 11 from Kaeser. The Airtower was a compact compressor solution that incorporated a rotary screw compressor and refrigeration dryer within one housing. This series was recently superseded by Kaeser’s SM T series.

Like the SM T models, the Airtower 11 was designed and manufactured in Germany to Kaeser’s superior standards. At its heart lies a premium-quality screw compressor block equipped with the Kaeser ‘Sigma Profile’ rotors, which achieve power savings of up to 15% compared with conventional screw compressor block rotor profiles.

The Airtower 11 at KBW also features an integral refrigeration dryer. This has kept space requirements to a minimum while ensuring that the compressed air is clean and dry – a key criteria for spray painting in vehicle repairs. As with all Kaeser compressors, the Airtower was designed and built to be maintenance-friendly, with excellent component access from one side.

“If our compressor doesn’t work, our business doesn’t work,” says Koudsy. “Especially for the spray painting side of the business, without quality and reliable compressed air we cannot function. The air also needs to always be clean with no moisture in the line. If this were to occur it would jeopardise the quality of the finish and be costly to re-do. We pride ourselves on the quality of work we do and it is essential that we use quality equipment. We have had the Kaeser compressed air system for quite some time now and it continues to work reliably and efficiently for us.’

The current SM T series of rotary screw compressors with integrated refrigeration dryer from Kaeser are available with working pressures 7.5 to 13 bar, motor power 5.5kW to 9kW and free air deliveries 0.56 to 1.50 cubic metres/min.