Variable speed
controller for pumps

VASCO is a purpose-built family of variable frequency drives, designed to control and protect pumping systems based on changing pump speed

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Variable speed
controller for pumps

VASCO is a purpose-built family
of variable frequency drives,
designed to control and protect
pumping systems based
on changing pump speed

Read more

Installing VASCO

is simple and intuitive

VASCO can be installed directly on the motor or
directly to the wall with a supplied installation kit

Read more

Installing VASCO

is simple and intuitive

VASCO can be installed
directly on the motor or
directly to the wall with
a supplied installation kit

Read more

Software
is the result of a
long-time experience

Read more

Software
is the result of a
long-time experience

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Booster sets

Control modes

Submersible pumps

Booster sets

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Control modes

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Submersible pumps

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Constant
differential pressure

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Constant
differential pressure

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Unmatched
user experience

Thanks to Nastec NOW App
it is possible to communicate with all
Nastec SMART Bluetooth® devices

Read more

Variable speed controller for pumps

VASCO is a purpose-built family of variable frequency drives, designed to control and protect pumping systems based on changing pump speed.

From water supply for domestic, irrigation, commercial and industrial applications, to heating and air conditioning, from filtering to pressure washing, the VASCO range perfectly fits any new or existing application ensuring:

  • energy and cost saving
  • simplified installation
  • longevity of pumping system
  • greater reliability

VASCO units are extremely compact and, connected to any pump on the market, will manage the operation of the pump to maintain a constant desired physical dimension (such as pressure, flow, temperature or other). The pumping system runs only at the speed necessary to meet the user’s requirements, ensuring energy savings and extending the life of the system. VASCO also provides motor protection and monitoring, such as:

  • protection against overload and dry running
  • indication of input current and supply voltage
  • integrated soft start and soft stop functions, extending the life of the system and reducing peak absorption
  • recording running hours and loggings errors and alarms reported by the system
  • VASCO can control a second or third pump at constant speed DOL (DOL: Direct On Line)
  • connect to other VASCOs to get combined operation

The compact body is constructed entirely of aluminium, making VASCO extremely solid, lightweight and easily cooled, adding to the unit’s versatility.

The IP55 degree of protection makes it possible to install VASCO virtually anywhere, including humid and dusty environments. The illuminated liquid crystal display ensures VASCO is easy to operate, and a buzzer provides an immediate indication of alarm.

Variable speed controller for pumps

VASCO is a purpose-built family of variable frequency drives, designed to control and protect pumping systems based on changing pump speed.

From water supply for domestic, irrigation, commercial and industrial applications, to heating and air conditioning, from filtering to pressure washing, the VASCO range perfectly fits any new or existing application ensuring:

  • energy and cost saving
  • simplified installation
  • longevity of pumping system
  • greater reliability

VASCO units are extremely compact and, connected to any pump on the market, will manage the operation of the pump to maintain a constant desired physical dimension (such as pressure, flow, temperature or other). The pumping system runs only at the speed necessary to meet the user’s requirements, ensuring energy savings and extending the life of the system. VASCO also provides motor protection and monitoring, such as:

  • protection against overload and dry running
  • indication of input current and supply voltage
  • integrated soft start and soft stop functions, extending the life of the system and reducing peak absorption
  • recording running hours and loggings errors and alarms reported by the system
  • VASCO can control a second or third pump at constant speed DOL (DOL: Direct On Line)
  • connect to other VASCOs to get combined operation

The compact body is constructed entirely of aluminium, making VASCO extremely solid, lightweight and easily cooled, adding to the unit’s versatility.

The IP55 degree of protection makes it possible to install VASCO virtually anywhere, including humid and dusty environments. The illuminated liquid crystal display ensures VASCO is easy to operate, and a buzzer provides an immediate indication of alarm.

Installing VASCO is simple and intuitive, requiring just a few quick steps

  • Connect VASCO to the power supply.
  • Connect VASCO to the pump.
  • Connect VASCO to the sensor, located wherever in the piping you want to maintain the desired constant physical dimension (pressure, flow, liquid temperature, etc.)
  • Set VASCO to configure the pump to the system and the desired performance.

