No empty promises – the variable speed planetary gearbox “Vorecon” from Voith delivers impressive availability of 99.98%
The reliability of drive components is an important factor when calculating the lifecycle costs of a system. Not only does the extremely high reliability of the Vorecon decrease drive system downtimes, it also reduces the associated operating costs.
The Vorecon controls the speed of pumps, compressors, and fans. It is most often used in the oil and gas industry as well as in thermal power plants. Based on the hydrodynamic principle, the variable speed planetary gear can reach powers of more than 50 MW and can be operated at speeds in excess of 20,000 rpm. The hydrodynamic power transmission is wear-free. You can rely on the Vorecon – its service life is several decades and is more than three times longer than variable frequency drives (VFD).
The Vorecon is being deployed around the world
The technology speaks for itself and is exciting customers everywhere! Currently, more than 500 Vorecons are in use around the world. Voith delivered its 500th Vorecon to the operators of the "Cessao Onerosa" oilfield, part of the gigantic "pre-salt-cluster" 250 km off the coast of Brazil. Extreme environments such as heat, cold, sand storms, and tropical conditions present no special challenge for the variable speed planetary gearbox. It can even be used in potentially explosive environments.
A glance into the future – the new Vorecon
The latest advance in Vorecon technology is the use of two torque converters to control the speed. The dual converters allow the Vorecon RWC-M-D to attain even higher efficiency across the entire control range. Type RWC-M-D Vorecons are already being built. The first delivery to the USA is scheduled for May 2013.
Voith sets standards in the energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transportation & automotive markets. Founded in 1867, Voith now employs more than 42,000 people, generating €5.7 billion in sales and operating in about 50 countries in all regions of the world. It is now one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.