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Inpro-Seal Current Diverter Ring® (CDR®) Chiller Pumps energy-efficient

Extending the life of energy efficient HVAC equipment

A leading plastic injection company planned to install variable frequency drives (VFDs) on their chiller pumps to increase energy efficiency and reduce operating costs. These drives are increasingly popular in the HVAC industry because of their ability to economically meet changing load demands, making them ideal for fluid and air-flow applications.

While the use of VFD systems provides many benefits, the company was concerned because VFDs have been known to cause premature system failure. VFDs induce high-frequency voltages that build on the shaft until they discharge to ground through the motor’s bearings and the bearings of coupled equipment. Over time, these discharges cause premature bearing failure.

A Complete Shaft Grounding Solution

The customer specified to their vendor of choice, Gardiner Trane, a full-service HVAC energy solutions provider, that bearing protection be added to the VFD installation project to safeguard their investment. Gardner Trane chose the Inpro/Seal® Current Diverter Ring® (CDR®) as their complete shaft grounding solution. The CDR utilizes proprietary conductive filaments to divert harmful shaft currents away from the bearings and to ground.

“Originally we were going to use a complete ring assembly,” said William Thompson of Gardiner Trane, “but after consulting Inpro/Seal’s application engineers, they recommended a split design for easy installation.” Thompson explained that Inpro/Seal’s ability to custom engineer a split design CDR for each piece of equipment was an attractive feature to Gardiner Trane because of shaft diameter variations on their customer’s motors. “The pumps are close-coupled and getting the correct measurement was difficult,” he said. “Getting the size right was critically important.”

Quick Delivery, Easy Installation

Nineteen custom-engineered CDRs were delivered to Gardiner Trane in one to two days. Gardiner Trane installed them on Sundays so that the installation process wouldn’t interrupt the customer’s production schedule. “Inpro/Seal’s sales engineer guided us through the installation process.” Thompson said.

Inpro-Seal Current Diverter Ring® (CDR®) Chiller Pumps (1)

The Inpro/Seal® CDR® uses proprietary conductive filaments to divert harmful shaft currents away from the bearings.

A Return on Investment

Since the CDR devices were installed, Gardiner Trane and their customer have observed no evidence of bearing damage. Thanks to the bearing protection Inpro/Seal provides, the customer is able to enjoy all the energy efficiency and cost-saving benefits that VFDs offer without fear of premature bearing wear, motor failure, or expensive downtime.

Thompson stated “We service this customer with an ongoing agreement for their HVAC equipment and assist with the operation of the pump skids if needed. Since we installed the CDR devices there have not been any issues – the original bearings are still operating with the new VFDs.”

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