By Andrew Lepan, State Manager, Techtop Australia

With energy costs continually increasing, it is more important than ever to keep track of energy usage and to implement efficiency solutions in areas of high-power consumption. Pumping systems account for nearly 20 per cent of the world’s electrical energy demand.

In some industrial applications, pumping consumes between 25 to 50 per cent electricity. More than 85 per cent of this energy is wasted by oversized pumps and lack of control or non-efficient control.

Techtop has partnered with Invertek Drives out of the UK who has developed a dedicated pump control technology that pays for itself.

Improve operations and reduce costs Optidrive Eco can significantly reduce energy consumption, total system cost, simplify systems by eliminating complex control panels, and greatly improve process control and system reliability.

The system provides consistent, matched and pressurised water flow on demand by taking care of your equipment thanks to built-in protection including dry run protection, pump prime, burst pipe protection, load monitoring, blockage detection and pump alternation.

Optidrive Eco variable frequency drives offer solutions for a wide range of pumping applications and are ideal for standalone multi-pump booster systems which can be adapted to different requirements.

Optidrive Eco has a built-in Optiflow controller that is energy efficient, provides low harmonics, and is suitable for self-redundant multiple pump cascade controllers. This provides an ideal solution for water pressure booster systems widely used in all pumping applications.

Designed for durability and ease of use

Designed to be easy to use, with a user-friendly interface and simple to commission, Optidrive Eco exists in three different enclosure types: cabinet mounted IP20, wall mounted IP55 or IP66 outdoor rated. A few examples in proven water applications:

  • 36 per cent reduction in energy and reduced downtime on a high-powered water pump at a large water treatment plant
  • 30 per cent energy saving at a major multi-story shopping centre
  • Reduction in water and energy usage through the control of an irrigation system at an 18-hole golf course
  • Securing a constant and reliable water supply with energy and cost savings at a major hospital in the middle east
  • A constant and reliable water supply to a ten-storey apartment block controlling 4kW pumps

The product is rated to operate in ambient conditions from -10°C to +50°C and has optional Bluetooth connectivity; simply use your smartphone or PC to wirelessly commission or check your drive.

Optidrive Eco has a useful motor preheat function to help ensure moisture is not permitted to collect in the motor during periods of inactivity and prior to motor start up.

The Techtop story so far, founded by well-respected directors Rohan Pollard and Jeff Aird, entered a joint venture partnership in 2013 with Shanghai Top Motor company, the largest manufacturer of aluminum motors in China.

The combination of partnering with a leading global motor manufacturer and having Australia’s most experienced sales and engineering teams has seen the business grow to having warehouses and workshops in all states of Australia and a key partner in New Zealand.

This Sponsored Content is brought to you by Techtop Australia. If you require further information or advice, you can contact our office on our toll free number 1300 832 486 or

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