AMETEK Motion Control Products Meet Energy Directives
March 26, 2013—AMETEK Precision Motion Control (PMC) has taken the lead in achieving the required efficiency grades to meet the European Union’s Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive. The Directive, issued in 2009, establishes requirements for environmentally sound design of energy-consuming products and sets a 20-20-20 target of 20 percent energy reduction and 20 percent share of energy from renewable sources by 2020. The Directive is being implemented in two steps with Step 1 in 2013 and Step 2 in 2015.
The ErP regulation defines minimum efficiency grades for fans and blowers with electrical input power of more than 125 watts and less than 500 kilowatts. Exceptions also are provided for fans and blowers for certain emergency purposes and specialized applications. It also doesn’t apply to blowers that operate optimally at 8,000 rpms or higher.
AMETEK Precision Motion Control has long focused on achieving energy efficiency in the design and development of its products, so the majority of its fans and blowers already met the Directive’s requirements, including its Microjammer 5.1” (130 mm), Nautilair 8.9” (226 mm) and Nautilair 12.3” (312 mm) blower families. Within its Windjammer family of blowers, the 3.0” (76 mm), 3.3” (84 mm), 4.5” (114 mm) Microjammer blower and 5.0” Minijammer blower use less than 125 watts of power so they are not subject to the Directive’s requirements. The Windjammer 5.0” (127 mm) Minijammer 24 VDC and most Nautilair 7.6” (193 mm) blower families exceed 8,000 rpms and are not subject to the requirements.
AMETEK Precision Motion Control consists of two businesses focused on dynamic fluid and motion control solutions. AMETEK PMC brands include Nautilair variable-speed brushless combustion blowers; ROTRON regenerative blowers, transportation blowers, motors, fans and pumps; Windjammer variable-speed brushless blowers; HaydonKerk liner actuators, rails, guides and splines, drives and motors; Pittman brush and brushless motors, gearboxes, encoders, drives and brakes; and Dunkermotoren brush and brushless motors, gearboxes, controllers, linear systems and venetian blind drives, and brands.