The Duty-Assist control is an effective method of controlling multiple pumps or fans in parallel, to maintain the required process demand.
Pumps and fans are often used in parallel banks to:
Typically in a parallel bank of three it is usual to find two running and one standby. The system consists of a ‘Duty’ drive and assist starters. The assist starters can be of any type, (e.g. D.O.L, Star-Delta, Auto-Transformer, Soft Starter or Inverter); the choice is dependant on the system limits. The Duty drive can control one dedicated motor (‘Fixed Duty’), or with additional external switchgear could be selected to control other motors within the parallel configuration (‘Flexible Duty’).
The Duty is controlled by a PID loop which will maintain the process level required, if the demand exceeds the capacity that can be derived from the Duty, then an Assist starter will be enabled to assist with the delivery. If the demand continues to increase additional starters will be called upon.
When the demand decreases, then each assist starter will be deselected to reduce the delivery to the required demand. All the system control is achieved by one SM-Applications Plus. The I/O interfacing is provided by the standard I/O on the drive and, depending on the number of starters required, the additional SM-I/O Plus . These are both fitted within the drive.
The Duty Assist Solutions software has the following functions: