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MDS 2011 reveals initial conference speaker line-up

12 September 2011

The inaugural Motor Driven Systems (MDS) Conference (November 9 and 10 2011, Solihull) is close to finalising its schedule of speakers. Amongst those already confirmed are Graham Wooding, a founder of Energy Systematics, specialist consultants in the systematic management and classification of energy. Graham is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and was co-opted onto several BSI committees to give assistance with standards related to energy management, efficiency and classification.

Mr Wooding will be focusing on ISO 5001 – ‘The Dawn of International Energy Management Systems’.

Alex Chausovsky is the research director of IMS Research’s Electric Motors group. His areas of expertise include low voltage and medium voltage industrial motors, low voltage and medium voltage AC and DC motor drives, soft starters, motor control centres and motion control products. Mr Chausovsky is a native Russian speaker, allowing him to undertake custom research projects that focus on Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation. He will be addressing the global market for higher efficiency motors.

Steve Brambley is a deputy director at GAMBICA, the Trade Association for Instrumentation, Control, Automation and Laboratory Technology in the UK. He is responsible for representing the Industrial Automation sector, covering product groups for Variable Speed Drives, Control Gear, Soft Starts, PLCs, Terminals, Enclosures, Uninterruptible Power Supplies, Position Sensors and Machine Safety Components. He will be asking the question: ‘Are Your Motors Out of Control?’

Steve Schofield is currently responsible for all of the British Pump Manufacturers' Association's (BPMA’s) technical, training, standards, legislative and energy related activities. Since joining this organisation he has been actively involved in many of the European Commission energy programmes such as “Pump SAVE”, “Motor Challenge”, “ProMot” and “DEXA.

In 2003 he worked with Future Energy Solutions to produce the Best Practice Guide on Variable Speed Pumps and then subsequently took on the task of secretary for producing the international guide for Variable Speed Pumping. In 2005 he again took on the task of secretary to produce the international guide for System Efficiency in Rotodynamic Pumping Systems. He will be examining ‘How The Eup/ErP Will Affect The Pump Industry’
The conference scene will be set with a presentation of the findings of IMS Research’s latest analysis of the global low voltage and medium voltage motors and drives markets. This will summarize how these markets are segmented by product type, geographic region, and industry sector. The current competitive environment in these markets will be examined, including a presentation of market shares of the leading suppliers on a global and major regional level.

The paper will also include a discussion of the impact that higher-efficiency motors are likely to have on the repair vs. replace decisions facing motor end-users, and the apparent lack of consideration of the total cost of motor ownership, rather than its initial purchase price.

A dialogue on the increasing penetration rates of motor drives, both relating to the install base and to annual sales, will highlight the different approaches to total MDS efficiency used in North America, Europe, and Asia. Other aspects of increasing the efficiency of the total drive system such as gearing, transmission elements, and more efficient fans/pumps/compressors will also be touched upon.

Controlling Your Motors
In an attempt to identify where energy savings can be made the following factors in motor systems will be discussed:
 Product efficiency and System efficiency potential compared
 General principles of electric motor control
 Different load types and characteristics (Variable Torque, Constant Torque)
 Control options (fixed speed, variable speed, soft starts, PLC, feedback loops)
 Case Study example
 Where are your invisible motors?

This paper presents a comparison between the various types of motors available today (for variable speed or not), among them induction motors, switched reluctance motors, and permanent magnet motors, emphasizing characteristics, advantages and disadvantages of each one from the point of view of energy efficiency, but not neglecting other important features as mentioned above. The most recent technologies of motors will also be discussed and what is expected to be the most affordable technologies for high efficient motors in the future.

Variable speed drives
To achieve the best possible energy savings/efficiency from a fan or pump infrastructure, there is a strong argument for Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) to be used. VSDs, combined with high efficiency motors, enable a fan or pump system to be optimised to the best operating speed for the Duty, rather than being restricted or compromised by the use of a fixed speed design.  This view will be presented and discussed comprehensively.

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