Savvy building operators are busy examining retrofit technologies that will reduce maintenance and save energy thru increased performance. The new Electronically Commutated “EC” motors will be a welcome addition to the list of popular conservation solutions.
Welcome back to the Spin Cycle. In the last couple of posts we’ve discussed motor control misconceptions and offered suggestions for common system problems we are challenged with from our motor control customers.
The most expensive solution is always a tough sell. The effort requires a well-informed customer who understands, appreciates, and can afford the value offered. In this case the value is higher performance, higher efficiency and longer life. If you have the budget, this technology should be on your wish list…
Ask any industrial business-owner today and they will tell you that gaining and achieving efficiency is the main impetus behind the majority of major business decisions – especially where capital equipment is concerned.
After years of increasing standards for motor efficiency across a relatively narrow range of motor styles and sizes, a critical point in diminishing returns has been reached. Recognizing this fact, rather than coming up with a very expensive incremental change, manufacturers and advocates agreed to broaden the scope of motors covered by the existing standards.
As the share of motors in non-industrial applications continues to soar, that growth will drive features and control strategies that will benefit industrial applications. Nothing drives innovation like volume and there is no volume like consumer applications. As the number of motors in cars and a wide variety of other products zooms, so too will innovative control hardware, software and strategies. Out of it will come a host of evolving designs, new features and certainly energy efficiency benefits which industrial applications will surely be able to utilize.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct 24, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — International Rectifier, a world leader in power management technology, today introduced the IRAM630-1562F Intelligent Power Module (IPM) featuring Power Factor Correction (PFC) and inverter stage.
Machine drives, which are primarily electric motors, pumps, and fans, account for about half of the manufacturing sector’s delivered electricity use and 8% of the sector’s total fuel consumption. Their wide use across many industries results in a substantial impact of electric motors efficiency on the demand placed on power grids.