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Nestl Purina discusses motor energy savings program at manufacturing show in Chicago

Chicago, IL -- Mar. 5, 2003 - Representatives of the Motor Decisions Matter campaign hosted two sessions yesterda...


March 5, 2003
By MRO Magazine

Chicago, IL — Mar. 5, 2003 – Representatives of the Motor Decisions Matter campaign hosted two sessions yesterday at National Manufacturing Week 2003 at McCormick Place in Chicago to talk about the benefits of motor management and premium-efficiency motors.

The event includes the National Plant Engineering and Facilities Management Show as well as five other exhibitions.

The first session, Motor Planning Means Big Savings For Your Business, featured speakers Ted Jones, program manager for the Consortium For Energy Efficiency; and Mark Hamann, senior engineer at ComEd. The second session, Motor Management Success Stories: Told By the Companies Themselves, featured Ted Jones and Raj Kumar, director of energy of Nestl Purina PetCare Company.

The first session gave an overview of the Motor Decisions Matter campaign. It covered details on how companies of all sizes can use motor management and premium-efficiency motors to reduce motor energy costs and downtime, increase productivity and improve risk management.


The second session focused on company testimonials. Speakers in this session talked about the positive results their company had as a result of implementing a motor plan and using premium-efficiency motors. “The first session gives the background details, and the second session presents the results to back up our claims,” said Jones.

Kumar’s presentation described how the motor management plan at Nestl Purina was established and how it is currently being implemented.

“In most industrial production plants, electric energy is the major component of total energy costs, and electric motors consume about 70 to 80 per cent of that energy,” Kumar said. “To achieve major cost reduction in industrial production plants, electric motors must be the centre of your total energy cost reduction effort. And providing leadership is a very crucial aspect of energy cost reduction.”

The Motor Decisions Matter campaign is sponsored by a consortium of utilities, motor manufacturers, trade associations, government agencies and energy conservation groups. The campaign sponsors are promoting the benefits of motor planning and providing tools that enable commercial and industrial customers to develop a motor plan, with the assistance of their local distributor/repair centre or utility representative.

A motor plan addresses common motor decisions, such as when to repair or replace a particular motor, how to specify premium-efficiency motors, and providing company-wide guidance on motor sizing, application, repair, inventorying and procurement.

Experience shows that these issues need to be addressed before equipment failure to maximize motor availability, reduce downtime, and lower energy costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, greater attention to motor system management can reduce motor energy costs by as much 18 per cent, while helping to boost productivity and reliability.

“Thanks to the organization’s commitment to education, many commercial and industrial firms are learning that motor decisions really matter and they have stopped throwing good money after bad,” said Hamann.

“Our work is not done. Every day in ComEd’s consultative work with customers, we see systems with inefficient motors being repaired when these systems are good candidates for more efficient motors that are available on the market today. These motors not only operate more efficiently but they also help reduce operating costs.”