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Ve r s a t i l e Pump

Control System

Flexible control

packages for

s u c k e r- r o d

artificial lifts
Versatile Pump ControlSystem


Versatile Easy Upgrade

The VPC Versatile Pump Control The VPC system grows with your
system is a family of packaged rod- requirements. Begin with a traditional
pump controller solutions for sucker- pump-off controller if you wish,
rod pumping (SRP) applications. then upgrade to gain the advantages
From simple stand-alone start/stop of Unicos industry-leading SRP
control to the ultimate in variable- control. All four VPC versions share
speed well optimization, the VPC a common footprint, making it easy
system lets you choose the appropriate to convert from one controller type
level of sophistication on a well-by- to another by simply swapping panels.
well basis. The system is ideal for A common digital-signal-processor-
large fields of wells of varying based (DSP) control board and
maturity and requirements. control software minimizes spare part

requirements and operator training.

The VPC system is a family of packaged

Each VPC unit can be configured Works with Any SRP
for one of four controller types: The VPC system works with any
rod-pump controllers offering a range of conventional, air-balanced, beam-
Stand Alone
solutions in a single footprint. VPC balanced, phased-crank, Mark II,
Provides simple pump-off control
Reverse Mark, and Rotaflex artificial
for use with a separate motor control
units are available in four versions lifts. It also works with Unicos
innovative LRP linear rod pumps
Stand alone
Motor Starter and CRP crank rod pumps when a
Motor starter Adds an incoming circuit breaker compact, unobtrusive mechanical
and a motor-starter contactor for a solution is desired. The VPC system
Soft start single-box solution. operates new or existing pumping
Variable speed unit motors up to 50 hp.
Soft Start
Uses a solid-state motor starter to
extend equipment life by eliminating
torque oscillations and current surges
on starting.

Variable Speed
Uses a variable-speed drive (VSD)
and patented SRP control software
to continuously optimizes production
While not part of the modular
VPC family, the RPC Rod
while protecting the pumping system.
Pump Controller offers the
same features as the Stand-
Alone VPC controller in an
economical package
Versatile control for sucker-rod artificial lift systems

Stand Alone Motor Starter Soft Start Variable Speed

VPC units feature four

configurable input/outputs as
standard and up to 18 using
the optional I/O expansion
module. Plug-in converters
accommodate a wide variety
of AC and DC voltages and
relay contact outputs.

sensors optional

load cell inclinometer

Robust Monitoring and

used to reduce starting currents on
Units are designed to withstand the larger motors. Unico VSDs eliminate
harsh environments of the oil patch. inrush currents and provide near- All four VPC options
unity input power factor with provide extensive monitoring
relatively low harmonic distortion. and reporting capabilities,
VPC components are protected

including real-time surface
inside a compact, weatherproof

SRP Control
and downhole dynamometer
NEMA 4 (IP66) enclosure and
plotting, gearbox torque
are designed to operate in harsh
Unicos patented SRP control is loading, daily gauging, and
temperature extremes.
the most advanced in the industry. more. Wireless, radio, and
Electrical Disturbances The result of ten years of cumulative cellular options allow moni-
VPC units tolerate the worst of development, the SRP software toring at any distance. Unicos
electrical environments. They ride offers an extensive set of features for Web-based GMC Enterprise
through line fluctuations, high-voltage maximizing well production, mini- Monitoring and Control system
transients, and other power distur- mizing downtime, preventing provides an efficient, cost-effective
bances that would normally cause equipment damage, reducing wear, tool for staying on top of daily
costly downtime. and optimizing energy utilization. operations. Users can monitor
comprehensive real-time and
Electrical Demand
historical data for multiple fields
Small pumping units can often be
simultaneously from virtually Well information is readily
operated using conventional motor accessible on site or at
anywhere in the world. Units also a distance
starters. Solid-state starters can be
interface to Theta and Case
remote monitoring systems.

