With the closing of a Siemens factory in Pennsylvania that previously built custom large 480 VAC, 200+ horsepower drives, this article showcases EDC’s capability to fill the gap for U.S. manufacturers. Collaborating with Siemens distributor Shingle & Gibb, EDC provided a custom-designed large-scale Siemens drive solution to a manufacturer with delivery in just eight months versus the 18-month delivery turnaround from the OEM’s Germany facility.
A major material pelletizing company specializing in producing rubberized compounds used in various applications, including jacking lines for the wire and cable industry, needed to replace outdated and unsupported legacy drive technology. The company wanted to replace an obsolete Emerson/Control Techniques model SP9435, 460 VAC, 1164A / 1000 HP drive powering a vital pelletizing extruder with an oversized Siemens drive for future scalability to a larger motor.
This drive would previously have been built to the customer’s specifications by Siemens in their large drive facility in Pennsylvania. However, with the closing of the PA facility, orders fulfilled at the back-up Siemens, Germany site came with an 18-month lead-time. The company sought an alternative solution provider.
As if an 18-month lead time wasn’t problematic enough, the customer needed to expend the budgeted funds in calendar-year 2023. Collaborating with their local Siemens distributor, Shingle & Gibb, EDC was recommended as an alternate provider to meet the customer’s needs and desired timeline. EDC’s team of engineers worked with Shingle & Gibb to gather data, coordinate site visits and finalize a design. EDC is manufacturing the customized solution for the new Siemens 480 VAC S120 Series rated for 1596A / 1250 HP with delivery in just 8 months.
Existing Legacy Drive
Emerson/Control Techniques model SP9435, 460 VAC, 1164A / 1000 HP
EDC-Integrated New Drive
Siemens 480 VAC S120 Series rated for 1596A / 1250 HP
* Drive is oversized to accommodate future option of upsizing to larger motor
Efficiency Beyond Standard
The end result is a reliable, high-capacity drive system adaptable to the customer’s evolving production needs. Once the drive is shipped to the customer, their electricians will handle installation, including substantial wiring work. The EDC project team will return to commission the system, ensuring all components work seamlessly together.
EDC is committed to delivering innovative solutions that optimize industrial processes, whether the needs of the production line dictate one drive or a number of drives coordinated with modern digital communications. EDC adheres to rigorous industry standards, which includes designing and building to UL 508A specifications. If you’re looking to enhance your operational efficiency through modernization or system upgrades, EDC can assist you. Contact us today to explore how we can elevate your industrial operations.