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Kubrix AG is a leading supplier of masonry products in Switzerland. It is the successor of the Keller Unternehmungen and Brauchli brickworks as well as the three brickworks formerly belonging to the FBB Group. With over 160 years of experience and around 60 employees at various locations in Switzerland, Kubrix produces fired bricks, thermal insulation bricks, facing bricks, sand lime bricks and clinker.
During servicing at the production location in Schlatt, the maintenance team noticed that the existing reactive power compensator no longer met today's requirements. Following a needs assessment, we offered, supplied and commissioned a new compensator with rating of 500 kVar. The compensator was integrated into the site infrastructure without having to halt production during installation. The reactive power compensator is equipped with fully automatic control and enables significant cost reductions in use of the power grid.
Alfred Hänni, deputy plant director at the Paradies works in Schlatt, expressed his satisfaction with the new unit: 'This reactive power compensator has enabled us to implement our planned efficiency measures and lower our costs.'
We develop our turnkey systems to suit actual needs and the location where they are to be used. In addition to taking into account grid frequency and inductance, we mainly focus on the quality of service and a long service life of the systems. It goes without saying that we also give consideration to installation options in existing control cabinets, good accessibility to the system components or the use of solid-state contactors for rapid load changes to ensure smooth operation. Short delivery times, appropriate technical documentation in line with national standards and the guaranteed availability of spare parts are further criteria that convinced Kubrix to place its faith in Alpiq's services.
Motors need reactive power to generate electromagnetic fields. This places strain on the power grid but cannot be used or converted into another form of energy. As of a certain amount, reactive power must be paid for. In order to avoid such costs, we engineer, construct and supply reactive power compensators that work like a capacitive load. The investment in compensators will pay for itself in a short time thanks to the reactive power for which the company no longer has to pay. Alpiq has been engineering and selling reactive power compensators for over seventy years and supplies them to customers all over the world.