Bargteheide – NORD DRIVESYSTEMS will expand the IE3 premium efficiency motor range to include 0.12 kW motors from January 2016. Adding this smaller size to the IE3 portfolio will make it easier to equip entire plants with eco-friendly, highly efficient drive systems.
Systems in the 0.12 kW to 0.75 kW rated power range are used in a large share of all drive applications. However, the efficiency percentiles for this performance class have been defined only in the last stage of the European Union Ecodesign Directive for electric motors, and have only recently been introduced into the international standard IEC 60034-30-1.
Legally, there is no immediate need to act on motors this small: at this time, IE3 requirements within the EU only apply to motors rated at 7.5 kW or higher. Even in 2017, when smaller performance ratings are due to be included, this will only extend to 0.75 kW or larger systems. Still, users with a particular concern for the environment and those seeking to truly maximize efficiency may wish to go beyond current legal obligations.
They will find that NORD DRIVESYSTEMS now enables them to pursue ecological solutions throughout all drive applications. NORD supplies the compact IE3 motors in IEC frame sizes. Changing the specifications to IE3 is a smooth process that will not require physical design changes to machinery and equipment.