Electrical Power & Protection


Extensive electric motor range from Zest

October 2018 Electrical Power & Protection

Electric motor applications require a reliable, robust fit-for-purpose product that gives the end user the requisite low total cost of ownership. Fanie Steyn, manager for rotating machines at Zest WEG Group, says it is encouraging that most industries in southern Africa have woken up to the fact that purchasing the standard efficiency motor is not always the best long-term option.

As a leading supplier of electric motors in southern Africa, the Zest WEG Group offers a comprehensive range. In previous years, all WEG low voltage electric motors were manufactured at WEG Brazil, but today this major group’s manufacturing network extends to four continents. All facilities adhere to stringent quality control processes, are ISO 9001:2015 accredited and motors meet all the requisite international standards and regulations.

“The depth of the WEG low voltage range of electric motors allows us to offer customers the best fit for individual applications, and we are also able to draw from a line-up of motors that are engineered for specific application requirements,” says Steyn.

The WEG range starts from 0,18 kW motors that would be used to drive small fans or used in exhaust applications and goes up to 1250 kW motors used to drive large pumps or ventilation fans. Electric motors for specialised applications would include slip ring motors, roller table motors, saw arbor motors, gas pump motors, pad mounted motors, smoke extraction motors, permanent magnet motors, cooling tower motors and wash down motors for hygienic applications.

“Another significant trend reaping benefits for customers is the move towards using premium efficiency electric motors, also known as IE3,” explains Steyn. “While WEG electric motors are still available in standard efficiency, known as IE1, there is a remarkable increase in customers requesting IE3 motors because of the obvious energy savings that can be achieved.”

Zest WEG Group operates an extensive distribution network ensuring easy access for customers across the sub-Saharan region. Steyn says customer demand is carefully monitored and stockholding is maintained accordingly to ensure the highest possible service levels at the group’s nine strategically located regional branches.


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