Variable speed AC drives are crucial in food and beverage manufacturing to improve energy efficiency, but that's just the beginning. For example, predictive downtime capabilities built into an AC drive reduce process downtime potential. This benefit can help avoid missed deadlines and product spoilage, while increasing cost savings.
Thus, in order to reap the full rewards AC drives offer, it is vital for food and beverage processors to understand their total value. That includes:
Reduced maintenance costs: Variable frequency drives reduce the need for mechanical or hydraulic gearboxes and clutches.
Reduced downtime: AC drives can be used to monitor load changes to predict mechanical wear, like worn bearings, and may avoid extended downtime.
Reduced equipment cost: Because AC drives are connected directly to driven loads, they can be less expensive than DC drive or mechanical drive systems.
Distributed control: AC drives that possess programmable logic control functionality reduce the need for external controls. Local controls allow operation when control equipment is not required or not operating properly.
Reduced wiring and installation time: AC drives with serial communication capabilities can be controlled and monitored by communication networks over a single set or pair of cables.
Reduced personnel costs: AC drives may be used to reduce the number of personnel required for many processes, allowing for better workforce allocation.