Automazione Industriale magazine: How to efficiently manage industrial fluid

Automazione Industriale magazine: How to efficiently manage industrial fluid

SEP 21, 2021

The importance of pumping systems with inverter technology 

It isn’t easy to think of any industrial sectors that do not use fluids, either in the form of liquid or gas. But what role do pumping systems with inverter technology play in this sector? There are two fundamental objectives: one technical and the other economic, and they are closely interrelated.  

Water is the most common fluid on the planet and is the subject of many studies by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). The OECD forecasts for 2050 an increase of 400% in demand for water from the industrial sector. It is then vital to use water resources efficiently, adopting systems that have a low impact on energy consumption.  

In this context, from an economic point of view, the water treatment sector plays a more significant role than any other industrial sector. Analysis of the water treatment cycle shows that pumping systems lie at the heart of the process. Around 94% of the total energy consumed in the water treatment and distribution sector is due to pumping.  

Pumping systems must be highly reliable and conscientious of energy consumption to limit the environmental and economic impact. 

This starts by adopting highly capable control systems that are specifically designed and developed to ensure pumping systems’ precision, efficiency and reliability. When combined with a high-quality inverter, dedicated functions lead to energy savings. These are in line with the green policy agenda and no longer are just a fashionable talking point, but a vital necessity born out of a sense of social responsibility. 

In the case of pumping systems, the latest generation of inverters allows for significant energy savings, optimising the system’s overall energy consumption. 

Around 85% of the life cycle cost of a pump is due to its energy consumption. 

Approximately 95% of the electrical power used in water control systems can be attributed solely to pumping. Reducing the amount of energy used will have the immediate impact of a significant reduction in the total running costs of the system. 

Controlling the demand means that the inverter must monitor the load. If this decreases, the drive must be capable of reducing the electrical power delivered to the motor. It is essential to correctly define setpoints below which the system automatically enters standby mode while remaining ready to restart should demand increase. This eliminates the energy waste caused by constantly maintaining the system and surge currents. 

Alternating between phases of operation and sleep also reduces the wear on system components.  

Control Technique’s specialised Pump Drive F600 

The F600 takes its place within a new range of specialised drives, developed to meet the specific requirements of various industrial sectors: the F600 is dedicated to fluid pumping applications. The Control Techniques team of engineers and specialists has designed the F600 with the characteristics, functionalities and tools requested explicitly by the users who operate in the fluid pumping sector. 

The drive provides dedicated functions that, while guaranteeing efficiency and versatility, respond to the application requirements of all the various sub-categories of pumping and ventilation systems.  

Reliability is a crucial requirement of equal importance to the technology applied in the development of the F600. The reliability of the F600 is backed up by Control Techniques with a 5 year warranty, at no additional cost.  

Motor efficiency is a key factor in all sectors. Consequently, today’s market now offers high efficiency motors, including those that meet IE5 energy level standards, which the F600 can control optimally and reliably.  

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