Omron Drives in the Frame with Vivendi

14.11.2001

A Framework Contract has been awarded by Vivendi Water to Omron Electronics Ltd for the supply of variable speed drives, (also called inverters) which control the operational speed of electric motors and the pumps, fans and processing equipment which they run.

Vivendi Water, which supplies potable water to 3.2 million people across the South East of England, says that drives serve two main functions. Firstly, the user can set the speed of pumps and processing plant to produce precisely the required amount of water (or other end product). Secondly, through varying the speed, significant energy and hence cost savings can be achieved by matching the inverter output to the load demand.

As a regulated industry, water companies are obliged to seek best value for their capital investments and Framework Agreements allow them to demonstrate their adherence to this principle. The Vivendi Water/Omron Contract is valid for the next three years, and will involve the supply of drives for booster pumps, lift pumps, transfer pumps, chemical dosing and many other applications.

Alan Smith, Omron's Business Development Manager for the UK water industry notes that Omron has supplied drives to Vivendi Water over a number of years and this new agreement further cements the business relationship between the two companies.

"We have one of the most comprehensive ranges of drives available, including sizes from under a kilowatt to hundreds of kilowatts. Of particular interest to the water industry are our 3G3HV range, which is designed specifically for pump and fan applications, all of which are available with a no-cost option of 12-pulse operation above 15kW by the use of a suitable transformer, plus PID configurable I/O as standard, making the range ideal for integration into numerous system configuration."

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