Blog21 November 2023

Introducing our 30kW Variable Speed Drive (VSD) control panels

We are excited to announce the launch of our new 30kW Variable Speed Drive (VSD) control panel series. This innovative product incorporates groundbreaking advances in solid-state drive technology, processor capabilities and interactive interfaces.

What this signifies for our business is a major leap forward in design flexibility, energy efficiency and manufacturing scale to meet fast-growing customer demand for smarter motor solutions with enhanced control philosophies.

The built-in self-tuning algorithms, real-time performance optimisation, and newly added connectivity features provide our customers unprecedented levels of customised control, reliability, and actionable insights.

While monitoring basic functions like acceleration/deceleration ramps and overload protection, our new VSD panels put advanced predictive analytics and automated adjustments at your fingertips.

This is a milestone for motor control panels that broadly expands capabilities while simplifying adoption for any industry. We are proud this offering will allow us to deliver substantial improvements in safety, efficiency, and intelligence to the inverter drive market to clients across the UK.

These modern units integrate a Variable Speed Drive and ultrasonic level controller into a single module, providing several key benefits for customers.

What are control panels?

Sykes Pumps has a variety of control panel offerings, granting you unparalleled flexibility in overseeing your pumping applications. Control panels empower site operators to keep pumps operational for extended durations, upholding safety standards while curbing expenses related to electricity or fuel.

Within Sykes’ array of control panels, we have built an extensive, in-demand rental fleet of automation solutions and DOL motor starters. Now, with the launch of our newly developed 30kW VSD panels, we are adding a critical third dimension to our control capabilities. This fills a major gap for customers by providing advanced inverter-based motor control alongside conventional starters.

What makes the Variable Speed Drive different?

We are happy to make pumping solutions more efficient through technological advancements such as these. Advantages include:

  • Reduced footprint on site as customers would normally hire a VSD and ultrasonic panel.
  • Quicker deployment times as the need to wire between two separate panels is negated.
  • Lower hire costs as only a single unit is required.
  • Reduced generator/electricity costs due to initial power draw being significantly lower.

Our VSD control panels help lower the start-up current and amperage requirements of pumps. This enables smaller generators to be used on-site compared to those used in conjunction with DOL or soft start panels. Our versatile VSD panels can be used on pumps ranging between 5kW and 30kW, rendering it a viable option on a broad scale of applications.

Did you know?

Depending on the length of hire, a significant proportion of a pump’s rental cost actually comes from the power consumed to run it – which means a VSD panel can play a very significant role in terms of limiting the life cycle costs.

For example, if a customer has an application where they now need less flow from their pump but it runs at a fixed speed (without a VSD), their only option is to use a gate valve.  When the gate valve is partially closed to throttle the flow, the speed of the pump remains unchanged and energy usage remains the same along with greater wear on the pump and piping. However, if the same scenario involved a VSD, they can slow the speed of the pump which reduces the amperage (less energy consumption) and saves money on electricity/fuel to run it.

How can I enquire for more information?

We urge you to reach out to our team of experts at 0800 211 611 to learn more about how these game-changing panels can take your motor control capabilities to the next level. Whether you need a short-term rental or a tailored solution designed to suit very specific parameters, get in touch so we can get the power of VSD working for you!