ABB Launches Easy-to-use Tool For Selecting MEPS Compliant Motors

With different MEPS (Minimum Energy Performance Standards) in force around the world, choosing the right motor can be a difficult task. ABB aims to make motor selection much easier with the Optimizer, a tool that quickly identifies the optimum motor for any MEPS worldwide and gives easy access to technical documentation.

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has launched the Optimizer, an on-line tool designed to help users select MEPS compliant motors.

Choosing the optimum motor that meets local MEPS can be very difficult due to differences between regulations in different regions, changes to existing MEPS within regions, and the introduction of MEPS in new countries.

With the Optimizer, searching for the ideal motor simply involves following a series of simple, intuitive steps. The required characteristics are input by selecting options from dropdown lists and then Optimizer displays a shortlist of motors that can be selected for further investigation.

Motors can then be compared in terms of running costs, payback periods, lifecycle savings and greenhouse gas emission reductions. The Optimizer will also, if possible, automatically suggest a higher efficiency motor and highlight the additional savings that could be realized by upgrading. Test reports, drawings, data sheets and other documents can be accessed quickly and easily for the selected motors. Documents can be opened on screen, saved or exported as a zip file.

“Selecting the optimum motor to meet a specific MEPS can be a complicated task. With the Optimizer we’ve developed a tool that not only makes the job easy but also provides running cost information and easy access to all the necessary documentation,” says Jani Korkeakoski of ABB’s low voltage motor product management.

The Optimizer is available as a web browser or as an iPad app. It will initially cover ABB’s standard IEC low voltage motors and motors for explosive atmospheres and will later be expanded to include other motor ranges and additional aspects to calculate the cost of ownership.

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