At the Woolworths distribution centre at Hume Broadmeadows, overheating and malfunctioning equipment was causing major problems to the conveyor belt system.
Overheating of equipment was causing tripping of the main circuit breaker, and producing unpredictable equipment operation due to frequent loss of supply.
What we did
Analysis of the system showed that a poor power factor was causing unstable power supply to the conveyor belt installation and high current requirements which were creating overheating issues and equipment malfunction.
Captech installed automatic power factor equipment between the sorter distribution board and the conveyor belt, improving power factor and reducing the current required by the system.
- Reduced energy usage
- Interruptions to the conveyor belt operations eliminated
- Better quality of electricity supply
- Lower maintenance costs with improved equipment life
- Energy cost savings which will be further exploited when a kVA tariff is introduced.