Variable level measurement
Smart valve for oil regulation in compressors
Founded in 1879, Armaturenwerk Altenburg (AWA) is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of valves, sight glasses and fittings for refrigeration and air conditioning technology. The traditional Thuringian company is now presenting its new oil level regulation system OLC.
The AWA OLC guarantees the optimum oil level in refrigeration compressors and is used in compound systems with reciprocating or scroll compressors. Its functionality is essentially based on the almost infinitely variable level measurement by means of an electronic float sensor. It can be used in systems of up to 120 bar for a variety of refrigerants and oils and ensures permanent and instantaneous level detection. In addition to the level, the speed of change of the level is also evaluated for the first time.
The electronic float is insensitive to foaming and swashing oil. Other features of the OLC include the large sight glass for better level recognition, an LED display on the front for fast status recording and the modular adapter system for connection to all common compressor types. The installation dimensions, reduced by up to 25 per cent, enable plant constructors to design more compact composite plants. Innovative algorithms of the autonomous electronics enable two new special functions to protect the refrigeration compressors: the Power ON Logic and the Emergency Injection.
Permanent level monitoring in normal operation
For optimum lubrication of the compressor, the AWA OLC regulates its oil quantity to a level of 40 to 60 per cent. If the value falls below the normal range, a delay counter is activated. During normal operation, this prevents the system from swinging up and the compressor from overfilling. After ten seconds the injection of oil begins. If the oil level drops below the critical range (40 to 25 per cent) despite active filling, an alarm counter starts which switches an alarm relay after 80 seconds. This relay contact can be tapped and used, for example, to switch off the compressor or trigger an alarm routine.
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Subsidiary offers sales, service and support
New Branch Office in France
On October 01, 2019 Viscotec opened a new branch in Mérignac, Bordeaux. The office in France is already the fifth Viscotec subsidiary worldwide.
It is planned to be a sales, service and support organization that will distribute and support both ViscoTec and preeflow products. VT France pursues essential goals: On the one hand, the presence of Viscotec in Europe is to be strengthened, the European sales structure is to be expanded and the French market is to be opened up. But also, the proximity to the customer and the direct contact to the end user are important factors. Viscotec also sees great potential in the French market and wants to exploit it as much as possible. Important sectors the subsidiary will focus on are – amongst others – the cosmetics, automotive and aerospace industry.
The branch manager and local contact is Christophe Lalanne, who has known Viscotec for many years and is very familiar with the products. Christophe has a technical degree with a focus on chemistry and specialization in bonding and adhesives. Christophe is also a “European Bonding Specialist”. From 2007 to 2011 he worked in sales and primarily focused on applications and solutions in the field of bonding. Since 2011 he has been employed as product manager for applications in the adhesives sector and thus also got to know the dispensers from Viscotec.
“We have known Christophe for a long time, and we trust him. We are sure that he will be able to bring Viscotec to the top in France and establish ViscoTec as a synonym for dispensing technology there,” says Georg Senftl, Managing Director of Viscotec .