Cloudy
25 °C
Germantown, Maryland
Cloudy

Thu Sep 20 2018
none

CAPACITOR REFORMING SERVICE KEEPS DRIVES READY FOR SERVICE

12-07-2017
by 
in 
capacitor reforming

The latest productivity enhancing service from Konecranes addresses the problem of keeping spare motor drives in shape so they can be relied on to enter service if required. The company’s new variable frequency drive capacitor reforming service uses a proprietary DC power source to reform stored VFDs on-site, ensuring that they are in top condition when they are needed in service.

According to Konecranes’ Australia and New Zealand Consultation Services Manager, Joseph Cefai: “Companies that use VFDs almost always keep spare units on-site in case one breaks down. These spares can remain dormant for years before being put into service. These dormant VFDs require reforming at least once a year to ensure their capacitors stay charged and in top condition. Failing to do so creates a risk of a catastrophic failure during a time when the spare VFD is needed the most,” he says.

Konecranes’ VFD capacitor reforming service is designed to reform spare drives without ever removing them from the facility. A certified/qualified electrician will reform the capacitors in the DC bus of a VFD using a fully automated portable DC power source.

The service also includes a full visual inspection to identify faulty devices and recommendations for corrective actions.

“After the drive has been reformed, the electrician will issue a certificate of inspection and label the VFD. The certificate includes the date of the next recommended reform, should the VFD remain idle for another year,” adds Cefai.

“Spare VFDs are there to minimise downtime, when the main VFD isn’t working. The last thing you want is for your spare part to also fail, causing additional unnecessary downtime,” he said.

Konecranes
1300 937637
www.konecranes.com.au

Related news & editorials

  1. 18.07.2018
    18.07.2018
    by      In
    3D printing with metals is affecting the way manufacturing occurs, and Australian distributor Raymax Applications reckons this is amply demonstrated by the application of SLM Solutions machines in metal manufacturing processes.
    SLM Solutions Group recently released its fourth generation 280 system... Read More
  2. 16.03.2018
    16.03.2018
    by      In
    In the 1960s, as much as a quarter of Australia’s workforce was employed in the manufacturing sector, and the industry fuelled 25% of the nation’s economy, according to the Productivity Commission. Half a century on, the closure of Toyota, Ford and then General Motors in October 2017 seemed to... Read More
  3. 24.01.2018
    24.01.2018
    by      In
    According to Southern Cross CEO, Mark Ferguson, if Australian industry really wants to get serious about saving energy then it needs to take a close look at ‘two-stage’, air compressor technology. As energy costs continue to outstrip other business input expenses it is critical, more than ever... Read More
  4. Martin Chappell
    03.11.2017
    03.11.2017
    by      In
    With Australia’s manufacturing industry strengthening, leaders and heads of IT are weighing up which new technologies they should implement to gain a competitive edge. Martin Chappell from Motorola Solutions explains how a simpler and more focused use of data can be the best approach.
    Australia’s... Read More