Motors, inverters and soft starters for theme park rides

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WEG motors, inverters and soft starters are providing safe and efficient operation of all types of equipment at Beto Carrero World, which is claimed to be the largest theme park in Latin America.

When considering electric motor usage, many people think about the industrial sector and nothing else. This is wrong, of course, because electric motors are used just about everywhere. For example, when people go to a theme park for entertainment, it is electric motors that provide the drive functions for the rides and attractions. This is the case at the Beto Carrero World (BCW) park, which is claimed to be the largest theme park in Latin America. Practically all of the equipment at the BCW uses WEG motors, inverters and soft starters for its motive power.

In addition to rides and attractions, WEG products are also used on water pumps, compressors and other ancillary equipment at the theme park - ably demonstrating the versatility of WEG's product range.

According to Hugo Loth Neto, the Operations Director at Beto Carrero World, one of the major challenges to WEG and the park's own technical team, was the development and assembly of the drive centre for the Big Wheel: "It has four motors, each one of 7.5HP. Another challenge was the development of the daring and highly original Water Empire project, with six motors of 150HP in the water pumps, a wet transformer of 1000kVA, and a dry one of 1500kVA. In addition, the latest attraction of the park, the Rollercoaster Firewhip, also relies upon WEG equipment: it has a static AC/DC converter of 130kW, 380 V, with a DC motor of 130kW."

Edilson Doubrawa, Financial Administrative Director at the BCW, comments: "One of the major advantages for our enterprise is a supplier of high-technology products which is right next door. This means that we do not have to import all of our drive and control equipment, along with all of our rides and attractions, from Europe.

"Another key advantage is service; with WEG right on our doorstep, their engineers are very quick at providing the necessary solutions and service required for our equipment."

04 November 2009

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