Automation upgrades and replacements for decanters and high speed separators

Improve automation and ease of maintenance with a control system upgrade


Decanter and high speed separator control systems are critical to your operation to ensure reliable and consistent equipment performance. As with most of today's technologies, these controls systems are regularly updated with key features and components to increase the efficiency of your process. Over time, older systems become more difficult to operate and service as spare parts become more difficult or impossible to replace. 

We recommend upgrading your automation system every 10 years to extend the lifetime of your decanter or high speed separator as well as to avoid having your equipment out of commission for an extended time as older parts become obsolete. 

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The benefits of an automation upgrade

Replacing an older control system with one of our standard replacements is a simple process that generally requires no more than few days to commission. Your existing system will not need to be removed from the old gland plate and all existing cables can be reused for the new controls (depending on the conditions and new regulations). There are several benefits of upgrading including:

  • Faster and easier service and troubleshooting will reduce equipment downtime 
  • Spare parts for newer systems are readily available versus older controls that will have obsolete parts
  • SCADA connection to factory system
  • All upgrade systems will be ready-to-connect to Alfa Laval Connected Services
  • Robust and reliable design

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Upgrades and replacements for decanter centrifuge back drive and control components


Our automation experts can review your existing decanter control system and recommend upgrades or replacement of key control components including PLC, HMI, Drives. We can also retrofit the decanter centrifuge back drive system to our standard AC electrical motor. If the existing decanter electrical cabinets are in fair condition, there will be no need to replace the complete cabinets for upgrade.

To identify potentially old or obsolete control components in your decanter centrifuge control system, please refer to table below:

 

 

Old or obsolete parts

Upgrade / replacement parts

PLC

SattCon 05 Slimline, ABB AC800M, Allen Bradley SLC “Slick” 5/01 – 5/05, B&R CP1484 or CP1484-1

Allen Bradley CompactLogix or ControlLogix, Siemens S7, B&R CP1584, Modicon M340

HMI

SattCon OP45, ABB PP245 or PP846, Allen Bradley Panelview 550 / 1000 or Panelview Plus 6, Beijer TA150 or T15BR

Allen Bradley Panelview Plus 7, Siemens TP Comfort Panel, B&R Panel PC 2100, Modicon Magelis

Main Drive Control System

Wye-Delta starter, ABB ACS601 or ACS800 VFD, Allen Bradley 1336 Impact VFD

ABB ACS880 VFD or Allen Bradley Powerflex755 VFD

Back Drive Control System

ABC controller, DSC controller, DC VFD, ABB ACS601 or ACS800 VFD, Allen Bradley 1336 Impact VFD

ABB ACS880 VFD or Allen Bradley Powerflex755 VFD

Centrifuge Back Drive Unit

Eddy Current Brake (ECB), DC motor, and Fixed Speed Countershaft transmission

AC electrical motor (direct-coupled or belt driven to gearbox)

High speed separator control components


To identify potentially old or obsolete control components in your high speed separator control system, please refer to table below:

 

 

Old or obsolete parts

Upgrade / replacement parts

PLC

SattCon 05 Slimline, ABB AC800M, Allen Bradley SLC “Slick” 5/01 – 5/05, B&R CP1484 or CP1484-1

Allen Bradley CompactLogix or ControlLogix, Siemens S7

HMI

SattCon OP45, EPC60, ABB PP245 or PP846, Allen Bradley Panelview 550 / 1000 or Panelview Plus 6

Allen Bradley Panelview Plus 7, Siemens TP Comfort Panel

Drive System

Wye-Delta starter, ABB ACS601 or ACS800 VFD, Allen Bradley 1336 Impact VFD

ABB ACS880 VFD or

Allen Bradley Powerflex755 VFD

Tailor-made control system upgrades

If the standard control system upgrades do not suit your needs, we also offer a variety of custom solutions with all variations of control systems. Learn more here.

Local contact

Herbert Huong
Business Development, Automation and Connectivity
Tel: +1 (215) 317-8394
Email: herbert.huong@alfalaval.com

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