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This month our
Product Categories Focus:-
- Electro Hydraulic
- Marine Power and Lighting
- Mobile Power
- Emergency Power
- Alternative Power
- 1>3 Phase Converters for
- AC Frequency Converters
- AC Power Sources
Quite a diverse
group of categories Another
15 companies with excellent products.
MasTec has a
lot of experience with these technologies and products.
High Lite for
Phase Motor Starter and Drive unit.
We know we will
have extensive customers in the coming years who will need to
use this amazing NZ invented product.
The Fastec unit
is a single phase to three phase motor starter and motor driver
unit. Light weight, superbly energy efficient and quiet, plus
low installation costs + reasonable pricing.
The Fastec unit
does not draw a huge surge of current from the single phase supply
when the three phase motor starts, hence it can be called a softer
How useful is
this product. Well start counting the situations where this will
In fact email
your ideas. I have about 15 distinct tasks that I will list in
the next months newsletter on the FasTec usages.
The best entry
gets a free Lite Commercial 1000VA UPS.
Looking at the
Electro -Hydraulics is a growing field.
It use to be home spun solutions from clever engineers linking
electronics to proportional valves to put on special equipment.
Now it is CanBus driven technology, just like the auto, truck
and bus industry. There is still a lot of very special gear require
to make diggers, log cutters, bulldozers etc do what is required.
Our main focus with these products is the Logging Industry and
earth moving but now we are moving towards Farm machines that
is an area MasTec has been invloved in for many years, working
in the super yacht and very expensive fishing boats. Either Power
systems, control systems or lighting.
and Emergency Power
are similar as they use the same technologies. Mobile Power covers
marine, motor home, caravan, vans, trucks, campers all need 230
VAC to run appliances. Usually an inverter charger is installed
with a house battery pack to provide a few hours of low wattage
Emergency Power is in a slightly larger
scope. UPSs are emergency power systems. However if you want
to drive a whole buildings AC power requirements in emergecies
you will need something quite special. These are called Home
or Building UPSs, another term for a large special design inverter
charger with a large AC output ability and equally large charger
to bring the batteries back after discharge. These units are
often driven by Gensets when the emergency time becomes prolonged.
Power back up can be for Lights, IT systems, Telecoms, Entertainment,
Refrig, Air cons, making cups of tea and running the microwave
etc. All these can be large loads and they sometimes require
a truck load of batteies to provide the power.
Alternative Power is a good name as most
power comes from the ubiquitous AC mains services in countries.
If you want to get off this, often called getting off the grid,
there are several ways to make power. Diesel Gensets are very
low priced and cheap to run. However noisey and smelly. Everyone
seems to have gone solar and dropped wind and hydro systems as
to hard or needing a lot of service. Solar is it and very low
cost now. Our experience with Solar is quite extensive now and
it is very easy to install a system to run a house and office
for low dollars with good pay back times. Still not quite as
good as the Grid but still viable. You need Solar panels, Solar
chargers, Inveter charger adn a big battery bank, preferrably
SLAs not wet batteries as you will be filling them regularly
if wet. Some breakers, some cabling, some brackets, an earth
adn you are away. We recommend a qualified sparkie to do the
install to get it clear with council. You will need to get approvals
also with some designs.
What MasTec has
learnt from their customers sites may be of help to you. Here
are some examples for you.
Are you looking
at AC Power Frequency Converters for a project. From experience,
we know Soltec make exceedingly well engineered units. NZ's largest
aircraft company uses these extensively for testing their avionics.
That means they convert three phase 50Hz to three phase 400Hz.
Units can make 50>60, 50>400, 400>50, 400>60 and
60>50 Hz. They willl also make 230 to 115 phases if needed.
If you are building
Super Yachts ( or similar) do you need to regulate the AC Power
from the power systems large three phase Alternators. We know
from experience that Belotti's AC Servo Regulators work extremely
MasTec has a
Research site for Alternative Power Systems. It has been running
now for 8 years. From this systems o[peration we have learnt
a lot. Products not to use and some products that are very good.
Solar panels connected to EP Solar's MPPT chargers, produce a
lot of extra energy compared to other solar chargers we have
used. Therefore we recommend EP Solar to everyone with solar
on the same site, the main inverter charger failed ( 3000 watt
unit made in Switzerland ) and we replaced it with a 1500 watt
Asian Electron Inverter as a spare. The little 1500 watt unit
powered up a fridge and freezer at the site at the same time
( intital turn on ) and then power up a 600 watt water pump and
also started driving the sites other appliances, sometimes running
all appliances at the same time with loads well in excess of
1000watts average. The start surges would be large in this case.
This is near miraculous if you have ever had anything to do with
starting fridge compressors and water pumps at the same time
The same site
has a genset connected to an aux battery unit via an Asian Electron
charger. This charger takes nasty chinese genset AC power and
makes 28 amps @ 28.8 VDC and has done this for 6 years when ever
The same research
site also has a 1500 watt Quasi Inverter attached to one of the
4WD trucks on site for powering tools, Skill Saws, Drills, Side
Grinders etc. It has done this now for the last 10 years and
never blown a fuse, or not worked.
It is because
of this experience we recommend Asian Electron products just
Please do not
get fooled into buying low cost inverter and charger units that
won't perfom like these products do.
I gave as a present to my brother in Australia about 20 years
ago now, a TrippLite Lite Industrial grade1200 watt 12 VDC Inverter.
He put it in his boat ( 34 footer ) and every weekend ( almost
) him and his wife have anchored somewhere and made toast powered
off this inverter. The toaster is a 2000 watt toaster. Apparently,
the unit is all rusty from the salt air but it is still making
TrippLite because of this story and the other 5,000 UPSs that
are running in Oceania that are TrippLite. I have a heap of spare
parts for those UPSs, but I can't recall when I use any of them.
(years and years ago)
Moving on from
the stories to current news. MasTec was present at the latest
MobileTech 2015 Expo and presented a pptx on IOT. Would you like
of Things is based mainly on Wireless Endpoints sending data
back via connectivity routers, gateways etc to a Cloud system
that has a wide variety of SaaS Tools, Templates etc to Display
Data, Manage Alarms etc.
MasTec has the
largest USA player in this market sector, Digi, with IOT programless
solutions from End points to Gateways, to Routers, to Servers
and to the Cloud services. + Productivity Tools adn Smart Device
They even have
an IOT Development kit to ease the start up.
Digi has just
rebranded their IOT Cloud to Digi
If you are interested
in IOT please look at these links also, they will shake your
mind a little.
Manager and XBEE
ZigBee Cloud Kit