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New Business Unit Manager Service appointed

Service is considered one of our priorities: Ortea Next is pleased to announce that, starting from April 2022, the role of Business Unit Manager Service has been entrusted to engineer Matteo Sozzi.

This valuable acquisition will bring added value to Ortea Next, thanks to Matteo’s experience in Power Quality and Energy Efficiency and his consolidated skills in “business development” and “IOT servitization”.

“The next industrial revolution is in the ‘Internet of things’ which, through the acquisition of data on board the machine and the related processing algorithms, helps to implement the Service more and more in a predictive function. The adoption of these solutions will guarantee the customer optimum performance and, above all, continuity of service,” says Matteo Sozzi.

Ortea @ MEE22: great results!

We’re pleased to have participated in Middle East Energy this year too; as usual, it allowed us to meet partners and customers of a historically important region for us.

In particular, we’d like to thank all our staff (Ahmed – Sales director, Petio – Area sales manager, Paolo and Nicola – Business Unit Manager), who, in addition to meeting numerous customers and prospects at our stand, let us relive the experience through photos that we’re pleased to share with you.

Lebanon: Hackathon Days web conference

We are pleased to announce that ORTEA has been invited to speak at the Hackathon Days, organized as part of the Reestart Project promoted by ICU and ENEA.

The web conference will take place on February 22nd and 23rd 2022 and will focus on innovative solutions on renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency measures and circular economy.

Don’t miss Petio Dimitrov’s speech at 2.20pm this afternoon, focused on ORTEA’s customized solutions designed and conceived to help Companies improve their power quality and energy efficiency parameters.

Join Petio at the meeting.

Join us at Middle East Energy 2022 in Dubai

Middle East Energy will take place in Dubai from 7th to 9th March: the leading global trade fair for the energy sector, in which Ortea has been a satisfied exhibitor for many years is back!

After a long period of only being able to do this virtually, we look forward to meeting you in person at our booth H3-C11.

To arrange a meeting, please send an e-mail to ahmed.lazzem@ortea.com or petio.dimitrov@ortea.com.

Formerly known as Middle East Electricity, the new Middle East Energy, taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, is one of the world’s leading energy trade fairs, bringing together the main players in this market: from large energy suppliers to multi-utility decision makers to innovative start-ups.

The event aims to be an industry platform focused on technological innovation and the promotion of energy transition culture.

How to measure Power Quality

Today’s industrial systems are evaluated in terms of maximising production continuity, a characteristic that is achieved above all by exploiting process automation to the full. As a result, we are witnessing an increasing introduction of electronic and IT equipment in production lines, devices that are very sensitive to Power Quality.

In order to ensure the high production performance required, industrial systems must be supplied with power of excellent quality, both in terms of continuity as well as intrinsic characteristics. In fact, the main causes of unscheduled system downtime, malfunctions, and serious damage to electrical equipment and infrastructure are due to poor power quality.

According to statistical studies, approx. 80% of disturbances due to poor power quality are generated internally at the end-user (downstream) system. Typically, these disturbances are due to non-linear loads (inverters, welding/punching machines, drives, robots, electronic equipment in general) that generate harmonics on the grid, or to the presence of high-power loads (large motors, for example) that can generate disturbances.

The remaining 20% of disturbances come from the Grid (upstream), i.e. the power supplier. Even the most advanced transmission and distribution systems cannot guarantee supply with absolute continuity and perfect quality. In this sense, the recent complexity of the generation world (think of the increasing diffusion of renewables such as solar and wind power) has certainly had and will increasingly have a significant impact on the quality of the power supplied.

