AUSTRALIAN Baldor has published a new software program which analyses in cost terms exactly the benefits electric motor users can gain by installing new generations of highly energy-efficient products.
Called BE$T, the software - provided free - calculates the annual electricity cost of the typical nominal efficiency motor installed today, and then compares it to the consumption of equivalent motors manufactured to achieve high operating efficiencies - including the 'premium' grades which meet Minimum High Efficiency standards.
BE$T then recommends a replacement commercial motor for the application in question, showing the payback period in months.
As the cost of a motor usually represents little more than 10 per cent of its annual energy consumption for automation operating continuously or on multiple-shift processes, the payback period can be surprisingly short - sometimes as little as a year or less.
Operating profiles that can achieve this are common in industrial sectors including chemical/petrochemical plants, water and utilities, paper mills, mining, steel/metal, automotive, and larger food and beverage plants.
Moreover, if the motors under analysis are candidates for adjustable speed drives, added energy savings are automatically calculated by BE$T, providing a further incentive for end users to consider upgrading.
Baldor's BE$T software accepts data entry three ways: via keyboard, import of a project from Excel, or the import of data from a PDA such as a Palm Pilot.
It has a built-in report writer for simple summary and detailed reports. BE$T is available free of charge from Australian Baldor.