Versatile Pump Control System
Versatile Pump Control System
VPC Feature Comparison
Type Stand Motor Soft Variable Type Stand Motor Soft Variable
Alone Starter Start Speed Alone Starter Start Speed

Hardware Protection
Input Supply Motor
24 V DC or 115/230 V AC l Motor current limiter l l
230/460 VAC l l l Motor torque limiter l l
Extended operating voltage range l l l Motor thermal limiter l l l
Optional single-phase operation l Gearbox
Environmental Gearbox torque limiter l
Weatherproof design l l l l Oil, belt, and gearbox service reminders l l l l
Extended operating temperature range l l l l Stuffing Box
External heat dissipation l l Gas interference limiter l
Other Tubing
Low harmonic distortion l l l l Rod minimum load limiter l
High power factor l Rod
Mass memory option l l l l Bridle separation limiter l
Graphic display/keypad l l l l Rod maximum load limiter l
Integral dynamic braking control l Rod minimum load limiter l
Pump fill controller l
Interface Rod damping controller l
Three analog inputs l l l l Displays
Two analog outputs l l l l Motor
Twelve logic inputs l l l l Motor voltage l l l
Six logic outputs l l l l Motor current l l l
Optional eight analog inputs l l l l Motor speed l l l
Optional four analog outputs l l l l Motor torque l l l
Serial Communications Mechanical
Wired local and remote serial ports l l l l Gearbox torque l l l l
Standard Modbus RTU l l l l Counterbalance l l l l
Optional Modbus Plus, ControlNet, Crank speed l l l
Profibus, and Ethernet l l l l Crank angle l l l
Bluetooth interface option l l l l Belt slip l l l
MaxStream wireless radio link option l l l l Bridle separation l
Sensors Rod
Transducerless control l l l Rod velocity l l l l
Rod load cell option Required l l l Rod position l l l l
Beam position inclinometer option Required l l l Rod load l l l l
Crank reference switch option l l l Pump
Tubing pressure sensor option l l l l Pump velocity l l l l
Casing pressure sensor option l l l l Pump position l l l l
Pump load l l l l
Control Suctionpressure l l l l
General Discharge pressure l l l l
Supports all SRP pump types l l l l Pump fill l l l l
Embedded mathematical modeling l l l l Pump stroke l l l l
Pumping system simulator l l l l Inferred fluid production daily gauge l l l l
Integral IEC 1131 programmable logic l l l l Leakage loss daily gauge l l l l
Speed References Average pump fill daily gauge l l l l
Analog potentiometers l Average pump speed daily gauge l l l l
Keypad/display presets l Well
Serial communications l Tubing pressure l l l l
Optimization controllers l Casing pressure l l l l
Speed Control Fluid level l l l l
Rotaflex racetrack cornering speed control l Fluid flow l l l l
Extended motor speed control l Power
Speed profile control l Power meter l l l
Selectable up/downstroke speeds l Input power l l l
Torque Control Output power l l l
Starting torque manager l Regenerative power l l l
Gearbox torque economizer l Motor power l l l
Pump FillControl Rod power l l l
Pump-off control l l l l Lift power l l l
Pump fill optimizer l System efficiency l l l
Gas interference limiter l Energy consumption daily gauge l l l
Pump production optimizer l Graphical
Pump dwell speed control l Surface/downhole dynamometer graphs l l l l
Timer controller l l l l Predicted dynamometer graphs l l l l
Automatic restart capability l l l l Gearbox torque plot l l l l
Cold start control l Crank velocity plot l l l
Fluid pound eliminator l Rod velocity plot l l l l
PowerControl Pump velocity plot l l l l
Maximum power limiter l Valve check plot l
Regenerative power limiter l
Power demand economizer l Data Collection/Reporting
Power flow optimizer l Well production/performance report l l l l
Utility rate saver l l l l Time-stamped event and fault logging l l l l
Automatic Identification Time-stamped user-definable data sampler l l l l
Adaptive pump fill trigger level l l l l Actual/as-balanced torque graphs l l l l
Automatic counterbalance check l l l l IPRcurve graph l l l l
Automatic pumping system identification l l l Web-based enterprise monitoring/control l l l l
Automatic downhole pump valve check l Head-end software interface (Case, Theta) l l l l


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