Energy-efficient automation solutions to reduce energy consumption and costs

Energy-efficient automation solutions to reduce energy consumption and costs
Bradley Douglas – Motion Tronic Director

In alignment with Energy Efficiency Day (4 October 2023), Motion Tronic urge the South African industrial sector to adopt energy-efficient automation solutions in order to reduce energy consumption and in turn, costs.

“Everything we use in our lives, from clothing to fast cars and everything in between, takes huge amounts of energy to produce. Global industry consumes a staggering 40 percent of global energy supply. As the energy needs of society continue to increase, more people are looking to industry to curb their high power consumption with energy-saving technologies and processes,” explains Bradley Douglas – Motion Tronic Director.

According to the International Energy Agency, automation is able to reduce energy costs by between 10 and 30 percent. Automation excels when used to reduce a factory’s energy consumption, which has a positive impact on more than just the energy bill.

Automation solutions can regulate and optimise the energy consumption of drives, pumps, and other parts of process equipment. Likewise, automation can optimise the energy output of equipment, ensuring that no energy is going to waste unnecessarily.

“By monitoring maintenance markers in real time, automation allows for early fault detection and therefore less stopping and starting of equipment, resulting in reduced equipment downtime. By reducing or fully removing the need for human input, fewer mistakes are likely to be made, resulting in less wastage, less energy consumed and improved productivity,” says Douglas.

Motion Tronic is proud to be partners with Inovance, an automation brand pioneering automation solutions that are energy-efficient and effective. Inovance brings energy-efficient low voltage multidrive products to the automation table that are high performance, high security and high protection rated.

“Installing variable frequency drives not only reduces energy costs, but can significantly contribute to improving process control and reliability, increasing production capacity, reducing maintenance costs and lowering reactive power. All of these benefits represent transformative enhancements for any industrial operation, setting them up for success as we move further into the 4th Industrial Revolution,” concludes Douglas.