Case Study - Ski Resort and Power Factor Correction
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Ski Resort Increases Productivity by Unloading Transformer - Macungie, PA

A Pennsylvania ski resort approached Myron Zucker, Inc. to apply power factor correction to snow-making equipment. Without capacitors, the ski resort would have to invest a large amount of money in a new power distribution system or larger transformers.
After reviewing the project and the equipment that could be treated, MZI determined that the best approach would be an at-the-load method, placing the capacitors as close to the motors as possible. The benefits of this method were two-fold:
  • Power factor correction
  • Reduction in line loses, as the conductors for the snow making guns are very long and waste a great deal of energy in heat losses
MZI mounted Traymount® capacitors inside the existing equipment enclosures. This allowed for simple installation, performed during the annual maintenance of the snow guns. A total of 120 individual capacitors were installed to add 785 kVAr of reactive power to the system.
The end result was very satisfactory for the end user. Benefits of Traymount® installation included:
  • Elimination of a power factor penalty from the utility provider, due to an increase in power factor from around 80% to a point where it never fell below 92%
  • An average of 4 Amp reduction per snow gun
  • Added reactive power from the capacitors increased transformer capacity, allowing for the addition of 20 more snow-making guns on the existing transformer

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MYRON ZUCKER INC. products are designed to:

  • Improve power factor
  • Eliminate utility penalties or surcharges
  • Increase available distribution capacity
  • Mitigate harmonic distortion
  • Protect sensitive equipment
  • Decrease downtime
  • Reduce line losses and associated cost
  • Comply with industry standards


Myron Zucker, Inc.
36825 Metro Court
Sterling Heights, MI 48312
Phone: 586.979.9955
Fax: 586.979.9484