Edison, N.J. – Fuji Electric Corp. of America has announced their role as a critical equipment provider in the recent unveiling of the world’s first accelerated bridge-testing facility. The Bridge Evaluation and Accelerated Structural Testing (BEAST) lab, located at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ will provide valuable data and insight into the degradation of bridges due to environmental and maintenance factors in a matter of weeks or months instead of years or decades. The electronics manufacturer’s VG Drive plays an integral role in the facility, powering the winch that propels the truck chassis over the bridge deck.
“Fuji Electric is honored to be a part of this revolutionary project and we are proud that our products were selected for their durability and reliability,” said Philip Charatz, President and CEO of Fuji Electric Corp. of America. “The VG Drive is capable of operating 24/7 without fail, and will allow for uninterrupted research as these critical experiments are conducted.”
Fuji Electric’s 460V three-phase 132KW VG Drive is a high performance, low voltage systems drive designed with advanced technology, typically used in sophisticated applications requiring high performance and low maintenance. The driving force of the BEAST’s carriage is a winch built by Foley Material Handling, Inc. Including a 400 HP Continuous Duty Motor, the drive train accelerates the test carriage from 0-20mph in a distance of 20ft. The carriage then travels 60 feet at constant velocity before decelerating to zero speed in 20ft and reversing direction.
“We have been relying on Fuji Electric Drives in critical applications for years, so the decision to use their product for the BEAST was an easy one,” said Brad Herron, Electrical Department Manager of Foley Material Handling Co. “The continuous operation of this facility demands robust, rugged equipment that can withstand the stress of 24/7 experiments, and Fuji Electric delivers on that requirement.”
About Fuji Electric Corp. of America
Fuji Electric Corp. of America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., and has been responsible for sales and distribution of the company’s products since 1970. Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. began developing power electronics equipment in 1923, and is a global leader in industrial products ranging from semiconductors, HMIs, power supply, and power generation equipment to AC drives and electric vehicle charging stations. For more information please visit www.americas.fujielectric.com or follow us on Twitter @FujiElectricFEA.
About Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT)
CAIT is one of five National University Transportation Centers, an elite group of academic research institutions that are sanctioned and supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
About Foley Material Handling Co.
Established in 1975, Foley Material Handling is an employee owned company located in Ashland, Virginia, and provides overhead cranes, hoists, rail yard transfer equipment, control systems and specialty equipment to a variety of industries including steel manufacturing and warehousing, paper mills, ship building, railway manufacturing and service centers, aerospace, and general manufacturing facilities.