When first powering the VASCO, a quick initial wizard is required for complete configuration of the drive. Additional parameters can be configured later by entering three different setting levels:

  • End user level. The only level which can be accessed without a password. It allows the user to monitor electrical and hydraulic parameters and the status of the VASCO and pump.
  • Installer level. In this level the installer can configure the VASCO pump system to the characteristics of the hydraulic system. A password is required.
  • Advanced level. This level allows the electrical configuration of VASCO according to the pump. Another password is required.

VASCO can be installed directly on the motor with a supplied installation kit.

Motor kit

VASCO is cooled by the motor cooling fan. Motor kit consists of 4 special clamps (or flange adapter) to secure the VASCO to the motor fan cover (or motor feet).

VASCO can be installed directly to the wall with a supplied installation kit.

Wall kit

VASCO is cooled by an external cooling fan attached to the inverter radiator. A special metal bracket is supplied for VASCO to be mounted on the wall.

Installing VASCO is simple and intuitive, requiring just a few quick steps

  • Connect VASCO to the power supply.
  • Connect VASCO to the pump.
  • Connect VASCO to the sensor, located wherever in the piping you want to maintain the desired constant physical dimension (pressure, flow, liquid temperature, etc.)
  • Set VASCO to configure the pump to the system and the desired performance.

When first powering the VASCO, a quick initial wizard is required for complete configuration of the drive. Additional parameters can be configured later by entering three different setting levels:

  • End user level. The only level which can be accessed without a password. It allows the user to monitor electrical and hydraulic parameters and the status of the VASCO and pump.
  • Installer level. In this level the installer can configure the VASCO pump system to the characteristics of the hydraulic system. A password is required.
  • Advanced level. This level allows the electrical configuration of VASCO according to the pump. Another password is required.

VASCO can be installed directly on the motor with a supplied installation kit.

Motor kit

VASCO is cooled by the motor cooling fan. Motor kit consists of 4 special clamps (or flange adapter) to secure the VASCO to the motor fan cover (or motor feet).

VASCO can be installed directly to the wall with a supplied installation kit.

Wall kit

VASCO is cooled by an external cooling fan attached to the inverter radiator. A special metal bracket is supplied for VASCO to be mounted on the wall.

Software implemented in each drive of VASCO range is the result of a long-time experience in solving customer requests and constantly following new drive applications.

Minimum motor frequency.

This parameter prevents motor operation below a certain frequency, thus avoiding damage to the thrust bearing of the submersible motors.

Minimum motor frequency ramp.

Motor can accelerate from 0 to the minimum motor frequency following a very fast ramp and then go through a slower ramp.

Intelligent stop of pump at no flow condition.

Below minimum control frequency, VASCO gradually reduces the pump speed while monitoring the pressure transduc-er signal. If this value is maintained close to the set pressure, VASCO will reduce furthermore the output frequency till stopping definitely the pump.

Maximum and minimum alarm pressure.

When the pressure rises above a certain settable pressure value, VASCO will stop the pump to prevent damage to the hydraulic components in the system. Similarly, if the pressure drops below a certain pressure an alarm is triggered and the pump is stopped.

Loss compensation proportional to the water flow.

If the pressure sensor is placed near the pump, with the increase in flow the pressure value at the furthest outlet is lower than the set pressure. It is possible to vary the set pressure in proportion to the frequency to compensate pressure loss in the pipes.

Dry running alarm via cosphi value.

If the pump runs dry, its cosphi value drops below a settable cosphi value, and VASCO stops the pump after 3 seconds. VASCO will try to make 5 attempts every 10, 20, 40, 80 and 160 minutes, after which it will trigger an alarm and stop the pump if the condition persists.

V/f programmable curve.

VASCO offers two different methods of torque control (voltage) versus pump speed (frequency):

  • constant torque (linear V/f)
  • quadratic variable torque (squared V/f)

For centrifugal pumps, energy savings can be obtained by selecting squared V/f control.

