HVAC systems specialist Dometic Marine launches the SmartStart(TM) Control to the European commercial marine market at this year's Seawork International. The SmartStart(TM) is a single-phase compressor motor startup control that can reduce the startup current surge by up to 65%. By smoothing the startup power demand, the SmartStart(TM) helps to preserve the vessel's generator ensuring a longer life and eliminating the cost of upgrading to a larger system.
"The SmartStart(TM) is a key product for commercial and workboat markets and offers vessel operators and owners significant cost savings. By reducing startup surge by as much as 65%, the SmartStart(TM) control provides a gentler method of handling a current surge, which can mean the difference between an operator keeping the existing generator or having to invest in a larger one," comments Paul Hickinbotham, Director of Sales & Operations, Dometic Marine UK.
The current surge or spike can occur whenever an air conditioning system cycles on, possibly causing flickering lights and tripped circuit breakers. In extreme cases, the current surge can cause the generator output voltage to momentarily reduce or even shut down. When this happens, the air conditioning compressor can stall and fail to start. The damage caused to the compressor over time due to these failed startup attempts can be reduced by using SmartStart(TM).
The SmartStart(TM) control is suitable for an extensive range of applications including commercial marine and workboat and is available through the Cruisair and Marine Air distribution channels. The compact and lightweight system measures 12.7cm x 7.6cm x 5.1cm and weighs 0.43kg, making it easy to install with virtually any existing marine air conditioning system. Furthermore the system is available in three voltage/frequency varieties and can be installed directly into the air conditioning system's electrical box. Alternatively the system's drip-proof enclosure provides a robust and duarable solution which can be mounted externally, in accordance with vessel operator requirements.
Hickinbotham adds: "The SmartStart(TM) is proven as a cost-effective and efficient system for reducing damage to air conditioning compressors. We are offering the new solution in conjunction with many of our air conditioning systems, depending on size and application."
To find out more about Dometic Marine and the company's extensive range of air conditioning and sanitation solutions available for the commercial marine and workboat markets, please visit the Dometic Marine team on Stand 20 at Seawork International 2010.
SmartStart(TM) Summary of Features:
- Reduces strain on generator
- Reduces negative effects at compressor start up
- Can eliminate need to upgrade generator
- Compact and lightweight
The SmartStart(TM) control is priced at £350.00 including VAT (UK RRP).