Now that 3D printing has anchored itself in society as a popular and relatively cheap method of producing personalizable parts and prototypes, innovators have begun to look for ways to improve the process itself. Along with this, concerns have arisen regarding the potential waste plastic that ends up in landfills after printing. So with 3D printing established, innovators are turning their creative ideas into environmentally-conscious products for the industry.
In order to stay ahead in industry and to keep a company profitable, it is important to stay up to date with technology. Using the most efficient systems and products in manufacturing can help your company save money and save energy, which helps to not pollute the earth.
When it comes to industrial configurations, one of the most important pieces of the puzzle is an energy efficient installation of variable frequency drives (VFDs). Also known as adjustable-frequency drives (AFDs) or AC drives*, VFDs should be a mainstay in nearly any manufacturing operation. After all, being energy efficient is not only more time efficient, but it also ultimately saves in many different costs.
Voltage drop is how the supplied energy of a voltage source is reduced as electric current moves through the passive elements (elements that do not supply voltage) of an electrical circuit. Voltage drops across loads and across other active circuit elements are preferred as the supplied energy accomplishes useful work.
A voltage drop greater than 5% can harm the lifespan and the operational efficiency of electrical circuits and equipment. Therefore an effort must be made to contain the voltage drop below 5%. There are many ways to minimize these voltage drops which include decreasing the temperature of the conductor, decreasing length of conductor, increasing quantity/size of the conductors, or reducing power load.
Topics: Energy Savings
Slowly but surely the Automation industry is making advances. Some areas of improvement like safety and efficiency seem to be second nature, while others such as mobile information and cloud systems can take some time adapting and using. Nonetheless, it is important to keep up on industry trends in order to advance your business and stay ahead of the competitor.
Environmental concerns have pushed the world towards better energy efficiency. In the long run, energy saving practices can also save money. However, to actually reduce energy usage, new technology is needed. Equipment and machines in the manufacturing industry have had major improvements in recent years so that these practices are possible.
Technological advances all seem to be moving in the same direction. Everyone wants hardware and devices to be smaller, cheaper, and more effective. Drives and motors aren’t any different. Smaller drives and motors aren’t bonuses anymore; they are essential. But as these drives and motors become more compact, the inner workings of the devices have to keep up as well.
There are conflicting opinions on the harms and benefits of oversizing motors. According to a survey taken by Automation World, there are a number of reasons why around half of the responders continue to oversize despite the energy concerns. The most popular reason was to make up for variations in system operations, while some other reasons were based on taking preventative measures. Many feel that it is better to be safe than sorry and others think that the price of a larger motor is easier to handle than the price of a mechanical mishap.
The first electrical AC motor was designed in 1899 to convert electric energy into mechanical energy by electromagnetic induction. Electrical motors are characterized by fixed speed and fixed torque, which is not suitable for all processes. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), industries consume about 42% of all electricity generated, and motor-driven applications account for 70% of that. More than 90% of industrial motors cannot adjust their power consumption, with many running at full speed regardless of the actual output it needs.
North America is becoming increasingly more popular for low-cost manufacturing, and as a result, the manufacturing industry is now more competitive than ever. One way manufacturers can gain a competitive edge is by improving productivity; effectively and efficiently. A company with higher efficiency and production quality can manufacture products for less, increase its profit margin, or enjoy a combination of the two. Measuring OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is one way to stay ahead of competitors because if you aren’t tracking OEE or downtime, you are losing money every job, every shift, every day.