Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 15 2017 - Page 44

Double the life span of your variable speed drives for less per day than the cost of a cup of coffee The idea that living things shut down As us engineers have long recognised, instead of wearing down has received simple devices typically do not age. They substantial support in recent years. Re- function reliably until a critical compo- But we can avoid and slow the inevitable searchers working on the now famous nent fails, and the whole thing dies in by leading healthy lifestyles and with worm C.elegans (the little nematode an instant. A VSD for instance, works advancements in modern medicine. We worm behind research that led scientists smoothly until the capacitors start dis- can do the same to prolong the life of to receive the Nobel Prize, not just once charging dielectric or IGBT devices fail, drives and motors with regular mainte- but twice, in a decade) were able to pro- and then it does not work at all. nance. long and age more slowly, simply by al- But complex systems - such as your What if we told you that if you have a tering a single gene. Scientists have sin- manufacturing process - have to survive problem of any kind with any of your ce come up with single gene alterations and function despite having many key installed VSDs Quantum’s expert engi- that increase the life spans of fruit flies, critical components such as motors and neers are just a phone call away and can mice and yeast – and Quantum Controls drives. That’s why engineers design GUARANTEE a first visit fix? have come up with a solution that will machines and production processes double the life span of your VSDs. with multiple layers of redundancy: with Let us introduce you to The ONE CALL backup systems, and backup systems Contract from Quantum: down anymore. duce worms that live more than twice as A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY for the backup systems. These may not For most of our 100,000 year existence be as efficient as the first line compo- g - excluding the last few centuries - the nents, but they can allow the machine drive experts average human life span has been 30 and process to keep running even when g Immediate ‘engineer to site’ request years or less. For most of history, death damage accumulates. g Our unique ‘first site visit fix’ guaran- 24/7 direct telephone access to our tee was a risk at every stage of life and had All VSDs installed on your site covered no obvious connection with ageing at Unless process equipment is correctly g all. As Montaigne wrote, in the late 16th maintained, the defects in your process under one contract century: “to die of old age is a death rare, equipment increase until the time comes g extraordinary and singular, and therefore when just one more defect is enough to spares and hire units so much less natural than the others: stop your whole process. With the ave- g it is the last and most extreme sort of rage cost of one hour of lost production And the best bit? You can have all of this dying”. So today, with our average life in UK manufacturing being £12,000, for just £947 net per 12 month contract span in much of the world climbing past this condition known as frailty must be – that’s only £2.59 per day! 80 years, we are already oddities living avoided, and it sits with engineers like well beyond our appointed time. ourselves to prevent this occurring.  Access to UK’s largest stock of VSDs, Unlimited calls and site visits For more information about how our ONE CALL Contract can help you eradi- Leonid Gavrilov, a researcher at the COMING FULL CIRCLE cate premature failures on your plant, University of Chicago, USA, argues that It happens to motors, VSDs, softstarts visit, email human beings fail the way all complex and it happens to us - eventually too or call systems fail: randomly and gradually. many joints are damaged or one too our team on 0330 057 4876. many arteries calcify. There are no bac- GETTING BACK TO EQUIPMENT 44 FDPP - kups. We wear down until we can’t wear