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Ease of commissioning an invaluable benefit for Colombia's Macing SAS

Posted by AuCom on 22/08/17 14:03

Connecting the city of Villavicencio, Colombia to the capital city of Bogota, the Tunel Buenavista (East Tunnel) is a key component in the Autopista al Llano highway and plays a vital role in the nation’s transport network. Stretching more than 4.5km underground, the tunnel is one of the most complex infrastructure challenges in Colombia.

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Topics: Soft Start Control, Success Stories, Industry Applications


Flawless performance in demanding conditions

Posted by AuCom on 10/08/17 11:58

Oman’s construction sector now accounts for around 8% of its GDP, growing rapidly to an estimated worth of $6.0bn in 2016.  This growth is fuelling significant demand for a wide range of construction materials, including aggregates. 

Helping to meet this demand, AuCom OEM partner Horizon Bright supplies ASTEC aggregate and mining solutions to aggregate producers across the region.

In 2012, Horizon Bright supplied a crusher solution to a local aggregate plant – choosing AuCom soft starters to provide a reliable starting outcome for their clients.

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Topics: Soft Start Control, Success Stories, Mining & Quarrying, Industry Applications


Protect your pumping system from the damaging effects of water hammer

Posted by AuCom on 05/12/16 10:04

Water hammer has the potential to cause significant damage to pumping systems. Most in the pumping industry have a tale to tell about burst or collapsed pipes, or broken or damaged valves, pressure gauges and even pumps.

Solving the water hammer problem requires either mitigating its effects or preventing its occurrence altogether. To this end, there are a number of solutions to consider when designing a pumping system, including electronic motor control.

Electronic motor control devices such as soft starters and variable frequency drives can be used to control the speed of the pump during starting and stopping. This allows for a more gradual increase or decrease in pump speed, preventing water column separation, flow reversal and sudden check valve closure – a few of the primary causes of water hammer.

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Topics: Water & Wastewater, Soft Start Control, Pumping, Irrigation, Water Hammer


Comercel make their mark in Honduras

Posted by AuCom on 17/11/16 14:45

Comercel300wide.pngCustomer: Comercel Honduras
Need: A more reliable soft starter solution for customer projects
Solution: Working with AuCom Distributor to source AuCom starters Outcome: Reliable, highly efficient solutions for customers

About Comercel

Established in 2002, Comercel provides electrical equipment and automation solutions for organisations throughout Honduras. Starting with a single location in San Pedro Sula, the company has expanded to a second location in Tegucigalpa as a means to answer the rapidly growing demand the company was facing.

Comercel produce automation solutions for a range of different applications, in industries such as food and beverage, mills, beverage compressors, coffee production, ventilation systems and rotary crushers. Other industries they are heavily involved in include Textiles and Mining.

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Topics: Distributor Spotlight


AuCom soft starters support excavation of extension to the Panama Canal

Posted by AuCom on 05/09/16 12:16

Running through the Central American nation of Panama, the Panama Canal has been an important conduit for international trade between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans for over 100 years. In 2016 the largest expansion of the trade route since its original construction was completed.

The capacity increase of the new canal has more than doubled, with the maximum ship size able to carry 5000 TEUs (terminal equivalent units). Vessels with capacity of more than 13,000 TEUs will be able to navigate the expanded canal system.

This feat of engineering has an overall program cost of $US 5.25 billion, and has involved shifting more than 50 million cubic metres of material (an Olympic-sized swimming pool has a 2500 cubic metres capacity).

Part of the expansion was the Pacific Access Channel, known as PAC4, which involved the excavation of some of that 50 million cubic metres in the form of a 6.1km long access channel for a set of new Pacific locks. AuCom distributer in the region, El Salvador-based Industrial Systems, has played a role in making the huge project happen.

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Topics: Water & Wastewater, Projects, Soft Start Control, Pumping


Getting 'holistic' with soft starters

Posted by AuCom on 28/07/16 13:22

Mention ‘holistic’ and ‘eco’ in the same sentence and people will think you are talking environmentalism or personal health, but the two concepts are becoming synonymous with modern motor control strategies.

CAPIEL (the European Coordinating Committee of Manufacturers of Electrical Switchgear and Controlgear)’s recent position paper on taking an eco-smart approach toward the use of premium efficiency motors – “Ecodesign requirements for Electric Motors – Towards a System-Approach” - stated that ‘Real-life energy efficiency can only be achieved through a system-approach. Both motor and its control node must match the intended application requirements’.

Motors of all sizes and uses often need large amounts of energy when required to quickly accelerate to full speed and both soft starters and variable frequency drives can be used to reduce inrush currents and limit torque. The decision to pick one, however, is decided by the application, system requirements, and cost implications. It requires a holistic approach.

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Topics: Soft Start Control, System Design, Energy Efficiency


RHONA extend their world with AuCom partnership

Posted by AuCom on 21/07/16 10:19

RHONA logo large.jpg“While the features, innovations, reliability, pricing and delivery times of AuCom products are the key factors to RHONA building successful customer relationships, it is AuCom’s focus on providing the right level of support to RHONA that makes the difference,” - Pablo Neuweiler, Manager of the Commercial Division at RHONA.

Customer: RHONA
Need: A trusted partner to supply quality soft starter products
Solution: RHONA partners with AuCom to supply Chile with reliable soft starter products and support
Outcome: A strong, mutually beneficial partnership

About RHONA

Established in 1943, RHONA has established itself as one of Chile’s top electrical equipment and solutions providers. RHONA is the largest power transformers manufacturer in Chile. It has grown to a team of more than 400 people, spread across six locations.

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Topics: Distributor Spotlight


Selecting soft starters for use with IE3 motors

Posted by AuCom on 14/07/16 12:48

IE3 motors are now mandatory in Europe for new installations between 7.5 k W and 375 kW. This is in line with elsewhere in the world. (And for a time in Europe, IE2 motors with a variable speed drive may be used for drive-suitable applications)

IE3 motors are more efficient than IE2 motors. The improved efficiency results in lower lifetime energy usage and energy costs, which has obvious value. However, other IE3 motor characteristics are affected by the changes made to achieve this efficiency. For example, the starting torque is lower, and the starting current is higher. 

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Topics: IE3 Motors, Energy Efficiency


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