Control Solutions is a UL custom panel builder and licensed electrical contractor located in Tampa, FL. Michael Vandergriff, President of Control Solutions, has been using Sprecher + Schuh for several years. Control Solutions purchases Sprecher + Schuh products through Advanced Technical Sales (ATS) in Pompano Beach. Rich Bird, inside sales, and Matt Haley, Jr, outside sales, have been servicing Control Solutions for a variety of projects. Robert Darby of Darby and Associates, a Sprecher + Schuh manufacturing representative, recently visited Control Solutions with ATS to discuss recent projects.
One customer of Control Solutions approached them to help solve a problem with an exhaust fan installation. The manufacturing facility, located in Missouri, has 17 rooftop exhaust fans. When there is a power outage, the plant switches over to generator power. However, all of the exhaust fans starting at once were too much for the generator’s capacity, so they asked Michael to help solve the problem.
At first, Michael looked at installing some automation equipment to stagger the start of the exhaust fans when transferring to generator control. Michael and the customer then explored the option of changing from across-the-line starters to softstarters. His customer liked the benefits of soft starting the fans under normal power. Softstarters also proved the best solution for limiting the inrush current when starting the rooftop exhaust fans when power transferred to the generator.