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June 2014 Newsletter

Solcon Expands Manufacturing Operations
Solcon is pleased to announce that it will be expanding its manufacturing operation into a new building, thereby doubling its production and warehouse space.

"In response to the growing demand for Solcon's products worldwide, we decided to significantly increase our manufacturing space. The expansion will allow us to increase the manufacturing capacity of our existing product lines as well as those of the new DriveStart and iStart" said Sasson Darvish, Solcon's VP Operations. "The new facility will house our Low Voltage production lines, a state of the art warehouse facility and service labs. The existing building will be renovated in order to increase the Medium Voltage manufacturing lines and making additional space for our growing R&D department."

The new space will be ready this summer. It will provide brand new production lines that adhere to the latest industry production planning & control standards. It will also provide a comfortable work environment for the organization. Renovating the existing space is an important step by Solcon, continuing our investment in new products, R&D and testing.

HRVS-DN: Proven Reliability And Performance
Hammer Crusher, Holcim SA, Costa Rica
Motor rating: 600kW, 4.16kV 12 poles

Holcim's primary Hammer Crusher was connected to a Siemens Synchronous AC Motor (480kW 4.0 kV 12 poles) and an old style technology Liquid Starter. The old system suffered from frequent power loss, numerous unexpected stops and leaks from the liquid starter which demanded constant maintenance. The low reliability of the starter system in addition to the starter limitation of only one start per hour resulted in downtime, reduced production and poor financial effectiveness.

After careful consideration, Holcim decided to replace the complete system and selected a new Siemens Asynchronous AC motor (600kW 4.16kV 12 poles) fitted with Solcon's highly reliable HRVS-DN (400A 4.16kV) Medium Voltage Soft Starter.

Before After
Synchronous AC Motor
(480kW 4.0 kV 12 poles)
Siemens Asynchronous AC motor
(600kW 4.16kV 12 poles)
Liquid Rheostat Starter Solcon's HRVS-DN (400A 4160V)

The new system was recently commissioned and has been operating smoothly optimizing uptime. Production has significantly improved, unexpected stops have been eliminated, the number of starts per hour has increased to 3 and with the profibus communication on the Solcon HRVS-DN Soft Starter remote control and monitoring is now available.

About Holcim (CostaRica) SA:
Holcim (Costa Rica) SA is the leading nationwide producer and supplier of cement, aggregates and ready-mix concrete in Costa Rica.

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