Settable carrier frequency between 2.5, 4, 6, 8, 10 kHz

If VASCO controls a submersible pump with long cables, it is possible to decrease the carrier frequency value to ensure longer motor life.

Software implemented in each drive of VASCO range is the result of a long-time experience in solving customer requests and constantly following new drive applications.

Minimum motor frequency.

This parameter prevents motor operation below a certain frequency, thus avoiding damage to the thrust bearing of the submersible motors.

Minimum motor frequency ramp.

Motor can accelerate from 0 to the minimum motor frequency following a very fast ramp and then go through a slower ramp.

Intelligent stop of pump at no flow condition.

Below minimum control frequency, VASCO gradually reduces the pump speed while monitoring the pressure transduc-er signal. If this value is maintained close to the set pressure, VASCO will reduce furthermore the output frequency till stopping definitely the pump.

Maximum and minimum alarm pressure.

When the pressure rises above a certain settable pressure value, VASCO will stop the pump to prevent damage to the hydraulic components in the system. Similarly, if the pressure drops below a certain pressure an alarm is triggered and the pump is stopped.

Loss compensation proportional to the water flow.

If the pressure sensor is placed near the pump, with the increase in flow the pressure value at the furthest outlet is lower than the set pressure. It is possible to vary the set pressure in proportion to the frequency to compensate pressure loss in the pipes.

Dry running alarm via cosphi value.

If the pump runs dry, its cosphi value drops below a settable cosphi value, and VASCO stops the pump after 3 seconds. VASCO will try to make 5 attempts every 10, 20, 40, 80 and 160 minutes, after which it will trigger an alarm and stop the pump if the condition persists.

V/f programmable curve.

VASCO offers two different methods of torque control (voltage) versus pump speed (frequency):

  • constant torque (linear V/f)
  • quadratic variable torque (squared V/f)

For centrifugal pumps, energy savings can be obtained by selecting squared V/f control.

Settable carrier frequency between 2.5, 4, 6, 8, 10 kHz

If VASCO controls a submersible pump with long cables, it is possible to decrease the carrier frequency value to ensure longer motor life.

Booster sets.

With VASCO inverters is possible to realise booster sets with one or more pumps (up to 8) to be controlled at constant pressure.

VASCO can be mounted directly on the motor fan cover with a specific kit. The extreme strength of the connection allows VASCO installation even on horizontal pumps.

Screen display can be easily rotated to optimise the parameter view.

Motor mounting – besides the compactness and the saving of additional control panels and wiring – guarantees very good cooling of the inverter and low electromagnetic emissions due to the reduced length of the motor cable.

IP55 protection allows installation in humid and dusty environments.

If VASCO cannot be installed on the motor fan cover, it is possible to secure the VASCO to the wall with an optional kit composed by a cooling fan fed by the VASCO itself and a metal wall bracket.

IP 55 protection does not require including the VASCO drive in any additional control box so VASCO can be installed very near the pump.

COMBO mode control allows to switch the starting of pumps based on real working time and, in case of failure, the remaining pumps continue operation to always guarantee service.

Once the damaged unit is replaced, COMBO will preferably move the operation to the new pumps to equalise the running time.

1 VASCO + 1 or 2 DOL pumps.

A first way of splitting consists of installing one pump driven by the VASCO and 1 or 2 DOL pumps directly connected to the main power (Direct On Line); VASCO switches on/off the 1 or 2 DOL pumps through contactors.

VASCO alter-nates the two DOL pumps to average pump wearing.

From 1 to 8 VASCO in COMBO connection.

A second way of splitting (named COMBO) consists of using several pumps in parallel (up to 8) each one driven by a VASCO unit.

In this way, efficiency and the reliability of the pump group is maximized.

Each VASCO controls and protects its pump and the operation is shared among all the connected pumps to average pump wearing; in case of failure the remaining pumps will maintain the pumping operation.

From 1 to 8 connection + 1 or 2 DOL pumps.

Additionally it is possible to equip the system with pumps connected in COMBO mode plus 1 or 2 DOL pumps to satis-fy additional water demand.

Control modes

In addition to constant pressure control, VASCO allows other control modes such as fixed frequency, constant flow, constant temperature.

