Category: Drives

Quantum’s fast response keeps Northumbrian Water pumping

Quantum Controls took only two hours to solve a problem for Northumbrian Water (NW) when it needed to hire a drive at very short notice. NW called Quantum Controls at 3 pm one Friday afternoon with a request to hire a variable speed drive to replace an existing drive at one of its pumping stations. …

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Northumbrian Water to save £100,000 energy costs with ABB drives

Northumbrian Water is set to save over £100,000 a year on pump running costs following a project with ABB Dives Alliance member, Quantum Controls, to install ABB low voltage AC drives on its anaerobic digester. An anaerobic digester uses micro-organisms to break down biodegradable material such as sewage waste. The company was experiencing a problem …

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Drives hired from Quantum prevent Northumbrian Water stopping digester Tanks

A solution was required to keep the digestion tanks on Northumbrian Water’s Advanced Anaerobic Digester plant running during the installation and commissioning of the new Motor Control Centre extension at Northumbrian water (NWL). NWL needed to upgrade an MCC controlling the mixing of the digestion tanks at Bran Sands, to ensure the process is not …

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Making two phases into three

Northumbrian Water is saving up to £50,000 by running its 3-phase equipment from a two-phase supply with the help of an ABB ACS550 drive. The company’s Winston village pumping station near Barnard Castle in the North East is on a split phase supply. Bob Dixon, Project Manager for Northumbrian Water, says: “This is a problem …

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Quantum provide Drives that boost savings for Northumbrian Water

Tests showing higher than expected energy savings have convinced Northumbrian Water to standardise on using variable speed drives for much of its pumping needs. Five ABB Comp-AC drives, supplied by ABB Drives Alliance partner Quantum Controls have been installed at the booster pumping stations at Fenham and Hillhead, saving Northumbrian Water over £7,000 in the …

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The ‘Easy’ Way to specify your Variable Speed Drives

So you’d like to buy a new Variable Speed Drive (VSD)? Finding the correct VSD or motor controller can be a fairly daunting task as there are many variables with each application and system. However, below are some helpful tips and suggestions to help you select the right drive. Hopefully, the mystery becomes less complex as you …

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Four-core cables – Why should these be avoided in drive installations?

Many installers prefer using four-core cable, as this is the traditional way for many installations and also because it provides an element of convenience, with the earth lead already included within the cable sheath. However, when earthing a drive system, two aspects need to be considered – personal protection and EMC. The protective earth exists …

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What cable should I use when installing Variable Speed Drives?

Four-core cables Many installers prefer using four-core cable, as this is the traditional way for many installations and also because it provides an element of convenience, with the earth lead already included within the cable sheath. However, when earthing a drive system, two aspects need to be considered – personal protection and EMC. The protective …

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Are Your Switch Rooms Full to Bursting Point?

Electrical switch room were historically designed to house large Motor Control Centres with DOL / Star Delta motor starters. With the process and energy benefits Variable Speed Drives delivers the motor starter retrofit market is bigger than the new drive application UK market. But this is a problem as the drives are bigger and take …

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What you should take into consideration when choosing Motor Cables for Variable Speed Drives

The motor cable for a PWM variable speed drive can have some unexpected effects. In this Blog Post you can find some special considerations which are needed when choosing and installing a motor cable for a VSD. Current rating The steady-state loaded motor current is not appreciably changed by using a VSD with the motor. …

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