Baldor's VS1 Cooling Tower Drive offers improved reliability, reduced maintenance and energy efficiency

Baldor Electric Company introduces direct drive technology for the cooling tower industry that improves reliability, reduces maintenance, runs quieter and saves energy. 

By combining the technologies of the laminated finned frame RPM AC motor with a permanent magnet salient pole rotor design, Baldor offers an energy-efficient product that can directly replace the right-angle gearbox and jack shaft installation in many conventional cooling towers. The fan couples directly to the motor shaft and is controlled by Baldor’s VS1 Cooling Tower Drive to provide optimal variable speed performance that runs quieter with reduced energy consumption.

Historically, the mechanical components of the fan drive, specifically the right-angle gearbox, have been the largest maintenance issue for cooling tower installations. Baldor’s direct drive arrangement not only eliminates the need for this maintenance, but also eliminates the issue of cooling tower water becoming contaminated from leaky gearboxes.

The Baldor VS1 Cooling Tower Drive is designed to work with the cooling tower motor to provide easy start-ups. The drive utilizes sensorless algorithms to accomplish smooth, low-speed operation. In addition, this drive supports multiple protocols, so it can communicate with most building automation systems.

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