Medium voltage variable frequency drives (VFDs) are often the best choice to capitalize on opportunities to significantly reduce the operating and maintenance costs associated with relatively large rotating equipment. Even a seemingly modest energy savings of a few percent of the operating load can translate into significant energy savings. In this special report we take a look at how to make the most of VFDs: how optimum performance depends upon proper installation and control; how controlling the speed of VFDs can help eliminate waste and promote efficiency, reliability and quality and; considerations for changing drive speed over pumps. Download now.
"Analyze Your Way to Longer Lasting, Better Performing V-Belt Drives," describes factors affecting V-belt life, details how to recognize problems in V-belt drives and poses corrective actions that plant and maintenance managers can take for improved drive performance, longer belt life and energy cost savings.
Approximately one-third of the electric motors in the industrial and commercial sectors use belt drives. If the efficiency of these systems were improved by just 5%, plants would see tremendous energy savings. Such savings are not out of reach. Synchronous belt drives operate so efficiently that they enable savings across many industrial applications.
The ever present emphasis on technological efficiency is just one of several forces behind the pressure on companies to "go green" despite a trying economy. The ultimate criterion that determines whether a motor is truly green is energy efficiency. Technology, long the key to efficiency, can help resolve this issue.
State Based Control is a plant automation control design based on the principle that all process facilities operate in recognized, definable Process States that represent a
variety of normal and abnormal conditions of the process. State Based Control, implemented with the latest developments in object-based technologies, delivers
direct benefits to its adopters in a variety of Operational Excellence categories. It results in productivity increases, higher asset utilization of both people and process,
automated responses and recovery for abnormal conditions and provides an environment for knowledge capture directly into the control design.
Mechanical failure of motors, drives and other vital electromechanical equipment are among the most common reasons for production stoppages. Fortunately, recent advancements in vibration monitoring and data analysis have lead to condition monitoring systems that can accurately detect a problem before failure, thus reducing costly machine shutdowns and maximizing production output. These systems are installed on the monitored equipment and are typically networked back to a central computer for data analysis and alarm annunciation. Because the machines may be in remote locations where network infrastructure is not available, or on moving platforms where hardwired network connectivity is not practical, wireless communications is a networking alternative that offer installation cost savings, quicker deployment and even improved reliability in certain situations.
Jim Ralston, Wireless Sales Engineer, ProSoft Technology
The design and location of a dust collection systems hood, ducting, collector and fan can collectively add sufficient static pressure requirements to the point where larger, more expensive to operate motors are necessary to maintain effectiveness. Optimizing these areas can make it possible to use smaller, more energy efficient brake horsepower motors.
Proven methods for industry to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact are already at hand. These cost-effective solutions promise substantial return-on-investment now and in the future, without sacrificing performance or quality. For most companies and organizations, the answers to maintaining a competitive edge in this era of rising energy costs are readily available. By applying a suite of cost-effective power and automation solutions from technology leaders like ABB, these facilities can achieve substantial energy savings today without waiting for the "alternative fuels" of the future.