Energy Efficiency – Good for Your Pockets, Good for the Planet
November 21, 2022
Switching to energy efficiency is essential in every business – after all, consuming less energy is not only good for the planet – but also for your utility bill.
No industry sector is exempt from the benefits of applying energy efficiency, whether it’s individual products or complete solutions. This spans across a very broad spectrum – from replacing bearings that don’t work properly, causing the engine to run poorly and consume more electricity, to complex systems, such as solar panel and photovoltaic power generation systems. Plus, air conditioning, heating, insulation, and any products and solutions that improve energy efficiency from a thermal point of view. This is where thermal measuring instruments become essential. Thermal imaging cameras and environmental T&M, as a whole, are vital to monitor environmental data, including temperature and humidity to know whether the efficiency levels you’re looking for are in a given environment.
For example, thermal imaging cameras are used to detect hot or cold spots in a room, like windows or a refrigerator with inefficient insulation, or to perform predictive maintenance. In this case, the plant or production line is viewed with a thermal imaging camera to identify any short-break points – simply, something that heats up more than it should – for example, a bearing that won’t slide and move as it should, either because it lacks lubrication or is at the end of its life. Before it breaks, and critically blocks the line, it can be replaced – with many advantages in the realm of energy expenses. Predictive maintenance also affects panels. If panel components get too hot, it means they’re not working at maximum efficiency and will either need to be repaired or replaced to return to maximum efficiency, wasting as little energy as possible.
Energy efficiency is fundamental from the beginning of a product or application’s life cycle – from design to purchase, all the way to implementation and maintenance. Starting with designers, who devise new, more efficient systems or products (power supplies with zero or near-zero idle consumption, for example) that machine builders can use to certify the machine as a low-power option.
And when it comes to maintainers and buyers, savings on energy, time, and costs are a crucial part of the job and highly relevant to today’s industries. More of Allied Electronics & Automation’s customers are switching, for instance, to energy-efficient lamps, like LED, timed, or dimmable lighting.
Adding to Allied’s existing, wide range of RS PRO products across all types of demands, this energy efficiency solutions launch makes their offering even stronger and readier to supply you with more complete energy solutions. With 7,000 items, and growing, including more than 470 new products from 25 families, Allied provides a comprehensive choice of quality components – meeting your exact design and compliance specifications – at a fair price. Solar products, DIN rail power supplies, AC-DC converters, and rechargeable batteries are just a few examples of their inventory. And sensors are back, because, once again, careful and timely monitoring makes it possible to know whether your production process is precisely and efficiently proceeding and when you need to intervene.