Constant pressure.

VASCO controls the pump speed to maintain constant pressure at a set point independent of the water demand in the system.

In a hydraulic system equipped with VASCO, the standard pressure tank is replaced by a smaller tank which functions to maintain the set pressure in the system when the pump is stopped.

Constant pressure 2 values.

By selecting the constant pressure 2 values control mode, in irrigation systems, only one pump can serve two zones with different pressure sets. It is possible to switch the two values by acting on a digit input contact.

Fixed frequency 2 values.

If it is not necessary to operate at constant pressure but is required to select 2 different pump speeds, by selecting fixed frequency 2 values control mode it is possible to switch the 2 values by acting on a digit input contact.

Constant temperature.

The control method at constant temperature is used to maintain the temperature of the pumped fluid to vary the thermal load. This control system is used in air conditioning or refrigeration and cooling towers. In this latter case, for example, the temperature measured by a sensor in the return water is kept constant.

External frequency.

In some application, it is chosen to change the frequency of the pump by using an external signal coming from a trimmer or a PLC. In this case, after selecting the External Frequency control mode, it is enough to connect an input signal 4-20 mA or 0-10V, proportional to the desired frequency, to the AN4 analogue contact.

Constant flow.

By selecting the constant flow control mode and using a flow transducer, it is possible to control the flow of the pumped liquid to vary the system condition.

This control mode is used, for example, in a system for filtering the pumped fluid in which the obstruction of the filter would lead to a progressive reduction of the flow rate if it is not compensated by an increasing of the pump speed.

Submersible pumps

Submersible pumps of various powers can be managed by VASCO.

It is suggested to set the carrier frequency (PWM parameter) to 2.5 kHz and sometimes it is necessary to install a filter between pump and inverter to:

  • reduce the spikes on the motor coils caused by voltage reflection (dv/dt filters)
  • avoid electromagnetic noise in the surrounding environment (sinusoidal filters).

It is recommended to keep the motor cable separate from other cables, maintaining a certain distance. Nastec can provide filters and shielded cables for proper pump installation.

Booster sets.

With VASCO inverters is possible to realise booster sets with one or more pumps (up to 8) to be controlled at constant pressure.

VASCO can be mounted directly on the motor fan cover with a specific kit. The extreme strength of the connection allows VASCO installation even on horizontal pumps.

Screen display can be easily rotated to optimise the parameter view.

Motor mounting – besides the compactness and the saving of additional control panels and wiring – guarantees very good cooling of the inverter and low electromagnetic emissions due to the reduced length of the motor cable.

IP55 protection allows installation in humid and dusty environments.

If VASCO cannot be installed on the motor fan cover, it is possible to secure the VASCO to the wall with an optional kit composed by a cooling fan fed by the VASCO itself and a metal wall bracket.

IP 55 protection does not require including the VASCO drive in any additional control box so VASCO can be installed very near the pump.

COMBO mode control allows to switch the starting of pumps based on real working time and, in case of failure, the remaining pumps continue operation to always guarantee service.

Once the damaged unit is replaced, COMBO will preferably move the operation to the new pumps to equalise the running time.

1 VASCO + 1 or 2 DOL pumps.

A first way of splitting consists of installing one pump driven by the VASCO and 1 or 2 DOL pumps directly connected to the main power (Direct On Line); VASCO switches on/off the 1 or 2 DOL pumps through contactors.

VASCO alter-nates the two DOL pumps to average pump wearing.

From 1 to 8 VASCO in COMBO connection.

A second way of splitting (named COMBO) consists of using several pumps in parallel (up to 8) each one driven by a VASCO unit.

In this way, efficiency and the reliability of the pump group is maximized.

Each VASCO controls and protects its pump and the operation is shared among all the connected pumps to average pump wearing; in case of failure the remaining pumps will maintain the pumping operation.

From 1 to 8 connection + 1 or 2 DOL pumps.

Additionally it is possible to equip the system with pumps connected in COMBO mode plus 1 or 2 DOL pumps to satis-fy additional water demand.

