Quartzelec completes investment in Wales facility

UK independent electrical engineering group Quartzelec has completed a à‚£40,000 investment in its facility in Wales.

The boost to the Swansea workshop’s test facility means high-voltage rotating electrical machines can be tested locally.

Quartzelec said the investment in a new soft-starter allows it to “comfortably test machines rated up to 2 MW at 3.3kV with the potential to test machines with a full-load starting current of 400A which equates to around 4 MW”.à‚  Quartzelec test facility in Swansea

Previously, utilising a Direct-On-Line start, testing capabilities were limited to around a 500-600kW machine, dependent upon the starting current. Machines that exceeded this limit were internally transferred to Quartzelec’s larger facility and headquarters in Rugby, England.

The company explained that the previous test limitations were an inherent issue through limitations imposed by the local energy provider when the Swansea workshop was purpose built for Quartzelec in 2006.

Keith Evans, general manager of the Swansea operation, said: “The ability to work on and comprehensively test larger machines within our Swansea workshop, rather than rely on our Rugby operations to provide full speed operational tests, including temperature and vibration, means that we can now offer a more responsive and cost effective service to our customers and fully optimise our local workforce ” plus we don’t incur significant transport costs.”

The new Motortronics ‘Centris’ soft-starter was supplied by Fairford Electronics, which sells and services them under license from the US.

Evans added that he believed the investment “should pay for itself in less than two years”.

“Plus having this added capability should now enable us to win additional high voltage motor and generator maintenance and repair contracts across the region. We already have the first job on a mission critical piece of safety equipment scheduled in for early May plus have had several enquiries from potential new customers, aware of our plans to extend our local testing capabilities.”

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