Eaton LED Solutions For Oil Refinery Applications

Eaton has over 100 years of oil and gas market leadership and servesthe world’s oil companies,original equipment manufacturers and EPCs with electrical, hydraulics and filtration solutions supported by a global network of over 2,500 services professionals. Over the years, Eaton’s innovative portfolio has grown, including solutions from names like Aeroquip-Vickers, B-Line, CEAG, Crouse-Hinds, Cutler-Hammer, Holec, and Synflex among others.

Refineries are commonly faced with the growing challenge of keeping up with uptime, budget and regulatory requirements despite aging equipment. Operating around the clock in harsh environments also demands the utmost in visibility and illumination to support worker safety. Eaton LED solutions for oil refinery applications with todays modern light emitting diode, (LED) technology delivers increased energy efficiency, lowers maintenance costs and improves light quality, lighting upgrades present a great opportunity for refineries to cut costs while bettering work environments.

Application Cases– Eaton LED Solutions For Oil Refinery Applications In USA

When a major U.S. refinery was looking to modernize its lighting systems to provide a better environment for personnel, it sought a solution that could also reduce ongoing maintenance, replacement and energy costs. The increasing costs incurred from the aging high-pressure sodium (HPS) and incandescent lighting technology began to compound, and the refinery knew it needed to collaborate with an industrial lighting expert to develop a solution that would continue to deliver benefits well into the future.


Following an extensive inspection by lighting experts in Eatons Crouse-Hinds business, the refinery replaced legacy HPS and incandescent fixtures with Champ VMV Series and Vaporgard Series explosion proof LED luminaires. Exceeding the refinerys expectations as a HPS replacement for overall light quality and durability, the Champ VMV Series LED fixtures provided full-spectrum lighting and custom distribution at a fraction of the energy consumption.

Consuming less than 50W, the Champ VMV3L delivers equivalent lighting levels of a traditional 100W lamp, offering a lifetime energy savings upwards of 77 percent compared to traditional HPS luminaires. The robust design provides protection from flammable vapors, gases, corrosive chemicals and liquids to withstand the harshest of environments and has a lifespan more than six times that of typical luminaires. The Vaporgard LED explosion proof luminaires were implemented to provide the refinery with uniform, crisp light in low-mounted applications. An ideal replacement for traditional 100-200W incandescent applications, the luminaires comply with T5 temperature codes in Class 1, Div. 2 locations to provide the safety and performance required in downstream applications. The 22W LED system can also help save up to 85 percent in energy costs, and provides a rated life of up to 50,000 hours for nearly 10 years of maintenance-free lighting.


By implementing the Eaton LED lighting technology, the refinery was able to reduce its annual energy usage by $34,668 while decreasing annual maintenance costs by $766,647. The complete lighting solution is also designed in compliance with applicable industry standards, providing the highest quality, safety and optical performance for hazardous areas.

To learn more about Eaton LED solutions for oil refinery applications, visit the Eaton Website. For Eaton Drive Repair and Replacement quotes, contact Precision Electric.


VFD Conveyor Systems

Automatic conveyors are used to transport and sort materials. Automatic VFD conveyor systems areinstalled as part of a storage or logistics system or may be used between the machining stations of factory plant and equipment. In the case of unit loads, the speeds of individual conveyor sections must be aligned with the flow of material. In comparison, bulk materials are conveyed continuously.

Typical applications include

  • Roller conveyors
  • Chain conveyorstant movement
  • Belt conveyors
  • Screw conveyors

Continuous VFD conveyor systems support constant movement. Their speed depends on the materials being transported and the process conditions. Defined acceleration and braking ramps prevent materials tumbling or slipping during stopping and starting. VFD conveyor systems are used when variable speed is required for industrial conveyor systems.

On conveyor VFD systems, torque is determined on the deformation work and churning work of the belt conveyor. The proportion of potential energy is also taken into account from a need to overcome height differences. Acceleration is not a primary concern, as the drives change speed gradually. In the case of conveyor sections used to transport unit loads (from which individu al units are discharged and sorted), the speed of the material must be varied in accordance with specific requirements. That is why dynamic torque loads also need to be taken into account within this context. As a result, servo drives are often used in such situations.

The sensor signals (from photoelectric barriers or limit switches) that are neces sary for the purpose of monitoring and controlling the volume flow are processed by higher-level controls or directly by the inverter.


Lenze VFD Conveyor Systems And Solutions

The driving force behind a conveyor is the geared motor. Fixed speed motors are either controlled via a contactor or a distributed motor starter. To facilitate soft starting, Lenze’s electronic motor starter, starttec, can be used to raise motor voltage gradually by means of a ramp. If variable speeds are required, there will be a need for precise acceleration, braking and positional accuracy when stopping. In this case, VFD conveyor systems using variable frequency drives are the ideal solution. Lenze’s 8200 vector and 8200 motec frequency drives can be connected to field buses. This minimizes wiring and cabling to the controller. The decentralized Lenze 8200 motec frequency drivesshould be installed outside the control cabinet and directly on the machine frame or on the motor in place of the terminal box. This means that the VFD conveyor systems can be tested easily prior to delivery, thereby reducing installation and commissioning times. This results in cost savings, especially when you consider the layout concept, which allows loop-through wiring of the power and control cables.

Lenze VFD conveyor systems and servo drives are designed for high dynamic performance applications. The servo motors can be combined with the complete Lenze range of gearboxes and this means that they can be adapted perfectly to the requirements of any conveyor section. To learn more about Lenze VFD Conveyor Systems, visit the Lenze Website. For Lenze VFD drive repair and replacement quotes, contact Precision Electric.