It's well known that motors are to blame for the bulk of a plant's electricity bills. But replacing power eating electric motors with energy saving motors is only the first step towards facility-wide energy efficiency. Complementary steps include installing soft starters to reduce peak loads, replacing mechanical actuators and controls with variable speed drives, and harnessing braking energy with regenerative feedback capability. These measures, which help constitute an integrated and matched product portfolio, are part of an energy strategy Siemens refers to as "Totally Integrated Automation."
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The SDT200 makes "the world of ultrasonic inspection" obtainable for every budget without compromise. Listen beyond the noise of your plant. Pinpoint compressed air leaks, quickly inspect steam traps, and re-lubricate motor bearings with confidence. Let the SDT200 chart a course for less energy waste and more efficient processes.
Reduce Heat Loss and Increase Energy Efficiency
ThermoWrap™ Removable Blankets reduce heat loss in areas that have been uneconomical to insulate with conventional insulation. Temperatures as high as 2000° F can be brought to acceptable safety levels for personnel protection.
ThermoWrap™ offers a convenient way to improve production efficiencies while lowering energy costs and increasing facility profitability.
Drying and Blow off Using 80% Less Energy
ITW Air Management
Industrial manufacturers doing product drying or blow off will reduce energy usage by 80% by installing a Paxton air system to replace compressed air; and by 50% when replacing a regen or other blower system. And energy savings are just one benefit: an industrial parts coating operation improved product quality; maintenance time was slashed by a commercial bakery; and a bottling facility eliminated rejects during labeling. View videos and read case studies at www.paxtonproducts.com.
A Closer Look at WAGES
Conventional thinking treats water, air, gas, electric and steam (WAGES) as undifferentiated overheat costs. This report proposes a change of perspective: managing WAGES as raw materials. Doing so requires a four-stage strategy: "awareness", "efficiency", "optimization," and "aggregation." Explained in detail, the four-part approach to energy management is also integral to Rockwell Automation's online energy evaluator.
Energy Monitoring Made Simple Opto 22
Controlling energy costs can significantly improve your bottom line. To reduce energy costs, you need detailed data about energy use. OptoEMU Sensor 3V and OptoEMU Sensor DR monitor the energy your facility uses in real-time, then instantly delivers that data over your existing wired or wireless Ethernet network. Learn more...
Improve Plant Energy Efficiency and Power Quality Mesta Electronics, Inc.
Extend the life of plant equipment. Avoid punitive utility fees. Mesta DPM™ (Digital Power Manager) a true Active Harmonic Filter dramatically reduces harmonic distortion caused by non-linear loads. A single DPM™ can correct for multiple plant loads, provide instantaneous harmonic correction, near unity power factor, and facilitate IEEE 519-1992 compliance.
3-Phase UPS Systems
Tripp Lite's 3-Phase UPS Systems provide on-line double conversion operation that continuously delivers pure sine wave output, isolating connected systems from power problems. A compact footprint saves valuable floor space for critical systems. And with up to 96% efficiency, you save on power and cooling costs. Learn more about Tripp Lite.
Motor Efficiency Requirements — Exceeded
Electric motors are the biggest global consumer of electricity, accounting for almost half the world's power consumption, according to a recent analysis done by the International Energy Agency. Thus, the reason for targeting electric motors in IEC 60034-30:2009, an international energy efficiency standard. While many manufacturers have developed products to comply with the new requirements, one firm set out to exceed them. The results can be seen in several products, including a line of so-called "super-premium efficiency" motors featuring a hybrid design, as well as a series of permanent magnet motors designed to deliver higher efficiencies than similarly sized induction motors.
The Cost of Motor Efficiency
When striving for motor efficiency, it pays to remember: 98% of total ownership cost is the expense of powering the motor over its lifetime. This piece explores purchasing decisions, examines the use electronic drives, and explains the shift to permanent magnet motors.
Save Big with Real-time Energy Management
The days of buying energy at a fixed cost in overhead, like rent or taxes, are drawing to a close. More and more, processing and manufacturing operations are modeling, measuring, and tracking energy usage in real-time — across the entire enterprise. How much money can tracking energy "as a direct cost of products" save? A year after it installed a Manufacturing, Integration, and Intelligence (MII) application, one company cut their energy costs by $120 million.
Cheap Insurance for Your Energy Savings
Variable frequency drives (VFD) allow you to match the motor to the load, reducing the amount of electricity you need to get the job done. However, these drives can generate high frequency voltages that can travel down the motor shaft and damage bearings. By using a current diverter ring, you can channel the voltage spikes away from bearings and other sensitive components and extend the life of the motor while saving electricity.
Forget Batteries; Vibrations Can Power Sensors
The development of smaller, more durable, and more energy-efficient circuits makes energy harvesting a viable method of powering sensors. This report from EE Times explores why vibration energy harvesting makes wireless sensor networks a strong candidate for real-time process monitoring and predictive maintenance.
Where VFDs Don't Save Energy
Because you can use variable frequency drives (VFDs) to control the speed or torque of an electric motor, the general consensus is that they will save a plant money in all cases. However, the basic operation of VFDs can lead to more heat and less efficiency from the motor. This piece from Plant Engineering says to maximize your energy savings by using VFDs when and where they make sense, and avoid using them where they don't.
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