Jam busters drive hire service set to take off

Control and automation specialist SoftStart UK has build a fleet of variable speed drive control cabinets that it is making available for hire, to address a growing need across many sectors of industry. The company’s managing director Stuart Harvey says that in recent times there has been an increasing demand for prompt solutions to immediate

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Understanding ATEX equipment protection concepts

Control panels built for use in hazardous areas have to be designed to meet the specific risks of the installation site. Panel builders need both a sound understanding of the safety principles and expertise based on broad experience. Stuart Harvey, managing director of Softstart UK, looks at the recognised concepts of explosion protection for electrical

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Cleanliness is critical for reliability in steam lines

The smallest of dirt particles can do substantial damage to the blades of a steam turbine. For this reason a thorough cleaning of the high pressure steam lines feeding the turbine is imperative before a new installation is commissioned. This is achieved by blowing and thermally cycling the steam lines with superheated steam which cleans

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Eliminating Transformer Inrush Current

The two powerful drill drivers of the ENSCO 8500 series drill rig are each fed by a 6.5MVA transformer with taps at +7.5° and -7.5°. Every transformer, when connected to the grid / generator has a high inrush current (20-30 In), especially this phase shift transformer. Such inrush current will trip the mains /generator protection

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HazardEx 2009 – Award winner for Technical Innovation

At the HazardEx 2009 exhibition and conference held in Harrogate, Softstart UK was an award winner for technical innovation for their HRVS-EX medium voltage soft-starter. The HRVS-EX is the world’s first medium voltage soft-starter certified for use with explosion-proof motors. This award follows hard on the heels of Softstart UK gaining the UK Chamber of

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Softstart UK Hammers Starter Costs For EdF

When EdF (Cottam Power) needed a starter for the MV drive fitted to a hammer mill at its Nottingham site, most suppliers claimed that only a costly variable speed drive would be suitable. Softstart UK, however, with its wide experience of similarly demanding applications, was confident in offering instead a much more cost-effective MV soft

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