Sinterama wanted to use equipment from its Italy plant in the new facility, but needed to avoid the costly downtime of modifying or upgrading the equipment to adapt to the Mexican power grid. ABB’s PCS100 was able to convert the supply voltage and match load requirements while ensuring a reliable power supply.
The solution will also lower Sinterama’s total cost of ownership by ensuring high reliability and maximum availability, for example keeping the equipment running through voltage sags and frequency variations. This can help reduce operating and maintenance costs in addition to unplanned downtime.
This same solution has been successfully deployed in a Sinterama facility in Brazil, increasing their confidence that the technology would perform equally in Mexico.
Managing Director of Sinterama De Mexico, Huseyin Nail Kavrak, highlighted the reason ABB’s PCS100 SFC was selected over alternative solutions; “ABB offered a better designed product and a favorable delivery time frame. This enabled Sinterama to achieve its goal of no downtime of equipment adapting to a 60 Hz grid.”
ABB’s PCS100 SFC technology
The PCS100 SFC allows connection of 60 Hz powered equipment to a 50 Hz supply network and 50 Hz powered equipment to a 60 Hz supply network.
The system functions by converting the input AC power through a sine-wave rectifier to a DC link and then through an AC sine-wave inverter to produce a clean, full sine-wave output at the new frequency and voltage. ABB’s PCS100 SFC has been applied in many applications, from plant relocation and industrial application through to onboard vessels and shore-to-ship solutions. With power ratings starting from 125 kVA to multi MVA, allows for endless options to suit both small and large operations. Of the many features, key highlights are;
– N+1 modular redundancy for mission critical applications
– Lowest total cost of ownership
– Minimal spares required
– Easy paralleling to other voltage sources using droop
– Small footprint in design