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September 13, 2021

Although modern motor technologies offer significant potential energy savings to business owners, the majority of motors currently in use are outdated and inefficient. In fact, a recent survey of the US market found that over 60% of industrial motors are over a decade old. Here are four reasons why it’s worth updating to more modern motor systems such as magnet-assisted synchronous reluctance motors and variable speed drives.

Cut energy costs now

By implementing new technologies and industry best-practices, energy efficiency can be improved by up to 30%.

Globally, electric motors account for almost 70% of electricity used in industrial applications. And 45% of the world’s electricity is used to power electric motors in buildings and industrial processes, including data centers, steel factories, food processing plants, and packaging centers. Unfortunately, most of the electric motors installed in these facilities are outdated and inefficient. This means that most businesses which rely on motors could cut their energy costs now, simply by modernizing their motors systems.

By implementing new technologies and industry best-practices, energy efficiency can be improved by up to 30%.

Only pay for the energy you need

When added to an existing motor of a pump, fan or compressor, a variable speed drive can typically reduce power consumption by 25%.

About 70% of industrial motors are used to power fans, pumps and compressors. Most of these operate at partial load, with the motor running at full speed while the speed or flow of the application is controlled mechanically using brakes, throttles or valves. In contrast, using a variable speed drive to control motor speed and torque directly, prevents energy being wasted by mechanical speed or flow control. This means that the motor system will only use the amount of electricity that is actually needed, when it’s needed, and no more.

Ensure future compliance

Upgrading to the most efficient motor technology available will help ensure future compliance.

Regulations are in place to help drive industry to update the installed base, however, these regulations typically specify the minimum acceptable energy efficiency standards. In fact, the latest available motor technology is already significantly more efficient than regulations require. For example, in the US, NEMA actively supports adoption of Premium efficiency motors (equivalent to IE3) to improve efficiency throughout the market. However, ABB’s EC Titanium technology delivers ultra-premium efficiency (equivalent to IE5), which is considerably more efficient than the minimum requirements, and it delivers 40% lower losses than Premium efficiency motors.

Since energy efficiency regulations are likely to get tighter over the upcoming years, it makes sense to upgrade motors to more than the minimum standards in advance. This will enable easier compliance, as well as bringing clear energy and cost savings.

The conversation about energy efficiency is changing. New technologies enable us to save more energy than ever before, explains Jesse Henson, President of ABB’s NEMA Motor Division.

Benefit from overall life time savings

Upgrading technology now will pay back in savings for the rest of the application life cycle.

Although many older motors are still in good working order, they are built to meet older, outdated efficiency standards. This means that the whole system is running at a lower than optimum efficiency level, which will continue to add unnecessary costs throughout the lifetime of the application. As a result, it is well worthwhile updating a working motor to improve system efficiency before the end of its working life. The long-term savings far outweigh the initial costs and, in fact, the initial investment can often be paid back in as little as one to three years.

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When it comes to power transmission and motion control, SEW-EURODRIVE needs no formal introduction. Counted among the industry leaders in drive technology, SEW-EURODRIVE makes drive-based automation its business. SEW-EURODRIVE, founded in 1931, is a global company that specializes in gear motors, frequency inverters, drive systems, industrial gears, and control software. SEW-EURODRIVE products are distinguished by their modular components and customer-centric philosophy. Their modular components can be built in a multitude of configurations, durable gear housings, offer flexible mounting capabilities, and provide advanced electronics that ensure equipment continuously operates efficiently.

Drives & Control Solutions' sibling, Mechatronics Canada, had the opportunity to speak with Shane Carnegie, Electronics Product Manager at SEW-EURODRIVE Canada, to learn more about MOVI-C, a modular automation system that offers a full solution for automation tasks. MOVI-C has been continuously expanding its reach into the mechatronics space, offering an encompassing solution for machine builders and integrators. Below Shane walks us through some of MOVI-C’s unique features and real-world applications.

Can you explain what MOVI-C does?

MOVI-C is an all-in-one modular automation system. Building on the familiar SEW modular gear motors and previous generation inverters, we now have modular inverters, controllers and associated software which ties everything together. For example, you can have a gear box with an AC induction motor, a permanent magnet motor, or a servo motor based on your application requirements. Attached to that we can provide a motor controller which can be mounted in a panel or directly on or near the gear motor. The positioning or velocity control software can be pre-loaded into the motor controller at the factory and all that is required is to send the same standard process data words from your main PLC to the drive system to perform your desired motion. The software interface looks identical no matter what controller or underlying gear motor system is attached.

What are some of the major features that MOVI-C has to offer?

 

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The HPS Power Quality Lab allows customers to experience real time testing of line side HPS power quality products such as transformers, line reactorsactive harmonic filters and passive harmonic filters as well as load side products such as load reactors and different types of dV/dT filters with various cable lengths. The power quality products can run at full load using either 10HP, 25HP and 100HP VFD systems and associated motor/load. 

The HPS Power Quality Lab will be available for booking starting in October.

HPS Power Quality Lab FAQs

Where is the HPS PQ lab located?

The HPS PQ Lab is located at our Headquarters in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

What products can be tested in the HPS PQ lab?

The main products that can be tested are line/load reactors, passive harmonic filters, active harmonic filters and dV/dT filters.

How long is a typical session in the lab?

It is expected that a session will typically be completed within 1 hour depending on how many products, sizes and operating conditions are to be addressed.  

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