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FEATURE COVER STORY


QUALITY & INNOVATION FROM THE BEGINNING


Working in a vast range of sectors including Manufacturing,


Alpha Drives Ltd is an engineering company and systems integrator, the company was established in 2003 and has been the leading SIEMENS – FLENDER Automation & Drives Business Partner since


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ey to their strength is the ability to competently advise the customer on their individual requirements based on


extensive application knowledge and experience in many sectors. A complete control system solution provider including


control panels, automation software and geared motors from a single source is available, with a highly skilled team, designing and manufacturing the control panels to suit their customer requirements.


Water & Waste Water, Food & Beverage, Mining, Aggregates and Cement to name a few. Their attention to detail, outstanding track record, customer service, quality of their turn key solutions is indisputable and has afforded them an impressive list of successfully completed projects with significant customer retention. Technical queries about products can arise, their specialists


will provide you with individual technical support via telephone or e-mail for all queries relating to the function, commissioning and troubleshooting of the product. Alpha Drives Ltd. also carry out repairs, maintenance and


modifications to motors, gearboxes, and Variable Speed Drives. Their repair service is backed up by stocked spare parts, modification kits and a product range that can replace most IEC foot print motors. They also offer a full range of couplings to suit any application.


An example of an Alpha Drives Ltd project where they worked with a local electrical contractor to design a modern and reliable control system.


PRESSURE CONTROLLED PUMPS FOR LOCAL AUTHORITY A water supply system is required to give maximum availability, to ensure this, several pumps are cascaded. To cover variable water demand flexibly and at the same time cost-effectively, the obvious choice is a combination of variable and fixed-speed drives. While the fixed-speed pumps cater for the basic load, one pump regulates the variable peak demand. As well as the automatic mode described above, it must also be


From their offices they offer products from the SIEMENS


portfolio of Variable Speed Drives, PLC’s, Switchgear, Servo Systems and Motors, along with the world leading FLENDER gear units and couplings. Alpha Drives Ltd have the drive technology to suit any application. Alpha Drives Ltd provide a comprehensive range of services to


complement the product range, including expertise in PLC, HMI and SCADA programming using the latest technologies and systems engineering.


possible to operate each pump manually. Intelligent combination of SINAMICS G120P variable-speed frequency inverter with SIRIUS 3RW40 soft starters using energy-efficient low-voltage motors operated at fixed speed enables energy savings of up to 65 per cent. The motors used are the high-efficiency IE3 which reduce energy costs and protect the environment.


PLANT AVAILABILITY • Reduction in water hammer thanks to controlled ramp-up and ramp-down. • Longer runtimes of the motors and pumps by using Variable Speed Drives. • If a pump fails, redundancy is provided in the pump system by switching, and high security of the supply is thus guaranteed.


Alpha Drives Ltd www.alphadrives.ie T: +353 (0)57 868 0800


10 DECEMBER/JANUARY 2019 | IRISH MANUFACTURING / IRISHMANUFACTURING


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