Mechanical speed reduction efficiencies for power transmission systems

2019-07-03T11:36:32+00:00July 3rd, 2019|News|

“Critical challenges facing industry include finding the most efficient ways to minimise energy consumption and reduce CO² emissions, with no compromise on productivity and safety,” says Grant Robertson, managing director, Vert Energy. “With the implementation of variable speed and the optimisation of mechanical speed reduction efficiencies, the maximum saving of electricity consumption is obtained in any power transmission system.

“Feedback from our customers indicates that by combining Leroy Somer Dyneo permanent magnet technology with variable speed technologies, they not only have significantly reduced energy consumption, but also enjoy a good return on investment and lower overall cost of ownership.

“Through Dyneo permanent magnet solutions – with sensor-less control and interchangeability with standard IEC mechanisms – we are able to offer our customers the benefits of high-performance of permanent magnet motors, with the simplicity of mounting and installation equivalent to traditional asynchronous motors.”

The Dyneo range, which is manufactured in France, includes the option of an aluminium frame size up to 500kW. Benefits include European quality, with certified ratings and efficiencies from approved regulatory bodies; an improved aesthetic finish as opposed to a rugged cast-iron body; removable feet for multi-mounted applications in certain frame sizes, better heat dissipation than with traditional cast-iron frames and fewer losses due to improved thermal characteristics.

Leroy Somer’s Dyneo permanent magnet solutions enable the construction of lighter units with a reduced footprint, which is particularly beneficial to OEMs. The compact design and fewer mechanical components mean a reduced size of the chassis supporting the motor. This design also facilitates easy installation of the motor on-site, the simplification of lifting equipment required and reduced transport costs.

The Dyneo motor-drive unit ensures high efficiency levels over the whole operating speed range, especially at speeds below the synchronous speed, where efficiency is higher than with asynchronous motors.

Dyneo technology, which also guarantees optimum torque over wide speed ranges without de-rating or forced ventilation, significantly improves the drive’s efficiency and enhances specific output power, offering better performance than conventional technologies.

Other important features include adaptation of the motor speed to the speed of the driven machine, improved performance of the driven machine by increasing its speed, potential elimination of gearing, a low rotor temperature-rise and better bearing performance.

LSRPM (IP55) /PLSRPM (IP23) permanent magnet motors are built using the same high quality European mechanical components as Leroy Somer asynchronous motors, to offer reliability and flexibility. This interchangeable range, with standard dimensions in terms of frame size, flange and shaft extension, provides an immediate energy-efficient solution, without the need for modification of the existing system.

Advantages of the sensorless control design include less wiring and fewer connections for simplicity of installation. Encoders or long cable lengths are not required and there is no need for concern about environmental constraints, like vibration, temperature and abrasive dust, affecting the machine.

These high-performance, energy-efficient variable speed solutions – designed for applications requiring high torque at high speed – enhance power transmission performance in pumping, ventilation, compression, conveying, extrusion, process control and generators.

In a recent project, a variable-speed screw compressor equipped with a Dyneo permanent magnet solution, was added to the existing four fixed-speed screw compressors used in refrigeration, during the production of beer. This upgrade has achieved energy savings of 600 000 kWh/yr, an increase in the maximum speed and improved performance of the system.

The company is also the authorised sales and support partner for Allight Lighting towers, DEIF generator controls and API/Covrad GT Heat Transfer, as well as ASCO automatic transfer switches and Avtron and Froment load banks.