Excess energy consumption is not only an unnecessary cost in your energy bill, but it also serves to damage your equipment as the excess energy is released through the windings of the motor in the form of heat, vibration and noise.
Integra from Suresense Technologies gives motors intelligence through monitoring the load on the shaft of the motor for every cycle of the supply. The Integra then feeds the motors the electricity that they require to run efficiently at any point in the duty cycle.
The Integra unit purchased by MassMould, who manufacture plastics for the food industry, was supplied through a Suresense partner, Renmar Plastics Machinery Ltd.
The granulator in question recycles plastic bottle tops. The hopper is filled up manually and a small conveyor belt feeds the granulator. The Suresense motor controller was fitted to the granulator to save energy when granulating.
On the request of MassMould, the Integra firmware was changed to monitor the feed though the granulator and also inform the operator using a visual signal when the hopper feed has run out.
A spokesperson for Suresense Technologies commented:
“This is a good example of how Suresense Technologies listen to their customers’ needs. This application was specifically developed for MassMould who wanted product going through this granulator constantly, and the reasoning was ‘We want our investment to pay for itself’.”
The Integra motor controller is specially designed for granulators and more importantly does not change the speed of the motor. The way the controller saves the energy is by controlling voltage, current and torque according to the motor shaft load.
Savings data is shown below.
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