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On-line tool helps you select MEPS compliant motors

09 June 2013

ABB has launched an online tool called ‘Optimizer’ that makes it easier than ever to select motors to meet different minimum energy performance standards (MEPS).

In particular, the tool enables the optimum motor choice to meet MEPS requirements as they change or are introduced to new areas; it also provides that all-important running cost information.

With Optimizer, users can select motors, compare running costs and get further documents about their motors. The first stage in motor selection presents the user with eight drop down selection menus. Categories are MEPS area (that is, the geographical area of use: EU, United States, etc), efficiency class (IE2, IE3, etc), frame material, motor range, voltage, frequency, speed and power output.

Once the required characteristics are selected, the tool presents a list of suitable motors. For instance, selecting EU MEPS, IE3, dust ignition proof motors, 400V, 50Hz, all poles and all outputs, returns a list of 49 suitable motors and their characteristics. Any of the suggested motors can be easily saved with one click – the next stage is to compare these motors to discover the cost of running them. 

Motors can be compared by running cost, payback periods, lifecycle savings and reduction in greenhouse gas emission. The Optimizer will also, if possible, automatically suggest a higher efficiency motor and highlight the additional savings that could be realised by upgrading. Test reports, drawings, data sheets and other documents can be accessed quickly and easily for the selected motors. Documents can be opened on screen, saved or exported as a zip file.

“Selecting the optimum motor to meet a specific MEPS can be a complicated task,” says Ian Allan, ABB motors and generators UK general manager. “With the Optimizer we’ve developed a tool that not only makes the job easy but also provides running cost information and easy access to all the necessary documentation.”

Optimizer will initially cover ABB’s standard IEC low voltage motors and motors for explosive atmospheres and will later be expanded to include other motor ranges and additional aspects to calculate the cost of ownership. The toolcan be found at or can be downloaded from the Apple store if you want to run it on your iPad.

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