Energy costs can constitute up to 90% of the lifecycle costs of systems that have not been optimised. Specialist drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive has addressed this issue through its newly-launched effiDRIVE energy saving solutions.
SEW-Eurodrive mechatronics engineering manager, Norman Maleka, states that solutions are based on the company’s proven modular concept. “Even a single efficiency-optimised drive component can positively impact a system’s overall energy balance. The modular energy saving system only includes components with optimised energy efficiency. Combining these optimised components can result in 70% energy savings.”
According to Maleka, energy consulting is the primary service in the energy saving concept with the focus on the complete system. “The introduction of energy consulting to the current SEW-Eurodrive service is a natural extension of the mechatronic product portfolio and is aimed at assisting current and future clients with energy efficient solutions,” he adds. “Our energy consulting offering serves as a demonstration that allows clients to witness the real savings in their actual plant environment, rather than just being told about theoretical savings.”
The most energy efficient solution is not only dependent on the components used, but also on the supporting analysis and consulting services. As a result, SEW-Eurodrive’s energy efficiency specialists perform regular and thorough tests on all applications.
Maleka points out that energy saving factors are identified and implemented consistently. “During volatile power supply periods, like those currently being experienced in South Africa, the benefit to the end user is measurable success by reducing energy consumption and costs, while simultaneously lowering carbon emissions,” he concludes.
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