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June 2013 Newsletter

Solcon Takes Medium Voltage Soft Starters to a New Level!

Mega Starters HereUntil now, the Soft Starter Industry was defined by a fairly limited range of products. Most manufacturer's offerings are limited to less than 1000A ratings (typical range is 100-800A). But Solcon has changed the playing field by introducing their new "MEGA" HRVS-DN Soft starters.

Solcon has always been known as the leader in Soft Starter Technologies and having the widest range of products on the market. But the new MEGA HRVS-DN MV Soft Starter takes this to another level with standard designs for Medium Voltage Soft Starters rated up to 48MW.

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World's First MEGA Starter Now in Operation

China MEGA Starter Commissioning TeamSolcon is proud to announce the successful implementation of a 33,000 HP, 10 kV Medium Voltage MEGA Soft Starter.

This 10 kV MEGA Soft Starter was delivered to Solcon's customer in China and fully commissioned in 2013. This MEGA Soft Starter is being used on a 33,000HP Shanghai Motors Compressor application. It utilizes a closed loop, encoder-based system to monitor motor speed and provide feedback to the Soft Starter for precise pressure control.

The MEGA HRVS-DN Starter incorporates Solcon's field proven Soft Starter Technology but in a BIG way…making it the ideal starting solution for VERY LARGE Medium Voltage Synchronous or Asynchronous motors. Never before has a solid state Soft Starter been used to start a motor this large.

Let Solcon help you with your MEGA motor starting needs today.

Solcon MV Soft Starter Replaces Steam Turbine System in Costa Rica

CENTRAL AZUCARERA TEMPISQUE, S.A. (CATSA), a producer of sugars and alcohol in Costa Rica, has been powering their heavy duty cane shredder using old steam turbine power for many years. Operating this equipment, which is so critical to their process, had become extremely challenging in recent years due to the limitations of this method for generating power.

CATSA went in search of a cost effective way to overcome these limitations. They challenged Solcon to offer a solution which would manage the high starting torque and inertia of this critical application and give them increased productivity by reducing downtime. The Solcon solution was to provide a 400A, 4.16kV HRVS-DN Soft Starter ("all-in-one" model). It limits the starting current to 450% of Nominal current with a starting time of 37 seconds.

The ability to start and stop the cane shredder when needed significantly improved productivity. And, the added benefit of the full motor protection and metering that are standard features of the HRVS-DN Soft Starter give CATSA a solution that is a major improvement over their old steam turbine system!

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