2014-03-06 - ABB has installed a power protection solution that is eliminating voltage dips for Sibur Plastic’s workshop, “Styrene” in Russia. This solution is increasing the reliability and continuity of the factory’s power supply by 100 percent, and ensuring Sibur’s resources are protected.
ABB provided four 330 kVA PCS100 Active Voltage Conditioner’s (AVCs), which were installed on substations that supplied power to the workshop. This enabled the production line to operate seamlessly, even after 15 power quality events (mainly dips with different depths) were reported.
Sibur Plastic’s Chief Power Engineer Mr Formin highlighted the performance of the PCS100 AVC, “We were skeptical and had some doubts with the effectiveness of the PCS100 AVC. However, only two months after commissioning, there were 15 power quality events and the production line hasn’t felt them at all, thanks to ABB. The production line is now working without any interruptions related to the power quality issues we were often experiencing before.”
With ABB’s power protection solution in place, Sibur Plastic will continually produce up to 60,000 tons of polystyrene per year. Among this impressive figure, Sibur Plastic will also produce expandable polystyrene with a capacity of up to 11,300 tons per year, separators and foamed plastics with a capacity of 6,380 tons per year. For Sibur, the most important aspect was on time supply to polystyrene manufacturers. This supply led to the production of a wide variety of everyday goods such as, cups and utensils to furniture and bathroom materials. Consumer electronics and durable lightweight packaging of all kinds are also produced. Investing in ABB’s technology is allowing Sibur Plastic to increase their production output and minimize waste of resources and materials. This will enable Sibur Plastic to invest in other areas of quality processes and secure future orders with their customer’s.
Unlike other power protection solutions on the market today, ABB’s PCS100 AVC topology is very small. This allows for situations where tight installations are required. Surprisingly, this is a common factor, since many industries today do not have large amounts of floor space. The PCS100 AVC industrial design and integrated bypass means that it is highly reliable and can cope in the harshest conditions. Finally, as the PCS100 AVC draws the additional current required to make up the correction voltage from the utility supply, it requires no energy storage. This leads to lower maintenance costs and a higher efficiency of typically greater than 98 percent.
To date, ABB have installed over 381 MVA PCS100 AVCs, and over 800 MVA of PCS100 power protection products for commercial and industrial applications.
Watch ABB's PCS100 AVC video here (4.34 minutes)