Drives and Controls Magazine
Software helps to find MEPS-compliant motors
Published:  14 May, 2013

ABB has launched an on-line tool and an iPad app that help to select motors to meet minimum energy performance standards (MEPS). The Optimizer tool assists users to compare motor running costs and to obtain documentation on the motors.

The software first presents the user with eight drop-down menus from which they can choose: the MEPS area (such as the EU or US); the efficiency class (IE rating); and the motor’s frame material, range, voltage, frequency, speed and power output. It then presents a list of suitable motors.

For instance, if you are looking for an EU IE3, dust-ignition-proof motor, rated at 400V, 50Hz, with all poles and all outputs, the program returns a list of 49 possible motors and their characteristics. Any of these motors can be saved and compared with others to discover the cost of owning them.

They can be compared on running costs, payback periods, lifecycle savings or reductions in greenhouse gas emission. If possible, the software will also suggest a higher efficiency motor and highlight the additional savings that could be achieved by upgrading. Test reports, drawings, datasheets and other documents can be accessed for the chosen motors.

ABB's Optimizer motor selection tool is available in online and iPad versions

“Selecting the optimum motor to meet a specific MEPS can be a complicated task,” says Ian Allan, ABB’s general manager for motors and generators in the UK. “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.”

The software will initially cover ABB’s standard IEC low-voltage motors and motors for explosive atmospheres. It will be expanded later to include other motor ranges and to calculate costs of ownership.