Optimizing Industrial Powertrain Performance
Enhance the Reliability and Operational Efficiency of Your Unique Application
By Chris Carrigan, Vice President, Technology
Addressing Diverse Applications With Components Not Optimized to Work Together Introduces Cost and Complexity
Across an extensive range of industries — bulk and unit material handling, food and beverage, mining, oil and gas, wood processing, and more — end-user companies operate complex pieces of equipment that require unique powertrains to perform specific functions. As a result, virtually no complete turnkey solutions have been widely available off the shelf.
This compels engineers and operations managers at end-user companies to cobble together industrial powertrains from motors, controls and other assorted components sold by a variety of brands from multiple manufacturers. Using parts not optimized to work together, companies adapt and force-fit components to keep their equipment running. Well-intentioned suppliers assisting the end user may simply lack in-depth knowledge of the many mechanical components and electric motors. The result: powertrains that function — but often with less-than-optimum efficiency, reliability and/or profitability. Additionally, the bill of material for the powertrain becomes an extensive, complex and expensive sourcing problem.
For many end-user companies, that conventional approach no longer is sufficient. They need new equipment or ways to upgrade existing equipment that enhance performance while reducing energy consumption and other operational costs. To meet long-term business objectives, they must be able to maximize the uptime of their power transmission systems throughout their facilities and processes.
But the challenge remains. Where can end users find a manufacturer capable of providing a complete industrial powertrain offering that fulfills their specific application requirements? And, how can they evaluate whether the manufacturer can design, assemble, commission and monitor a powertrain system with components that work together, no matter the application?
Read this white paper to discover the advantages of a fully integrated industrial powertrain:
- Works efficiently because it is engineered to optimize performance
- Reduces complexities in certification and operation
- Integrates ongoing support, services and diagnostics from one supplier
Understanding the Complete Industrial Powertrain: A System Approach to Provide Desired Outcomes for the End User
To help companies meet the ever-growing expectations for operational efficiency and avoid the high costs of unplanned downtime, leading manufacturers today dedicate teams of application engineers to the pursuit of fully integrated industrial powertrain systems. Instead of continuing to accept the limitations of the conventional, piecemeal approach to powertrain design, forward-thinking manufacturers:
- Focus on creating a major improvement in industrial powertrain performance
- Engineer powertrains to produce significantly reduced ongoing operational costs for energy, maintenance and repairs, while right-sizing the components in the system to minimize upfront capital costs
Realizing these goals requires deep expertise and capabilities to move with confidence away from the industry standard of adapting assorted components from multiple companies and hoping they work together. Instead, more innovative manufacturers propose a vastly better alternative. They recommend a completely new approach that fully meets a company’s unique applications and requirements by incorporating off-the-shelf componentry such as:
From design to sourcing, installation, implementation and monitoring, industrial powertrains can be fine-tuned and tested to ensure their many components fit and function together. The result? End-user companies can realize improvements in powertrain performance and significant total cost of ownership (TCO) improvement.
Best Practice: Partner with a Single Source
Ask Four Question to Discover How a Manufacturer Can Help You to Maximize Industrial Powertrain Performance
A leading manufacturer can provide universally interchangeable powertrain components and IoT-based monitoring. The manufacturer possesses the engineering expertise and a proven record to design, specify, install and implement industrial powertrains in any configuration imaginable to perform the end user’s specific function and provide the desired outcome.
Evaluating whether a manufacturer can deliver an optimized, end-to-end system to match an end-user company’s requirements can be a daunting task. To help you identify the right partner, ask the following four questions.
Question 1: How will the manufacturer fully integrate compatible components into an electromechanical system in order to resolve the performance, operational efficiency, reliability and durability issues of improvised powertrains?
Question 2: Does the manufacturer dedicate application engineers who specialize in creating industrial powertrains with components that work in harmony and incorporate IoT-enabled analytics that can be utilized by your company to boost performance, efficiency and energy savings?
Question 3: How will the manufacturer utilize fully interchangeable components to provide flexibility and help ensure that industrial powertrains can be adapted or replaced as needed to meet future requirements?
Question 4: Can the manufacturer provide one point of contact for service, support, repairs and replacement parts, thus enabling your company to avoid the time and frustration of coordinating spare parts and support from multiple sources
“The benefits of having one expert provider to design, build and support a fully integrated industrial powertrain are clear. Equipment with right-sized components operates more consistently and reliably and consumes less energy. When paired with IoT monitoring of system parameters such as speed, torque and temperature, end users are able to reduce their costs for maintenance, repairs and spare parts. When all of the components are engineered to work together as one electromechanical system, users may enjoy financial and performance advantages throughout their complete lifecycle experience.”
Technical Director, Monitoring & Diagnostics
What Does Your Ideal Industrial Powertrain Partner Look Like?
Seek a Single Source for End-to-End Powertrain Design, Build and Support
Look for a manufacturer that owns a group of brands which together offer a complete range of industrial powertrain components. You’ll benefit because every component in the comprehensive bill of material has been specified and engineered by the manufacturer to fit together and easily integrate with any other component.
A key differentiator to consider is whether the manufacturer possesses the expertise to integrate the advanced capabilities of:
- Electrical motors and mechanical systems to create end-to-end industrial powertrains
- Remote monitoring to maximize efficiency and performance
Electromechanical operation, particularly with variable-speed drives, enables far more efficient delivery of motor torque to provide precise speed control and significant energy savings. Accomplishing this requires selection of the right components for the application instead of by what was done in the past or by following outdated rules.
Further optimization occurs when industrial powertrains incorporate IoT-enabled sensors for remote monitoring. Companies can remotely monitor performance aspects of components in their industrial powertrain. They receive alerts when equipment performance, reliability or operation falls outside specified ranges; predictive maintenance (PM) analytics also can help companies to better manage spare parts inventory and schedule maintenance in order to avert equipment failures and expensive downtime.
Count on Regal
Maximize Your Powertrain Performance with the Integrated System Experts
As your partner, Regal provides complete, end-to-end optimized electromechanical powertrains for a wide range of applications and industries. We utilize Regal-produced products that have been engineered to meet customers’ provided specific application requirements for endless potential. Regal will help customers to design, assemble and commission their powertrains based on provided application requirements, and then enhance their performance with IoT monitoring via its Perceptiv™ intelligence platform.