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Woodward announces new Vertex line

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Woodward has released its new Vertex line which aims to provide total compressor control.

The Vertex control product line controls and protects industrial-sized axial or centrifugal compressors driven by stationary speed motors, variable frequency drive motors, or turbines.

The purpose-built controller has the control, protection, and decoupling logic required for one or two recycle loop compressor applications. OEM-qualified algorithms are used to ensure that proper start sequences are followed, proper and accurate compressor load calculations are used, and proper protection and recovery actions are performed.

Designed to function as a plant DCS node, the Vertex controller can be configured to interface with the plant DCS via hardwired inputs/output signals or serial or Ethernet communications. With the capability to monitor and control all compressor-based functions the Vertex controller is a cost-effective compressor control/protection device as well as a plant DCS monitoring node.

“Vertex is truly a transformative solution to absolute compressor control,” says Rich Kamphaus, Woodward’s global sales director for steam turbine and compressor markets. “Many of the past compressor controllers were considered ‘black boxes’ which were not truly understood and could only be configured by the control manufacturer. Those days are gone. The Vertex is an easy-to-use, off-the-shelf industrial compressor controller that gives users the power to configure their compressor control for their specific plant process.” Kamphaus emphasises that now users can easily configure and make changes to these controllers themselves to best meet the requirements of their process.

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