14 May 2014
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World first claim for geared motor launch

Bauer Gear Motor, part of Altra Industrial Motion used the occasion of the Hanover Fair to launch a modular, stainless steel, IE4 super premium efficiency geared motor, claiming a world first in this sector.

Building on the tried and tested Bauer permanent magnetic synchronous motor (PMSM) and aseptic drive technologies, the new stainless steel model combines the benefits of both and is ideal for use in hygiene critical applications where high footfall and frequent wash-downs could damage specialist coatings.

Due to the special hygiene demands of assembly systems in industries such as pharmaceuticals and food and beverage, specialist components typically have to be specified which can withstand the regular cleaning regimes and guarantee clean operation without risk of contamination.

However, because the return on R and D investment is slower for specialist components, the latest energy efficiency developments often filter through at a slower rate when compared to standard motor products. As such there are very few IE4 super premium efficiency geared motors suitable for these applications.

PMSM synchronous motors offer considerably improved efficiency when compared to induction motors, even under partial load conditions. In real life application examples they have been shown to offer energy savings of over 40% when compared to a standard, asynchronous motor.

The stainless steel modular geared motor from Bauer is designed with surfaces which slope by at least 3° to prevent the formation of dirt deposits and allow the run-off of cleaning agents and water. The stainless steel construction eliminates the risk of the hygiene rating becoming compromised in the event of an impact or over prolonged periods of use in heavy wash-down environments.

Paul Gay

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