When your motor fails without warning it can create huge problems like causing damage to the machine and large amounts of unplanned downtime. Allen Bradley has made advances in Smart Motor Control devices that give you the ability to minimize unplanned downtime and monitor energy.
How much does your motor’s downtime cost you? For many years that question could not be answered easily. Yes, the electric motor is an essential part of manufacturing. Every industrial plant has critical machines that need the motor to function properly and reliably. But one undeniable fact of the motor is that it’s a dumb device, in other words, when power is applied to it, it will run until it fails.
Additionally, studies show that on average motors are responsible for 65 percent of total energy used in industry. Wasted energy is an unseen factor that can run up production costs. Without the ability to see where and when energy is being wasted that problem will never be corrected.
It is important to have the right components with features that give you the data necessary to make informed decisions for each motor and how to reduce your enery footprint while protecting your asset.
Products like the E300, SMC 50, Powerflex drives, Power Monitors and others have the smarts built in and give you the ability to answer the question, how much do your motors cost you? All of these devices easily tie into the PLC over the network and from the PLC you can display this information to the machine operator via HMI or to the controls engineer and plant manager through Factory Talk. If you would like more information on Smart Motor Control please reach out to your Rumsey Industrial Controls Specialist.