Control Techniques’ Unidrives are driving down energy demand with smart control for a local attraction.

Singapore based company Navitech, which delivers innovative mechanical & electrical designs and installations, has utilised Control Techniques’ Unidrive M200 range in a novel installation, known as the Dolphin Fountain – a spectacular display of dolphins ‘playing’ among sprays of water.

Exploiting M200’s communication flexibility, Navitech integrated the drives into the fountain control system via Ethernet IP. The variable speed drives control the compressors to regulate the jet sprays’ height, using the Modbus protocol, creating an attractive display.

M200’s onboard PLC boosts the intelligent control. Engineers can now program the fountain display from a remote app, saving both time and resources.

Furthermore, Unidrive M200 has an easy-to-use fixed LED keypad, and a practical, hard-to-miss parameter guide on the front of the drive, which aids set-up, relieving some of the pain points installers typically face.

Mars You, Managing Director of Navitech, says, “Our end customer is thrilled with the outcome of this project. They are saving 20-30% of energy compared to DOL running mode/soft starter.  The compact size of M200 – it is among the smallest in class – made installation straightforward and generally easier to manage, reducing the space and cost required.

Our end customer received an excellent quality product that offers more functionality than they had previously. Our experience with Control Techniques has been superior; the team provided strong technical support and is always quick to respond to queries.”


Control Techniques

Control Techniques, a Nidec company, is the global drives specialist with a long entrepreneurial history. More recently, we have the support of a large international parent company, Nidec, and its other brands. We are a challenger with a big name in the drives industry. We pride ourselves on the service we provide, not only from Newtown in Wales, but also from our network of 45 drive centres around the world. We are drive obsessed, and our ambition pushes us to be the go-to-for drives.



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