Siemens Solution Partners for Drives and Motion

Optima are proud of our accreditation as an official Drives & Motion Integration partner for Siemens. This brings together Optima’s expertise in high-speed, complex variable speed drive and motion applications with one of the largest integrated automation providers in the UK. We are one of only 7 Authorised Siemens Motion & Drives Partners in the UK

Before accepting companies as partners, Siemens ensure that we must prove our capabilities. Only then do Siemens certify Optima according to rigorous, globally uniform standards, systematically supporting and enhancing us using the same criteria Siemens apply to the training of their own employees.

Optima have engineered drives and motion upgrades for over 20 years, being the first to use some of Siemens complex motion technologies in the UK such as cut-to-length rotary knife applications on Jagenberg sheeters.

 

With a certified Solution Partner, you can rely on comprehensive application and systems expertise, and a high level of project experience. That means that you minimize the risk of things not going according to plan. And you benefit from top-quality, future-proof, custom solutions that make a decisive contribution to the sustained improvement of your competitive position, thanks to the excellent industry knowledge of Partners such as ourselves.

Please contact one of our technical applications engineers to discuss your specific motion requirements and help bring your motion applications to fruition.

You can find more information on the Siemens Solution Partner Program in the Internet at:

www.siemens.com/solutionpartner

You can read more about how the accreditation process here: Drives Motion Module

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Supply of Motor Generator Test Rigs to Blackpool & The Fylde College

AC and DC Motor Test Rig 1

If you want to learn about Asynchronous and Synchronous AC machines, DC Motors, Generator and Motor principles it’s useful to be able to carry out practical work on them.

Step forward Optima who helped Blackpool & The Fylde College fulfil their requirements to have two new state-of-the art installed at their brand new training facility near Fleetwood

Challenges

There were a number of key challenges in the design. On Test Rig 1, the AC Motor would operate in two modes:

  • Prime mover, with the load being applied by the DC motor.
  • Generator mode with the DC motor driving the AC motor.
Synchronisation Meter

When acting as a generator, the AC motor would have to be synchronised to the mains supply before being “switched-in”. This is to simulate a real-world situation on-board ships where back-up generators may have to be manually switched-in.

Design

The panel design incorporated banana type sockets to facilitate the ease of connection of external measuring instruments such as power meters.

The panels incorporated a host of instrumentation to afford total visibility. These included:

  • Machine torque
  • DC Armature Current
  • DC Armature Voltage
  • Single Phase Mains Voltage L-N
  • Single Phase Alternator Current
  • Single Phase Alternator Voltage L-N
  • Alternator Excitation Current

Test Rig 2

Test Rig 2 incorporated the very latest Siemens PM250 Regenerative Power Module and a Soft Starter to the test rig AC Motor. The user has the option to switch between the two. A DC Motor acts either as a prime mover or generator giving ultimate flexibility in operation.

The incorporation of a regenerative AC solution brings the very latest in cutting-edge drive architecture to an educational establishment. There aren’t many drive manufacturers who can supply lower-power regenerative modules.

Overall, the test rig projects were a great success combining the College’s and Optima’s knowledge to product test rigs that will serve students well for many years to come.

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