Industrial gearbox and motor supplier BMG Drives has launched a new genera- tion of energy efficient electric motors, the IE2 range, which is distinguishable by its yellow cowl.
“This new energy efficient IE2 electric motor range, which replaces the EFF1 range, ensures high efficiency, reduced energy consumption, extended motor life and low operating costs,” says BMG Drives electric motors GM Graeme Neilson.
He adds that these motors are most efficient when running at full load, where energy savings of up to 3% can be achieved. Energy savings of up to 30% can be achieved by ensuring that all other mating components, like the gearbox and couplings are energy efficient and correctly fitted.
“Apart from energy saving, which is a critical issue facing this country, high-efficiency motors have important advantages over standard electric motors.
“This includes a longer service life, suitability for voltage-variation applications, reduced temperature rise and minimal maintenance requirements,” explains Neilson.
The company’s IE2 electric motors have new features, including an ingress protec- tion 66 rating for the motor enclosure for enhanced protection against dust and water, Class H insulation for safe operation in high temperature applications and a bigger terminal box for easy access to the cables.
The bearings are lubricated with high- temperature grease for reliable performance. An added advantage is that all components are interchangeable with IE1 motors.
Energy efficient products from BMG also include self-tensioning motor bases, frequency converters, vibrator motors and synthetic oils.
Meanwhile, parent company Bearing Man Group (BMG) has opened specialist- engineering hubs throughout the country.
These engineering hubs were formed through the consolidation of the business of BMG Drives and BMG Belting to support the group’s ‘world-class production efficiency’ initiative.
“BMG’s eight engineering hubs, which are assembly and support operations, offer technical expertise and value-added product solutions to enhance the company’s service in carefully identified regions,” says BMG director Gavin Pelser.
He adds that BMG has taken important steps to enhance efficiencies by merging its various engineering businesses into one division, under which these hubs now operate. Services include the supply, installation and repair of gearboxes, electric motors, polyvinyl chloride, polyurethane, transmission and rubber belting, rollers and idlers, as well as a complete range of modular belting, heat exchangers and oscillating systems.
“Through these engineering hubs, BMG assists companies faced with a lack of engin- eering expertise, expensive machinery repairs and extended downtime periods. By selectively combining condition-based maintenance products and services, with maintenance techniques and upgrades to energy efficient products, the efficiencies of a plant can be significantly enhanced,” says Pelser.
The engineering hubs, which are supported by technically competent teams, who are available 24 hours a day, are situated in Durban, Richards Bay, East London, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Kimberley, Johannesburg and Nelspruit. New hubs will soon be opened in Sishen, Rustenburg and Tete, in Mozambique.