Most inverter applications involve the use of inverters whose energy output isn’t considered “high,” but industrial applications often pose a special case. Although some inverters in industrial environments serve particular pieces of equipment and are thus implemented based on the equipment’s wattage, it’s also common for an industrial inverter to serve a general environment, such as a room that contains an entire line of manufacturing equipment.
Equipment and Operating Environment
Because manufacturing environments that contain industrial machinery are well-known for undergoing equipment replacements and reconfigurations to support new manufacturing goals, the types of inverters the environments require can also remain in flux, especially concerning wattage. Because industrial grade inverters are significant investments, the goal of the customer is to choose a solution that stands the least chance of needing replacement.
Manufacturing equipment is frequently upgraded and eventually needs to be replaced to maintain the level of productivity that the widespread use of new equipment standardizes. Inverters that serve individual pieces of equipment are likely to need replacement the soonest; however, they’re also the easiest types of inverters to implement, as their wattage requirements pertain only to the unique piece of equipment they serve.
When the option is available, investing in high wattage inverters that serve multiple pieces of equipment in the same operating environment can save money on two fronts: The cost of inverter maintenance is reduced compared to maintaining two or more individual inverters, and the inverter can be used for the duration of its lifespan (barring a significant increase in wattage requirement), which allows the manufacturer to more accurately predict equipment costs.
Wiring the Inverter Connection
Another cost saving consideration for implementing high wattage inverters is the state of thewire that connects them to the electrical system of the operating environment. As can be seen in other industrial equipment applications, the higher the wattage, the thicker should be the wire through which it travels, supposing that the wire is made from the same material.
For example, implementing a 50k watt inverter using the same wire that previously connected a 5k watt inverter could burn through the wire, cause downtime that thwarts productivity, and potentially lead to fire damage. If your company doesn’t staff electricians, having an industrial electrician install your inverter is the easiest way to avoid this dangerous situation.
The Option of Custom Equipment
In an industrial manufacturing environment, an example of a high wattage inverter that has a long, useful lifespan would be one that is customized to exceed the wattage requirement by a meaningful margin, which minimizes the chance that another, more powerful inverter would be needed to account for manufacturing equipment switch-ups.
Custom high wattage inverters generally cost more than stock equipment upfront. However, considering that custom equipment is designed for the needs of a specific operating environment, it often enjoys a longer useful lifespan than stock equipment.
Who We Are
Exeltech is a manufacturer of power inverters and power converters with over 25 years of experience. In addition to providing stock equipment for immediate shipment, we create custom inverters for unique electricity conduction needs. High wattage inverters are one of our specialties. For inquiries, call us today at (800) 886-4683, or use the contact form on our website.