Measuring the Power Quality of one’s electrical system is almost never a simple matter. First of all, it is necessary to identify whether any problems are coming from “upstream” or “downstream,” and then try to understand where, when, and how they manifest themselves…

In order to collect information and electrical data to be analysed, it is necessary to carry out one or more measurements, or better said, veritable measurement campaigns. To carry out such campaigns, extensive skills are required; it is unlikely that any one person can cover all areas in a given system. It becomes necessary to involve several people: an expert in electrical measurements (often also a system expert), a solution expert (a Power Quality specialist), and the operational personnel in the company, since there is no one better able to provide the right information (even if usually the effect is known but not the cause that generated it).

The measurement campaign is a key point in solving PQ problems. It is the first step in the investigation process and, if it is done in the wrong direction, it will lead to failure.

It is important at this stage to have a comprehensive and in-depth discussion with those who are familiar with the process and the problems encountered, and to determine what is happening, in which system situations, at what times/on which days/in which seasons, and whether the problems started before or after any system changes. If the problems involve a certain piece of equipment, it would also be a good idea to talk to the manufacturer to understand the reason of certain incorrect behaviour.

This phase also includes documentation checks, going over the wiring diagram with verification that it is updated to the current state, since this document is fundamental to be able to identify distorting and sensitive users in order to understand which are the users affected by any malfunctions. Looking at the bills for an entire calendar year is also important, especially for systems that are not in continuous operation. In addition, if there is a supervisory IT system with data logging, it should definitely be consulted, verifying that the measuring instruments used provide truthful data.

Before taking the measurements, it is advisable to carry out an inspection to examine the system. Important information can be gathered from a “sensory” point of view, by sight (state of the machinery, presence of evidence of short circuits, overloads, overheating, presence of pollution of possibly conductive dust, etc), by ear (humming in the cabinet, and their trend as a function of active loads), and by “feel” (cabinet temperature, humidity).

At this point, the picture should be clear and it will be necessary to think about:

  • Where
  • When
  • For how long
  • Which measurements to take and with which instruments

The choice is fundamental and strategic, since the measurements must provide the useful data on which to reflect to solve the problem. Measuring should not be overdone, risking complicating the problem with a volume of data to be analysed and managed that can become unnecessarily embarrassing.

Where: establish in which points of the system the measurements are to be performed: at the terminals of the disturbed loads, at the terminals of the disturbing loads, just downstream of the MV/LV transformer, etc. In systems with complex topology, the choice of where to take the measurement is fundamental; making a mistake in the measurement point means having to “throw away” all the measurements previously taken and starting again from scratch.

When: at full load (or during start-up of the main loads) if the maximum current and voltage harmonic distortion and/or the minimum voltage is to be measured. With minimum load (e.g. evening hours) if possible voltage variations beyond the nominal value are to be evaluated. In the case of problems encountered during certain processes or system states, measurements should be conducted reproducing these conditions.

For how long: measurements aimed at identifying max THDI and max THDV can take less than an hour, if carried out when the system is at maximum load. On the other hand, measurements aimed at voltage or power profiling should be conducted for at least one full week (CEI EN 50160). Statistically based investigations (e.g., voltage gap counts and their duration and depth characteristics) need a continuous measurement of at least a few months.

Which measurements to take and with which instruments: this depends on numerous factors; it is not possible to generalise. It is a case-by-case assessment; the value added lies in the skill of the electrical measurement experts.

Ortea is able to carry out Power Quality measurement services in both industrial and tertiary power systems, aimed at the identification of voltage/current distortion problems or slow/rapid voltage variations, with subsequent identification and technical/commercial proposal of power factor correction, filtering and stabilisation solutions.

3D design: functional to production

A modernly organised company that wants to keep up with the times and the needs of an increasingly competitive global market must stay aligned and updated with new technologies.

Ortea SpA is constantly looking for advanced technologies and methodologies to develop the best Power Quality solutions, keeping design, development and production costs under control, in order to offer the market the usual quality but at competitive prices.

That is why our design engineers have been using 3D design software for over a decade.

