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Unlocking energy savings: Why drives are essential in your sustainability journey

30 June 2023

Today, the most common use of drives in industrial environments is for the control of fans, pumps and compressors. In fact, these applications account for about 75 percent of all drives operating globally. Here, Marek Lukaszczyk, European and Middle East Marketing Manager at WEG, explains why overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and sustainability are closely linked, and how drives are essential for energy efficiency.

(Image: Shutterstock)
(Image: Shutterstock)

Motors and drives shouldn’t be an afterthought in any industrial plant’s sustainability strategy. In reality, they can be vital in helping manufacturers to achieve sustainability and CO2 abatement objectives, guaranteeing environmental compliance and driving efficiency throughout the plant. Let’s look more closely at how motors and drives can support more sustainable performance in fans, pumps and compressors.

Compressors are used to blow and transfer products around a factory, be it foods, pharmaceuticals or plastics. Indeed, compressors are so ubiquitous in powering processes and machines that compressed air has been called the fourth utility for manufacturing products – alongside water, gas and electricity.

However, it’s well-documented that air-handling equipment is capable of consuming large amounts of energy. How do motors and drives improve OEE and sustainability in these applications? 

Read the full article in DPA's July issue

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