Sustainable Automation

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One of the biggest buzzwords in this country is “sustainability.”  For the average individual, it means buying a more gas efficient vehicle, or cutting back on electricity and water consumption.  However in the manufacturing industry there is a much bigger focus on making automation energy efficient, as well as cost effective.  One of the biggest components of efficiently automated machinery is the type of motor being used.  New premium motors or drives that are being used reduce both costs and energy consumption.  These benefits are in addition to a decrease of harmful emissions within the environment.

While most people acknowledge that there is a serious problem with the environment, they are not willing to make changes that affect their finances in a negative way.  This is especially true of many businesses that are still feeling the effects of a recession.  What most budget-conscious consumers look at is the high initial cost of purchasing one of these premium motors.  However, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, switching to a motor that is just 4-6% more efficient can pay for itself in just two years.  Another way that justifies the higher initial cost of an efficient motor is the ability to see cost savings.  New motors are able to display a real-time energy savings.

Everyone is looking for ways to conduct their business in a more cost efficient way.  We are now able to do so while also being more sustainable.  The key is to be committed to the effort.  Administrators and decision makers need to look past the short-term and see the many benefits that will come over time.

Information for this blog post was taken from an article in the March 2011 issue of Automation World. To read the full article, please click here.

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