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ABB wins Technical Innovation of the Year award for pump control system

07 April 2011

ABB and its partner, Inverter Drive Systems (IDS), have won the Technical Innovation of the Year Product award at the Pump Industry Awards 2011 for a patented control system for primary settlement tank sludge pumps. 'Reactive Pump Control for Sludge Pumps' uses a diaphragm pump, a low voltage ac variable-speed drive and a specially designed algorithm to achieve the exact flow control demanded by sludge pumps, cutting pumping time by up to 90 percent.

“This award underlines ABB’s relationship with its partners and the continued commitment to innovation and to bringing pump users the most energy saving technologies on the market,” says Steve Ruddell, division manager, Discrete Automation and Motion, ABB Limited.

The control system is the brainchild of Blaise Ford of IDS, one of the ABB Drives Alliance members. “This shows the depth of expertise we have throughout our channel partner network,” says Ruddell. “There is nothing else in the marketplace that achieves the operational expenditure savings that this technique attains, while drawing off sludge at 4 percent solids.”

Reactive Pump Control senses the viscosity of sludge using an internal algorithm. It starts pumping on an internally set delay time and stops pumping when sludge viscosity drops to a pre-determined value.

The award was presented to Nick Brown, ABB and Blaise Ford, IDS, at a ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, Coventry on 23rd March, by celebrity Selina Scott and World Pumps’ editor Alan Burrows.

Shown here left to right: Selina Scott; Nick Brown, ABB; Blaise Ford, IDS; Andy Berry, Severn Trent Water; Alan Burrows, World Pumps magazine

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