Pneumofore S.p.A.

Via N. Bruno, 34, 10098 Rivoli (TO)

Telephone +39 011 9504030
Fax +39 011 9504040

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  • Hall 13 / A71
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glasstec 2016 hall map (Hall 13): stand A71

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Glass production/Production Technology
  • 01.06  Forming for hollow glass
  • 01.06.18  Aids for the forming of hollow glass

Aids for the forming of hollow glass

  • 02  Glass processing and finishing
  • 02.11  Auxiliary products
  • 02.11.06  Compressors
  • 02  Glass processing and finishing
  • 02.11  Auxiliary products
  • 02.11.07  Vacuum pumps

Vacuum pumps

Our products

Product category: Compressors

3,5 bar Air for Hollow Glass Moulding

Traditionally Pneumofore supplies glassworks with centralized vacuum systems. Depending on the size of the furnace, also the air compressors of the A Series can be installed to supply the compressed air required during the moulding process of hollow glass containers.

Pneumofore equipment is frequently seen in hollow glass factories worldwide. In most cases large size vacuum pumps of the UV Series are installed, since our compressors do not always satisfy the huge capacity requirements of compressed air at low pressure. However, some hollow glass factories have 'little' capacity and will not go for the centrifugal compressors, which in those cases might not be the best solution.

Low pressure in the range of 2,5 to 4 bar(g) as requested for IS operation is not as common in industry as the standard pressure of 8 bar(g). Also compressor manufacturers offering such units are rare. Sometimes, 8 bar(g) machines are installed and used with pressure reducers in order to bring the 8 bar(g) down to 3 bar(g); this causes important energy losses as the work to compress from atmospheric pressure to 8 bar(g) is mostly wasted if the required pressure is less than 50%, e.g. 3 bar(g).

Turbo compressors can be designed with two stages only and can set the pressure quite precisely. These machines run at about 50.000 rpm, require cooling water for the interstage and offer the advantage of oil-free compressed air. Motor sizes start at several hundreds kW and transportation, installation, commissioning, control, maintenance, all need competence and involvement of the manufacturer.

Back to our case with 3.000 m 3/h of compressed air at 3 bar(g): too small for a centrifugal compressor. Also, the customer did not consider to use compressors at 8 bar(g) with pressure reducers. Only few suppliers remain in this case and the user can choose between specially designed, expensive screws or the low temperature, low rpm Pneumofore rotary vane compressors.

In 2012 we succeeded to deliver 4 units of mod. A120.4 that were shipped to North Korea. Each A120.4 has 860 m 3/h at 50 Hz with an electrical motor of 75 kW. The specific power at 3 bar(g) of these compressors is 4,5 kW min/m 3, quite a good efficiency compared to any other technology. The confidence of the end user and of our distributor was given by the successful running of numerous Pneumofore rotary vane vacuum pumps and compressors in the Far East area, since decades. With production 24/7 every saved kW contributes to a lower electrical power bill. The 'distance' or difficult access to the installation site, did also require a high degree of OEM independence, which is fully satisfied with the basic version of the A Series compressors, machines with a simple electro-pneumatic control, without electronics for an easy and fast on-site repair in case of any event. The low ownership cost, the reliability and durability of our air ends result finally in a better solution in the long run.

The fact that A series compressors are lubricated can be solved with line filters to purify the compressed air to levels of oil-free machines and better. Lubricated equipment will have a better cooling performance as the oil is adsorbing heat and, by means of an air cooled radiator, keeping the temperature low at about 90°C. Also, the lubricant will ensure the minimal friction among moving parts and guarantees total active sealing, which cannot be found in turbo or screw equipment.

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Product category: Vacuum pumps


Yes, this really is the world's largest, single-stage, air-cooled rotary vane vacuum pump. Pneumofore's legendary UV Series models currently installed in industrial plants worldwide evacuate a monstruous billion+ m3 each year. And not only more reliably, but also more efficiently than any other vacuum pump. These pumps cover a wide vacuum range and offer single stage 250 to 3.240 m3/h [148 to 1908 cfm] with the residual pressure of 0,5 to 450 mbar(a) [29,90 to 16,62 inHg V]. Capacity and residual pressure are extended with multiple stage machines. The family of UV pumps includes several Series described below fo reintegration into a wide variety of applications. 

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About us

Company details

A pioneer since 1923, Pneumofore provides complete solutions for the generation of vacuum and compressed air in various industries worldwide. It develops, manufactures, and integrates its own products while offering a wide range of services for each customer's needs, especially where the priority is high reliability, competitive life cycle cost, or special technology requirements.

In the production of hollow glass, vacuum improves the forming process and the quality of glass containers by reducing settle blow marks. It is also used on blank side to increase the speed of production. Operation is generally 24/7 in conditions that are tough on equipment.

Pneumofore’s rotary vane vacuum systems for IS machines are increasingly replacing other pump types, as they ensure durability and higher performance over a longer lifetime at a fraction of the previous cost. The result of constant improvement over three generations of R&D, Pneumofore’s UV Series include the largest single-stage rotary vane pump ever made. Their unique air cooling system eliminates the trouble of operating water circuits. And requiring no water, minimal energy, and virtually no repairs, Pneumofore units instantly create high operational savings and a rapid payback, often in less than 12 months. Purchase or leasing options include engineering support and a 5-year performance guarantee.

ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified, Pneumofore offers distribution and service to customers worldwide, including Ardagh, Consol, Gallo, Gerresheimer, HNGI, O-I, Verallia, Sisecam, and Wiegand, to name just a few in the glass industry.

Pneumofore products, compressors and vacuum systems are delivered in compliance with CE and UL norms. Most machines are available for any combination of voltage and frequency.

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Company data

Sales volume

5-20 Mio US $

Export content

> 75%

Number of employees




Area of business
  • Glass manufacture / Production technology
  • Tools, replacement and spare parts, auxilliary equipment and fittings
Target groups
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Manufacturing, Processing and Finishing