Sean Tibbott continues to see demand for small, compact, and cost-saving variable speed drives due to a global trend in cost-effectiveness and greening [SEWEurodrivesalesengineer
He explains that SEW-Eurodrive's Movigear Mechatronic integrated drive unit can meet this growing demand by reducing installation and commissioning costs and costs, as well as minimizing energy and operating costs.
"Saving energy This is not only an important contribution to the protection of the environment, but can also be measured financially.In many sectors, such as the automotive, food and beverage industry, airport logistics or general transport logistics, the subject of total cost Of ownership increasingly important. "
Tibbott adds that energy efficiency has become a focal point in an integrated approach This inevitably affects the development of modern drive technology due to the efficiency of the drive components.
He goes on to explain that electric-powered systems account for more than two-thirds of industrial electricity consumption. "This means that the cost of electrical energy input is calculated from the actual mechanical energy required plus losses, resulting in overall efficiency."
He notes that, regardless of the type of application or system, energy costs can only be reduced if energy losses in plant operation are kept as low as possible.
"That's why more plant operators are investing in SEW-Eurodrive's latest development, such as our integrated Movigear Mechatronic drive unit," he says.
The higher initial costs compared to conventional drive solutions will be compensated within one to two years by the saved energy costs alone, he reports.
The Movigear unit, which has been available to local industry for some five years, includes three distinct sections – an electronic inverter connected to the servomotor, which in turn connects to the transmission section.
"It's essentially a Mechatronic drive system," Tibbott says, noting that the integration allows minimal electrical and mechanical losses through direct contact or connection between the drive components. However, he adds that, if necessary, the electronics replaced the upper part of the drive with the electronics can be quickly and easily disconnected from the connector.
"It only takes a few minutes to replace the electronic part, since the connecting cables do not have to be removed, which means that maximum system availability is ensured."
Tibbott further notes that the low-noise drive system of the integrated drive unit reduces noise levels, making it ideal for areas where workers are present.
"Such integration means that there is minimal room for error during installation and commissioning, while the devices are virtually maintenance-free, which reduces downtime and labor costs," he explains.
The Movigear unit It is also available in four variants, increasing the adaptability to different types of equipment, allowing for easy integration into existing programmable logic controllers or PLC programs.
"This greatly enhances our flexibility by enabling us to respond to customers' Different needs and applications," he adds, noting that the units are ideal for corrosive environments or those that require strict hygiene standards.  Local Focus
Tibbott Quotes SEW-Eurodrives Delivery of 67 Movigear Mechatronic Integrated Powertrain Units in September in a Large Glass Factory in Western Cape
The project helped SEW-Eurodrive establish itself as a local mechatronics engineer in the country thanks to the company's local manufacturing capabilities and technical support.
Delivery – from order to assembly and delivery – took six weeks to complete The components are from Germany and are assembled at SEW-Eurodrive's Cape Town manufacturing facility.