Electric motors and the systems they drive are the single largest consumer of electricity worldwide, accounting for more than 40% of global electricity consumption.
Motors are widely used in both commercial and industrial manufacturing processes, where they can account for up to 54% of total electricity use.
BEST’s Intelligent Motor Controllers (iMEC), are used to reduce the energy consumption of motors in commercial applications across the globe, often improving equipment performance and reliability at the same time.
The iMEC range of products includes controllers for single-phase and three-phase applications.
BEST’s Single-phase Intelligent Motor Energy Controller (iMEC) ensures motor efficiency by reading a form of feedback on the power supply as demand changes at the motor shaft, in effect turning the motor into its own load sensor.
Using this feedback iMEC electronically ‘sizes’ a motor to both its application and load cycle every fraction of a second, ensuring it draws just the right amount of power required at any instant in time. It also enables the motor to run as a much more resistive load improving power factor quality.
Starting the motor is made smoother through a process of controlled acceleration, minimizing wear and tear and helping prevent maximum demand charges often associated with starting loaded motors.
iMEC will constantly monitor the ‘load’ on the motor every 100th of a second and ensure the motor has only the exact amount of power it requires at any instant in time to do the required job of work. iMEC will also enable the motor to run as a much more ‘resistive’ load thereby further improving power factor quality. Initial starting of the motor is made much smoother thanks to the introduction of controlled acceleration. Power is ramped up gradually at each starting cycle, which minimizes wear and tear in addition to reducing maximum demand charges often associated with starting loaded motors. In effect iMEC electronically ‘sizes’ the motor to both its application and load cycle every fraction of a second, ensuring the motor uses just the right amount of power it needs to at any instant in time – no more – no less!
The iMEC range of Intelligent Motor Controllers will:
- Save up to 40% in energy costs
- Reduce peak demand charges
- Improve power factor
- Reduce heat, noise and vibration
- Reduce maintenance costs
- Extend equipment life
BEST manufacture a range of iMEC solutions for single-phase applications up to 20AMP. A full range of proprietary 3-Phase applications is also on hand with special orders available ranging from 3-1000 kW.