What Is an Adaptive Frequency Drive?
Adaptive frequency drives (AFDs), also known as variable frequency drives (VFDs), are devices that control the speed and power output of electric motors by adjusting the frequency of the electrical supply. By implementing AFDs, customers can unlock several sustainability benefits.
Are Adaptive Frequency Drives Right For Your Building?
Optimizing motor speeds allows for precise matching of the motor’s power output to the required load, eliminating energy waste caused by motors running at constant speeds, regardless of the demand. This results in significant energy savings and reduced electricity consumption. AFDs help reduce mechanical stress on motors by starting them gently and gradually ramping up to the desired speed. This not only extends the lifespan of the motors, but also reduces maintenance and replacement costs, which then generates an additional cost savings. Moreover, AFDs enable efficient control of motor operations, allowing for enhanced process optimization and productivity.
By fine-tuning motor speeds, customers can achieve better process performance, reduced downtime, and improved overall operational efficiency. Implementing AFDs in motor systems thus contributes to sustainability by conserving energy, reducing maintenance needs, optimizing processes, and promoting resource efficiency.