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Softstarters or variable-speed drives, or both?

Energy efficiency is a very important aspect that customers seek in products and systems and something that suppliers work hard at improving in their product offering. In fact, the general view held is that the investment linked to the purchase of electrical equipment, as well as the downtime cost incurred from installation and commissioning is offset by a decrease in electricity consumption due to energy efficient operation.

Like in water applications, centrifugal pumps are driven by an induction motor directly fed from the network. Flow regulation is accomplished by a few different means, namely throttling, a highly inefficient method as hydraulic losses increase dramatically when the flow is strangled by a valve; variable-frequency drives (VFD), recommended as an effective means of saving energy, ensure flow regulation by controlling the rotational speed of the motor shaft; and alternatively, on and off pump operation following a precise duty cycle – the pump is not operated continuously, but switched on for the time needed for pumping the target water volume and disconnected for the rest of the time. Given that many different hydraulic systems recommend the use of frequency converters or cyclic control (ie, softstarter technologies), which one of these two solutions is the most cost-effective in reducing energy consumption and providing the most satisfactory payback time? – Juan Sagarduy, Jesper Kristensson, Sören Kling, Johan Rees (ABB Corporate Research)

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Clear and efficient call for action monitoring with the WERMA Tower Light

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In order to control unexpected downtime better and to detect latent available capacity TRW in Blumberg swears by the simple machine data collection system from WERMA. The southern German signal device manufacturer had equipped the TRW factory with its WIN (wireless information network) system a few years ago now and is continuing to extend the co-operation with TRW. Click here to find out more about the success story in the whitepaper here.

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Schneider – Simplifying the setup of an energy measurement plan (IEC 61557-12)

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Many facility owners and managers are setting up measurement plans to gather the broad range of information needed to improve energy efficiency, reduce operating costs, and ensure power reliability. To collect this information requires power metering and monitoring devices (PMDs) that go beyond the capability of the traditional revenue meter. Up to now, choosing the best PMD for each application has been difficult due to the lack of common references between vendors regarding accuracy, operating conditions, and quality. This guide will help electrical system designers use the IEC 61557-12 standard to more easily specify the appropriate devices needed to support an effective power and energy management plan. Click here to find out more in the whitepaper.

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Omron Integrated Safety – Achieving the highest level of Productivity and Flexibility


Managing an industrial project today is a challenge. Despite taking into account all technical aspects and rules, saving time and money is a must. To achieve that all systems should be flexible in all aspects, such as reusing program codes, wiring and modularity. In addition to the Safety Integrated Technology, one can benefit from all diagnostic from any location. Whether in front of the machine or at a desk, the same level of information is available. Click here to find out more in the whitepaper.

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Schneider – Choosing the right motor control and protection components

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Amid mushrooming global demand for energy and increasing concern for the environment, countries around the world are implementing tighter environmental restrictions. Industrial motors, a major global consumer of electricity, are one of the prime targets of the new regulations and standards.

The transition to IE3 premium efficiency motors and IE4 super premium efficiency motors is underway, raising challenges for businesses. However, these challenges also bring opportunities for businesses to reduce energy costs and increase efficiency while lightening their impact on the environment.

To make the right motor starter choices and ensure maximum energy efficiency, it is important to be aware of how IE3 premium efficiency motors behave during starting and the impact this behavior can have on protective devices. Schneider Electric TeSys motor starter products (motor circuit breakers, overload thermal relays, and contactors) have undergone extensive laboratory testing with different motor brands to confirm their compatibility with IE3 and IE4 motors. Click here to find out more in the whitepaper here.


Learn how Omron integrate Temperature Control into the Packaging Machines

Companies who pack goods, machine builders and automation suppliers are all working towards one goal: the best way to move vulnerable goods from producer to consumer. To extend the shelf life and to protect products is the main essence of packaging. We all want products to arrive at the consumer in a perfect state.

Form, Fill and Seal (FFS) machines are often used to pack large quantities of goods at high speed. Often these goods are food items, like nuts, chocolate bars and candy. There are different factors which can limit the speed of this type of primary packaging machine. They are: product feed, packaging material feed and seal-time. The flexible packaging material (e.g. foil) used in FFS machines is formed and sealed on the fly, often around the product while in motion.

Apart from variation and quality, producing more packs per time are the 3 fundamentals of an FFS packaging machine. With more consumers and the target to reduce cost, the need for more output is obvious. This can be reached not only by faster machines, but also with better quality sealing right from the first pack you produce.

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Schneider – How Arc Fault Detection Devices Minimize Electrical Fire Threats

Arc faults in low voltage electrical installations within buildings pose significant safety risks. Electric arcs in conductors and connections are not detected by existing protective devices such as circuit-breakers or residual current devices (RCDs), even though these arcs cause fires. To minimize the threat of electrical installation-related fires, electricians, contractors and building occupants need to consider deploying new Arc Fault Detection Devices (AFDD). This paper discusses new break-through in the field of electrical protection, and identifies critical application areas where AFDDs enhance safety.

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