Thursday, February 26, 2015

How Maintaining Constant Pressure on Your Pivot Can Save You 35 to 40 Percent in Pumping Costs | by Jonny Branom

Growers that use corner machines or have some elevation changes in their field know that there can be a big variance in pressure at the end of their pivot. In a typical corner machine, the difference in pressure can be as much as 35 to 40 PSI between when the corner is extended or retracted.

With a Valley Drive Connect® and a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) in your installation, you can maintain a constant pressure at the end of your pivot regardless of the elevation differences you may have, or the position of the corner machine if you use one.

Valley Drive Connect mounts on the end of your pivot and uses a pressure transmitter to measure pressure. The pressure feedback is then sent back to your VFD wirelessly, to adjust your pump speed to maintain constant pressure.

By only supplying your pivot the pressure it needs to operate correctly, you can save up to 40 percent in pumping costs, eliminate pressure spikes, prolong sprinkler regulator life and help prevent pipeline blow outs. Valley Drive Connect can also be used in conjunction with Valley Pump Connect®. Now you can have pressure feedback from the end of your machine and on/off control from your pivot point, all wirelessly back to your VFD.

Valley Water Management and your local Valley dealer are committed to bringing you the very latest in money-saving pumping technologies. For more information, please contact your local Valley dealer.

Jonny Branom
Project Sales Manager – Valley Water Management

Jonny joined Valley Water Management in 2013 as the Western project sales manager. He has more 15 years of experience in industrial automation, instrumentation, wireless controls and VFDs. Jonny has been working with Valley dealers for many years solving control and pumping needs. He lives with his wife, Tammy, and two children in Spokane, WA, and enjoys many outdoor activities around the Inland Northwest.