Once the machine has been designed from an electrical performance standpoint, it then becomes necessary to translate calculations and electrical schematics into a hardware application. With the aid of 3D software, it is possible to design equipment down to the smallest details, with enormous advantages that have repercussions on the entire production chain. All this becomes even more significant taking into account that one of the flagships of Ortea SpA is the ability to modify the designs of its standard equipment, adapting them to the specific customer needs, and to produce high power machines with many components.

At this point, to allow workers to assemble the equipment, the designer prints a series of views of the design which, however, are never comprehensive. For this reason, several terminals have been placed in production at Ortea that can be consulted by assembly workers. This solution allows workers, in case of doubts, to view the machine in all its parts and from all angles, with the advantage of avoiding assembly errors and wasting time for both designers and assemblers.

Thanks to the synergy among all departments, Ortea SpA is constantly evolving to provide quality solutions that ensure the peace of mind of its customers.

Rising energy costs: the storm does not stop

2021 was a year characterized by extraordinarily high energy prices (as you can see from the data published by Iea – International Energy Agency) and numerous studies show that this trend will be confirmed for 2022.

The root causes are the same: skyrocketing commodity prices and the costs of CO2 emissions paid by energy companies and energy-intensive industries, a vicious circle which at the moment shows no signs of trend reversal, despite Governments’ effort to control prices.

At this juncture, it becomes increasingly important and strategic to quickly plan investments to reduce the consumption and the running costs of your electrical system.

Our Power Quality solutions, especially our Icar branded Power Factor Correction Systems and our Enersolve branded Energy Efficiency Smart Devices, guarantee immediate savings.

Ortea is your partner to guide you through the right choice (www.next.ortea.com).

Online FAT (Factory Acceptance Test)

Ortea SpA has adopted a certified corporate Quality System, which, inter alia, envisages that all equipment produced is subjected to extensive testing.

In certain cases, especially for large solutions, the customer requests to carry out the tests with the presence of a technician. This procedure is universally known as FAT (Factory Acceptance Test).

Ortea SpA exports its solutions all over the world, and in this pandemic period when travel can be a problem, it has become necessary to find a solution to perform such testing. Thanks to modern technology, FATs can be performed online, using video cameras and simple teleconferencing software.

In this case, the machine to be tested was a voltage stabiliser for an end customer located in a sub-Saharan African country. We cannot help but dedicate a few lines to this extra-large solution: a Sirius 2000kVA digital voltage stabiliser with ±35% output regulation, complete with total protection kit, weighing 11100kg and measuring 7000x1600x2000mm, made in two separable splits to facilitate shipment and placement in the destination premises.

Thanks to the videoconference connection and to the portable video camera, the customer was able to follow all the tests foreseen (lasting approx. 5 hours) step by step and, at the end, sign its acceptance directly by sharing the documentation produced.

Enlit 2021: positive assessment

Enlit Europe, the new brand that combines European Utility Week & Powergen Europe, is a trade fair that aims to be a guide to the energy transition. This evolution is shaped by established players, external innovators, innovative start-ups and also end users. Enlit Europe aims to bring all of these communities together in order to seize current opportunities, highlight those of the future and inspire the next generation.

Ortea SpA could not be missing and, after the three days of participation in Enlit 2021, it is now time to take stock.

The companies that participated, undoubtedly of excellent standing, were for the most part related to the Ortea context from various points of view, including:

  • Internationalism
  • Energy transition
  • Customer portfolio
  • Indirect technical issues

Our sales team reports excellent ideas for possible applications of our Power Quality solutions in new market segments and numerous contacts with both potential customers and potential suppliers of innovative technologies.

Despite a participation “on tiptoes”, the assessment of these three days of the trade fair is therefore positive.

A separate chapter concerns the positive feelings reported by the entire Ortea Spa Sales Team which, after almost two years of the pandemic, only participation in a trade fair “in person” can arouse.

It’s not the destination that matters, it’s the journey

The Ortea staff wishes everyone to enjoy every day of this adventure called “life”.

May the new year be special, amazing and happy!