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Toby Landes gives presentation at IEEE/REPC Tue, May 08, 2018

Toby Landes, VP of Engineering at Valquest Systems, gave a presentation entitled "Solving Power Quality Issues from Large Motor Starts using Fast-Acting Capacitor Assistance."

Based on the survey results from attendees, Mr. Landes' presentation was awarded first place and he will be presenting at Tech-Advantage in March, 2019.

The formal IEEE paper with a pdf version of the Power Point can be downloaded at: IEEE Paper

Valquest Systems, Inc. installs Four Bank Capacitor Control System in Valdez, Alaska Sun, April 15, 2018

Valquest Systems has successfully installed a capacitor control system for four 1200 kVAr pad mounted capacitor banks at Copper Valley Electric in Valdez, Alaska.

Each bank is operated with a Z-CapĀ® ZVC control. The Z-Caps receive commands from Valquest's new four stage capacitor bank control, the latest addition to it's line of VAr-MinĀ® Automatic Capacitor Controls.

A TCP/IP interface was also provided with the system and Copper Valley Electric is monitoring the system using their SCADA System.

Valquest Systems, Inc. teams up with Eaton Wed, June 01, 2016

Valquest Systems, Inc. teams up with Eaton™ to provide zero voltage closing (ZVC) controls for a complete line of turn-key ZVC capacitor banks.

More information can be found in the Eaton™ catalog: CA230001EN

Valquest Systems, Inc. teams up with HD Supply Thu, March 19, 2015

Valquest Systems, Inc. teams up with HD Supply® to provide a complete line of turn-key power factor correction solutions.

Valquest commissions new VS.Net SCADA System for Cherokee County Electric Cooperative Association in Rusk, Texas. Thu, March 05, 2015
VAr-Min capacitor control upgrade introduced Fri, January 30, 2015

Valquest Systems, Inc. introduced the latest model of the industry standard VAr-Min Automatic Capacitor Control today. With several completely unique and unmatched capabilities, the VAr-Min is the capacitor control of choice for most industrial and rural loads.

New front panel features in this latest model include:
- 4 Line Display
- Operations Log - Control Algorithm View
- Improved Wizard
- Capacitor Bank Analysis
- USB Communication

Valquest commissioned a coordinated Motor Start Assistance system using 3 capacitor banks Tue, October 07, 2014

Valquest Systems, Inc. in cooperation with HD Supply commissioned a coordinated Motor Start Assitance system today for Cimarron Electric Cooperative in Kingfisher Oklahoma. The system uses a fixed capacitor bank and two switched banks controlled by a Valquest Systems FastCap.

The large motor, part of a rock crushing plant, is at the end of a dedicated 11 mile 12.5 kV line. Because this line is very old and in need of costly repair the coop wanted to switch over to a parallel feeder. But voltage dips on the long line during motor start would be prohibitive because of the imact on coexisting customers.

Before the installation Valquest Systems performed the following pre construction tasks:
- Took cycle by cycle measurements during a motor start
- Analyzed the new feeder using SKM software
- Designed a multi-bank system to correct the voltages
- Re-ran the SKM analysis with the added banks

After commissioning the motor start measurements were run as before with the result showing that the voltage flucuations are well within the IEEE specification. Since the installation last March, no customer complaints have been received regarding voltage related issues.

A spokeperson at Cimarron Electric said that the system had paid for itself 10 times over when compared with the cost of repairing the old line.

Upcoming Events

DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibit Show Tue, February 05, 2019 - Thu, February 07, 2019

Events Details:

Valquest Systems, Inc. will be attending the DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibit in New Orleans, LA.

The booth number is 726.

We invite you to come by, see our products and discuss your needs. We get our best ideas from our customers.

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TechAdvantage 2019 - Conference and Expo Sun, March 10, 2019 - Wed, March 13, 2019

Events Details:

Toby Landes, P.E. of Valquest Systems will be presenting a paper on Wednesday, Martch 13, 2019 at TechAdvantage in Orlando, FL.

The paper will detail benefits and techniques of using Fast-Acting Capacitor Assistance for Starting Large Motors.

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IEEE Rural Electric Power Conference (REPC) Sun, April 28, 2019 - Tue, April 30, 2019

Events Details:

Valquest Systems, Inc. will be attending the IEEE Rural Electric Power Conference (REPC) at the Double Tree in Bloomington, MN.

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TEC Engineering Conference and Exibit Show Sun, September 15, 2019 - Wed, September 18, 2019

Events Details:

Valquest will be attending the TEC Engineering Conference & Exibit Show at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos, TX.

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