Medium Voltage Soft Starters: DriveStart


Ratings: up to 6.6KV, 5MW
Introducing the DriveStart, the first of its kind, IGBT based Medium Voltage Soft Starter, optimized for applications that require low starting current and/or a high starting torque. The cutting edge design results in significant savings in costs, energy and space while meeting high demand application requirements.

Experience the Evolution of Soft Starters

Setting a New Standard

The DriveStart is optimized for applications that require a low starting current and/or a high starting torque:

  • Provides full torque start
  • Starts at nominal motor current or lower
  • Enables motor starting from weak electrical networks
  • Reduces motor heat at start enabling use of standard motors

Saving costs, energy and space while meeting top performance requirements

  • Significantly lower price point than a Medium Voltage VFD, yet providing similar soft start and soft stop features
  • Integrated bypass ensures no energy loss during operation, reducing energy waste and operational costs
  • Peak demand reduction
  • Streamlined design translating to at least 50% reduction in space requirements vs. a VFD with comparable performance

Advanced Features

  • Input voltage – Up to 6.6 kV 50/60Hz +10% -15%.
  • Power range – Up to 6.6kV, 5MW
  • Mains starting current – 10% to 120% of motor rated current
  • Starting capacity of 100% of FLC for 600 seconds at 50°C, numerous number of starts
  • Starting torque - Up to 160% of motor rated toque
  • Internal synchronization system (bypass), from DriveStart to mains and back
  • Soft Start and Soft Stop
  • Multi-start capabilities
  • Electronic Potential Current Transformer (EPCT) voltage and current measurements via fiber optics
  • Integrated data logger and wave form capture for all major system signals including current and voltage (optional)
  • Remote diagnostics and failure analysis (optional)

Typical Applications

  • Water pumps
  • Waste water pumps
  • Booster pumps
  • Compressors
  • Oil pumps
  • LNG pumps
  • Fans and blowers
  • Conveyor belts
  • Ball mills
  • Compressors
  • Refrigeration chillers
  • Mixers
  • Thrusters
  • Ballast and fire-fighting pumps
  • Injection pumps

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