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Bespoke Stabilizer Made in Record Time for World Food Programme

The World Food Programme (WFP), the food-assistance branch of the United Nations and the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, once again chose Watford Control to help them manage their power quality around the world.

Unfortunately, due to a fire at one of the WFP’s administrative centres, the power supplies were damaged and they urgently required a specialised replacement stabilizer.

Without a stabilizer, the intermittent power supplies make the functioning of electrical equipment in Ethiopia almost impossible and due to the very wide voltage fluctuations, which take place in Africa, stabilizers with correction ranges of ±30% are the norm.

As such, the WFP required a reliable, high-quality, bespoke product, however, they needed it making in record time to allow them to continue to support their mission of eradicating hunger and malnutrition.

Watford Control were able to create the bespoke three-phase stabilizer, rated at 160kVA with an input correction range of ±30% required, from scratch in our factory in Northamptonshire, UK in a record nine days’ time.

Scott Clinton, Customer and Technical Services Director for Watford Control, comments:

“We take pride in the build of all of our products and being able to support such a worthwhile cause as the World Food Programme is a great motivator.

“There’s a lot that goes into the manufacture of a stabilizer and generally a large three-phase unit take around 5 – 6 weeks. The unit that we shipped out to the World Food Programme was around 900kg, so to ensure we could build it quickly enough, a number of staff worked around the clock to help ensure that the product could be built ahead of schedule without impacting on the build of products for other customers thus allowing us to dispatch the product in record time”.

Since 2018, Watford Control have supplied 52 units to the WFP and are now expanding their work with the organisation into other geographic areas including Bangladesh. The voltage stabilizers that Watford Control have supplied have ranged from small 5kVA units up to large 320kVA units and all have been manufactured with wide input ranges including -44% to +16% to cope with the extreme low mains voltage supply issues that the organisation encounters.

Find out more about Watford Control’s range of voltage stabilizers which are fully customisable to customers’ unique requirements.

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