When to Use a Variable Speed Drive Compressor

Many applications in the manufacturing process require compressed air. Since compressed air requires so much energy (sometimes up to 30% of a plant’s energy consumption), it’s important to make sure your compressed air system is properly sized, designed, and maintained.

While some facilities require constant operation seven days a week, many others experience breaks or slow-downs in production where energy could be saved or recovered. That’s where VSD compressors are most useful. Variable speed drive compressors continuously adjust motor speed and output to match air demand, preventing it from running in an unloaded state. This can help plants save significantly on energy costs – around 35% on average – making VSD compressors one of the most efficient designs in the compressed air industry.

Atlas Copco VSD Compressor
Atlas Copco VSD Compressor

Since the VSD compressor isn’t running at constant full speed, equipment often lasts longer. Longevity and cost savings combined with the added efficiency that comes with purchasing a newer machine results in a quick return on investment. On top of that, there are often rebate incentives available from local utility companies for updates to more efficient compressed air systems. Check out our Ameren ActOnEnergy page here.

Variable speed drive compressor systems are a good fit for nine out of ten applications, but before making any major decisions, it’s important to evaluate exact air demand, patterns in compressed air consumption, piping, and the operating environment with a compressed air audit. An air audit will allow you to make an informed decision on whether a VSD compressed can provide the energy efficiency you want.

VSD compressors reduce the amount of energy used when demand is constantly changing, almost completely eliminating wasteful energy. In fact, this technology has saved over $400 million in energy costs in the U.S. since its launch in 1994. Variable speed drive systems avoid an unloaded compressor from consuming energy when no compressed air is being used. Visit our page for more information on the compressor solutions HTE offers.

Adept Releases their Latest Robotic Solution

Adept Lynx Cart Transporter
Adept Lynx Cart Transporter

Adept Technology provides high quality robotic solutions for today’s automation challenges. One of their latest releases is the Lynx Cart Transporter, used to transport carts around a facility. Whether you are moving inventory, need to retrieve parts for line side replenishment, or moving sub-assemblies, the Lynx Cart Transporter is a self-navigating, productive and traceable way to continuously move parts while workers can focus on higher value (and less repetitive) tasks without leaving their workstations.

The Lynx Cart Transporter is designed to identify and maneuver a cart (full or empty) from a pick up location to a designated drop off spot. This new class of Lynx vehicle is useful for any facility that uses manual labor to push carts around their facility. The Transporters move a much larger distance across an 8 hour shift than an average human worker since they operate continuously with no breaks for up to 12 hours. Across an 8 hour shift, they can accomplish twice the amount of work.

Equipped with an HMI LCD touchscreen to control and receive alerts, E-stop button, side lasers to avoid obstacles, and MobilePlanner Software, the Lynx Cart Transporter has a cart latching mechanism that allows for custom shelving and crates. In addition to the standard options, customers also have the option of adding WiFi call buttons in their facility, the Lynx Enterprise Manger to manage a fleet of carts, and the Lynx Acuity option to enhance localization for busy environments.

Learn more about Adept Technology and the other robotic solutions from HTE.

Dorner’s Newly Released 2200 Series Precision Move Pallet System Conveyor

Dorner Conveyor’s 2200 Series precision move pallet system conveyors, their newest series released earlier this year, is a modular dual belt pallet conveyor system that’s ideal for assembly automation. These conveyors are designed to increase efficiency and reduce downtime of medium and large size part movement. Ideal for automated or manual assembly, product testing, inspection and packaging, this line of conveyors is positioned as the go-to solution for machine integration, part positioning, robotic pick-n-place and more.

Pallet Conveyor from Dorner
Pallet Conveyor from Dorner

The new 2200 Series features timing belt conveyors that allow an additional load capacity, the ability to change the belt quickly without the need to remove the conveyor from the system, and an updated pin tracking system that cost-effectively manages pallet traffic through 90 turns. There is both standard and static conductive belting available, and pallets are industry-compatible with sizes ranging from 160 mm up to 480 mm. This combination of features provides innovative and flexible conveying solutions across many industries.

Dorner has set the standard for quick delivery. Most conveyors and automation modules are available in 20 days or less. Their online configurator engineers both simple and complex configurations in minutes, saving you even more time.

HTE Technologies is now the local distributor for Dorner Conveyors across Missouri, Illinois and Kansas. For more information about the other Dorner products HTE offers, visit our product page here.