Online Energy Savings Estimator for Machine Drive Trains

Feb. 17, 2012
Siemens Industry has introduced an online Energy Savings Estimator tool that allows customers using drives, motors, couplings and gearboxes to estimate potential energy savings of upgrading components across their entire drive train.

The Drive Technologies division of Siemens Industry, Inc. announced what it's calling an industry first: an online Energy Savings Estimator tool that allows customers using drives, motors, couplings and gearboxes to estimate potential energy savings across their entire drive train.

"We believe that our Energy Savings Estimator is an industry first, providing customers with an easy method of understanding the potential savings that upgrades may offer to their existing drive train systems – all through one easy to use Web site," says Doug Keith, president of the drive technologies division of Siemens Industry, Inc.

Siemens Energy Savings Estimator only requires the end user to submit existing data points about their current system including, for example, the application (fans, compressors or pumps), horsepower, motor speeds, reduction stages for gearboxes, etc. Once the operating profile is put in, the tool evaluates the potential for energy savings in kilowatt hours (kWh), dollars, CO2 emissions, and the oerall return on investment for the recommended solution.

"A significant opportunity for industry energy efficiency exists through the implementation of control, automation and drive technologies, and according to the Department of Energy, industry consumes 70 percent of all energy consumed in the U.S. With energy efficiency initiatives, U.S. manufacturers could reduce energy consumption by as much as 30 percent, also resulting in operational efficiencies, improved productivity and a strong return on investment," adds Keith.

The program also offers "real world savings" approximations to help users understand what their estimated savings means in terms of sustainable operations, such as "488,000 kWh could fully charge 40,800 electric cars, allowing them to travel 1,600,000 emission-free miles."

For more information, visit www.usa.siemens.com/energysavingsestimator.

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