Product Spotlight: Wastewater - Variable frequency drive a fit for mobile dewatering

Product Spotlight: Wastewater - Variable frequency drive a fit for mobile dewatering

Variable-frequency drives are proven to greatly improve efficiencies in wastewater treatment facilities. To this end, Pioneer Pump recently introduced the ElectricPAK VFD, a rugged, packaged variable frequency drive solution designed to withstand the demands of mobile dewatering applications, making it ideal for small to medium-sized facilities looking for perhaps one product to fulfill their dewatering needs. 

The platform is engineered to deliver a more intuitive operation experience via Pioneer’s new touchscreen interface, known as SmartPrime. The control interface features an easy-to-use platform that’s as intuitive to use as a mobile app, according to Mario DeSimone, Pioneer Pump product manager. Users can handle all aspects of operation from a streamlined central hub with easy-to-navigate graphics. SmartPrime creates a fast startup and simple monitoring experience, eliminating the need for complex keypad setup, advanced programming skills and specialized training.

“Our goal was to optimize motor control for electric-driven surface pumps, even when they’re being moved and restaged constantly,” says DeSimone. “The system’s new SmartPrime control interface has been built and configured specifically for temporary pumping installations. There’s no programming learning curve for new VFD users who are accustomed to working with diesel-driven packages.”

The VFD leverages Franklin Electric’s proven experience with electronics as the foundation of the new offering. The VFD platform will be available in two portable packages. The ElectricPAK VFD can be mounted to the pump skid to simplify transport and ensure that pump, motor and VFD are always ready to set up and go on the job site. Or the VFD can be mounted in its own stand-alone skid for maximum setup versatility and use with different pumping systems. The stand-alone skid features a metal cage design that keeps the VFD protected and secure during transport while providing extra protection against job site hazards. Its design includes a rigid bracket, known as a motor stool, that keeps the pump and motor permanently aligned, saving countless hours of service time. There is no need for time-consuming alignment work upon delivery or whenever the unit is moved.

“The entire system delivers optimized performance and durability to withstand tough field conditions as well as transport,” says DeSimone. 503-266-4115; www.pioneerpump.com



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