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The next revolution in motor control

03 September 2018

The continued focus on improving energy efficiency and sustainability remains a major driving force for innovation in mechanical and electrical engineering arenas.

Improved speed control using variable speed drives (VSDs) has produced a significant energy saving, but the next step needs to be much bolder – the implementation of a direct current (DC) grid within industrial premises has the potential to reduce operating costs and take advantage of renewable energy sources.

The German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturer's Association (Zentralverband Elektrotechnik und Electronikindustie (ZVEI)) initiated the DC-INDUSTRIE research project along with 21 industrial companies and four research institutes. Together they are jointly working on the project to implement the energy transition in industrial production and, therefore, bring more energy efficiency and energy flexibility into industrial production.

Among those involved is Bauer Gear Motor, which is part of the Altra Industrial Motion Corporation, and Karl-Peter Simon, Bauer's Managing Director, who is taking a leading role in the research.

Read the full article in the September issue of DPA


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