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The Benefits of Running a Motor Slower for Longer

In an age where energy efficiency and cost reduction are paramount, businesses are increasingly seeking innovative ways to curtail energy consumption. A significant yet often overlooked strategy is the adoption of variable speed drives (VSDs) in motor operations. This article delves into the benefits of running a motor slower for longer, with the help of Variable Speed Drives. Reduced Energy Consumption Operating motors at slower speeds for longer periods is a straightforward yet effective method…

ABB Synchronous Reluctance (SynRM) Motors – The efficient choice.

In this article, George Dodwell from ABB tells us about the benefits of the ABB SynRM Motor. So, in the world of efficiency, why wouldn’t you want the most efficient motor in its class? Running cooler with less audible noise and a higher class of energy efficiency why wouldn’t you use SynRM? SynRm motors have revolutionised the market with class leading IE5 technology, The IE5 motor differs from the norm as the rotor contains no…

Data Center Cooling

Taking uptime, sustainability and energy efficiency to a new level. Improving data center performance through efficient energy use, increased reliability and advanced maintenance. The world depends increasingly on data, computing power and connectivity, making data centers mission-critical facilities requiring special attention. ABB provides data centers with reliable, flexible and secure operation. Its solutions ensure continuous availability while helping to improve performance in a productive and sustainable way. System reliability and process continuity Tackle air conditioning…

You don’t always get what you pay for – sometimes you get more

When making any purchase, price clearly matters. However, when it comes to variable speed drives (VSDs) and electric motors, as ABB’s David Hughes explains, the price tag does not always reflect what is included with your purchase. There are many factors to consider when engaging a VSD and electric motor supplier. Reliability, efficiency and ease of use of both the product and the supplier are critical factors. But, for many, the overriding factor often comes…

UK Energy and Carbon Reduction Schemes

Making sense of the UK’s energy and carbon reduction opportunities The UK operates several different energy and carbon reduction schemes that aim to incentivise reductions in industrial and commercial energy consumption. Some schemes are similar in scope, while others apply only to certain organisations. All of them, when leveraged effectively, can reduce your energy bills and carbon footprint by embracing energy efficient technologies. Climate Change Levy (CCL) What is it? An energy reporting scheme which…

Motor and Drive Energy Performance Rules Set to Change

From July 2021, the latest Ecodesign Regulation (EU) 2019/1781 applies to low-voltage induction electric motors rated up to 1,000 V AC and, for the first time, to variable speed drives. ABB’s Rich Gee explains the new energy performance requirements. Many projects, particularly those in hazardous environments, can have a long lead time, often taking many months to move from planning phase to implementation. It is critical, therefore, to be aware of a significant change on…

Why it’s finally safe for food & bev motors to emerge from their shrouds

Gleaming mixing vessels, vats that shine and preparation benches you could eat off – as a food and beverage manufacturer, you pride yourself on the cleanliness of your operation, says ABB’s Luciano Santos, ABB LV motors food & beverage market manager, UK. But are there any hidden corners that could be harbouring food particles, acting as a breeding ground for bugs? A part of the food production process that can get overlooked is the electric…

Why Net-Zero Will Improve The Uptake Of Variable Speed Drives And Motors

Despite being available for over 50 years, the true energy saving potential of variable speed drives can often be overlooked, especially by a new generation of engineers. As David Hughes, ABB UK’s Managing Director argues, the arrival of net-zero could be the catalyst that increases the uptake of the technology. Recent research reports indicate that the global market for variable speed drives (VSDs) will exceed an estimated $33 billion by 2025. One of the most…

Selecting Motors And Drives For Explosive Atmospheres

When selecting variable speed drives and motors for potentially explosive atmospheres, the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations must be followed, otherwise explosion protection measures will be compromised. ABB’s Luciano Santos and Andrew Bould share some advice. Throughout the food and beverage sector, variable speed drives (VSDs) and electric motors are renowned for contributing to productivity improvement and energy efficiency. However, their use needs to be very carefully considered in applications within potentially explosive atmospheres – also…

Choosing the right type of electric motor can improve energy savings

Not all low voltage motors are the same. With a wide range of different motor technologies on the market, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, choosing the most appropriate motor type for an application can pay strong dividends over the course of the motor’s lifetime. The four most widely used types of motor are: • Induction motors • Permanent magnet motors • Synchronous reluctance motors (SynRM) • Electronically commutated motors (ECM) Each technology achieves…

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