Industries

Food & Beverage

The food and beverage market is always a very competitive marketplace. That competition filters through to the shop floor driving ever-increasing production efficiencies. Our design methods and application techniques very often help our clients in the food and beverage sector to squeeze more production from their assets. Higher availability and faster production rates improve their competitive position.More

Metals

From welding, coating, wire drawing, to destructive rope testing, Optima are very familiar with the production techniques in the metals industry. Upgrading machines from Bronx, Black Clawson, Process Line, Lemmerz and Georg amongst others. More

Packaging, Coating & Converting

Optima have in-depth knowledge of complex winders, tension controls and web transport systems and have provided our expertise around the globe. We have developed bespoke web transport solutions for some of the worlds leading machinery manufacturers and upgraded production plant for end users in many countries. Upgrading machines from Jagenberg, Bobst, Rotomec, Cerutti, Schiavi, Polytype, Atlas, Delta amongst others.More

Paper

We are pleased to be associated with some of the worlds best-known paper makers. Some machine upgrades include Jagenberg, Beloit Walmsley, Bone Markem, SanduskyWalmsley, Voith Paper, Valmet, Atlas amongst others. More

Printing

Following on from our understanding of complex winders, tension controls and web transport systems we have applied our knowledge of high performance web transport systems to control printing presses. Past upgrades include machines from Rotomec, Cerutti, Schiavi, Polytype, Atlas, Delta. More

Plastics & Rubber

There are a number of critical issues that accompany production of polymers and plastics, be this system stability, temperature, speed or tension. The time it takes to get a stable set of conditions can make a significant difference to a business. At Optima we design our control systems to provide the fastest changeover and the most stable of operating conditions. Our portfolio of contracts has seen us upgrade machines from Bruckner, Davies Standard, Riefenhauser, Egan, Windmoller & Holscher amongst others.More

 

Aggregates

We have engineered energy saving projects to the Aggregates industry. Applying power saving inverter drives to the main fan, introducing automatic speed regulation with a differential pressure control loop and automatic filter cleaning warning mechanisms. Payback on these projects is typically less than 18 months and clients can often secure Carbon Trust funding for the projects.More

Building Components

Our portfolio of industrial projects includes systems engineered for the building supplies industry. Amongst which are systems for major industry players producing steel forming lines, insulation laminating lines and sub-terrainian reinforcing structures from extruded, formed and stenter treated polymers.More

 

Chemical & Pharmaceutical

This sector presents some of the more challenging environments for electrical systems. Highly explosive areas need to be accounted for in many of the system designs for chemical applications, Atex compliant systems are an inherent part of the solutions we provide to this sector.More

 

Corrugating

We have carried out numerous upgrade projects in this sector being suppliers to some of the major manufacturers in this market. More

 

 

 

 

Recent Posts

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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