We Look at the Regenerative Energy Technologies Making a Difference on the Factory Floor
Read our special feature on harvesting lost energy on the factory floor in our latest quarterly e-magazine. Regenerative energy technologies long since embraced by the automotive industry are now taking their place on the factory floor. Industry is a massive consumer of energy and is in many ways very wasteful. With electric motors, much energy is lost in deceleration and braking. Mitsubishi Electric is one of the companies tackling this issue, it “produces a range of inverter drives that control the speed and torque of electrical motor drives and can harvest the kinetic energy normally lost in braking and subsequently convert it into electricity.”
Other companies, such as B&R Automation have concentrated on conserving energy by other methods. The Austrian firm produces a power supply module called ACOPOS which “only produces the power that is needed so there is no waste.” KEBA’s KeDrive works in a similar manner, but is also able to identify where energy is needed in a multi-axis system, for example robotic arms, and transfer the energy where it is required most. An impetus on energy saving and an increase in environmental legislation is motivating companies to integrate technologies like ACOPOS and KeDrive in an effort to save energy and money.