Solcon Industries has launched the second generation of DriveStart, its highly successful IGBT-based medium-voltage soft starter line. DriveStart has been successfully implemented in diverse applications such as pumps, wind tunnels, gas compressors, vacuum blowers and sugar cane crushers. It prevents stress on weak electrical networks that require high torque/inertia starts and is a viable solution when commercial cost is a challenge.
“The new generation is designed to reduce costs even further, saving both energy and space while meeting demanding performance requirements. DriveStart2 delivers higher ratings and voltage – up to 11kV and 18.5MVA,” explained Solcon Industries CEO Itai Zifroni.
The uncomplicated design delivers low maintenance and reliable operation. With smaller physical dimensions, peak demand reduction and an integrated bypass that ensures no energy loss during operation, the new soft starter is particularly optimised for cost-saving.
“In a sample case – a water pump application – we’ve calculated that DriveStart2 can deliver more than US$5 million in savings over a 20-year project lifetime,” Zifroni said.
DriveStart2’s Blue Box control technology boasts specifically developed software (IEC 61131-3 conformed), fault detection and tracking, power failure protection and restart “on the fly.” A touch screen provides quick access to system status, statistics and parameters and convenient remote monitoring and operation solutions capabilities were also incorporated.
Designed for use in both fixed and variable torque applications, the new generation soft starter is also available with a sensor-less vector control for fixed torque.