Calls by both the public and private sectors for energy efficiency across the board has everyone scrutinising all plants' energy consumption and output, with highlighting mid-sized motors with output power between 0.75-375kW as the largest segment of motor electricity consumption in Australia.

According to Martin Broglia, managing director for Bonfiglioli ANZ, in a bid to accommodate and exceed the standards set out by government, motor manufacturers are working to improve the performance of their motors, and “this is certainly the case for Bonfiglioli”.

“Dedicated to continuous R&D, Bonfiglioli delivers gear motors with profound energy savings across its comprehensive range,” Broglia says. 

“Interestingly, 1 July 2021 will see significant changes imposed by Europe for a new Ecodesign Directive (EU) 2019/1781, which looks to introduce energy efficiency binding requirements for induction motors, and for the first time, for electronic motors controls such as frequency inverters – eliminating some of the exceptions that have been valid so far. 

“This directive could benefit other markets in future and will see greater energy savings come into play, particularly in its IE3 range.” 

Bonfiglioli’s IE3 motor series

The asynchronous IE3 three-phase motor from Bonfiglioli – the BX series – covers a wide range of general-purpose industrial applications.

Both the IEC and Compact motor are available in IE3 efficiency classes, according to the international standard IEC 60034-30.

Furthermore, Bonfiglioli’s e-motors can be equipped with several options: protection class up to IP56, tropicalised, corrosion-resistant paint, and anti-condensation heaters.

The BN/M and BX/MX motor series are also available in the Brake Motor version with a selection of AC or DC brakes. Also, to maximise e-motor flexibility, all can be controlled with inverters. 

“The company continues to improve its electric motor efficacy. The BX series withstands environments of up to IP65 and resist extreme temperature with bimetallic or PTC components,” says Broglia. 

“Incremental and absolute encoders are also options when selecting this motor.

“These features make the BX motors suitable for a myriad of applications that require low energy consumption, particularly those that run continuously. We remain dedicated to making a difference to both our customers’ bottom lines, as well as the environment.”

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