Control modes

In addition to constant pressure control, VASCO allows other control modes such as fixed frequency, constant flow, constant temperature.

Constant pressure.

VASCO controls the pump speed to maintain constant pressure at a set point independent of the water demand in the system.

In a hydraulic system equipped with VASCO, the standard pressure tank is replaced by a smaller tank which functions to maintain the set pressure in the system when the pump is stopped.

Constant pressure 2 values.

By selecting the constant pressure 2 values control mode, in irrigation systems, only one pump can serve two zones with different pressure sets. It is possible to switch the two values by acting on a digit input contact.

Fixed frequency 2 values.

If it is not necessary to operate at constant pressure but is required to select 2 different pump speeds, by selecting fixed frequency 2 values control mode it is possible to switch the 2 values by acting on a digit input contact.

Constant temperature.

The control method at constant temperature is used to maintain the temperature of the pumped fluid to vary the thermal load. This control system is used in air conditioning or refrigeration and cooling towers. In this latter case, for example, the temperature measured by a sensor in the return water is kept constant.

External frequency.

In some application, it is chosen to change the frequency of the pump by using an external signal coming from a trimmer or a PLC. In this case, after selecting the External Frequency control mode, it is enough to connect an input signal 4-20 mA or 0-10V, proportional to the desired frequency, to the AN4 analogue contact.

Constant flow.

By selecting the constant flow control mode and using a flow transducer, it is possible to control the flow of the pumped liquid to vary the system condition.

This control mode is used, for example, in a system for filtering the pumped fluid in which the obstruction of the filter would lead to a progressive reduction of the flow rate if it is not compensated by an increasing of the pump speed.

Submersible pumps

Submersible pumps of various powers can be managed by VASCO.

It is suggested to set the carrier frequency (PWM parameter) to 2.5 kHz and sometimes it is necessary to install a filter between pump and inverter to:

  • reduce the spikes on the motor coils caused by voltage reflection (dv/dt filters)
  • avoid electromagnetic noise in the surrounding environment (sinusoidal filters).

It is recommended to keep the motor cable separate from other cables, maintaining a certain distance. Nastec can provide filters and shielded cables for proper pump installation.

VASCO, in addition to other control modes, performs the operation at constant differential pressure by using a differential pressure sensor or using 2 pressure sensors installed in the suction and delivery sides of the pump.

Difference value is calculated by the VASCO itself from the two values read.

This solution enables significant cost savings as well as providing protection against cavitation (by setting a minimum alarm pressure on the suction side) and against overpressure (by setting a maximum pressure alarm on the delivery side).

Constant differential pressure control can be extended to operation in a group, i.e. twin pump application.

COMBO system ensures alternation of the pumps during operation to average the pumps’ wear and easily plan maintenance operations.

In systems characterized by high drops in pressure, VASCO performs the proportional differential pressure control to maximise energy saving.

VASCO, in addition to other control modes, performs the operation at constant differential pressure by using a differential pressure sensor or using 2 pressure sensors installed in the suction and delivery sides of the pump.

Difference value is calculated by the VASCO itself from the two values read.

This solution enables significant cost savings as well as providing protection against cavitation (by setting a minimum alarm pressure on the suction side) and against overpressure (by setting a maximum pressure alarm on the delivery side).

Constant differential pressure control can be extended to operation in a group, i.e. twin pump application.

COMBO system ensures alternation of the pumps during operation to average the pumps’ wear and easily plan maintenance operations.

In systems characterized by high drops in pressure, VASCO performs the proportional differential pressure control to maximise energy saving.

Unmatched user experience

Thanks to Nastec NOW app it is possible to communicate with all Nastec SMART Bluetooth® devices in order to:

  • Monitor multiple operating parameters simultaneously on the wide, high definition, coloured screen of your smartphone or tablet.
  • Get energy consumption statistics and check the alarm log.
  • Develop programs, save them in the archive, copy them to other devices and share them among multiple users.
  • Create reports with the possibility of adding notes and images, and email or store them in the digital archive.
  • Remotely control a Nastec device via Wi-Fi or GSM by tethering to a nearby smartphone.
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