The Importance of VFD-Driven Motor Protection in Food Processing Plants

Without VFDs, food and beverage plants have no protection from equipment failure.

Did you know that food and beverage processing companies statistically waste about one-third of all the food that is produced at the plants?

It’s true - and these are losses that could have been avoided. Any instance of equipment/power failure can result in the costly spoilage of goods. Needless to say, this is incredibly disadvantageous not only concerning costs, but is also wasteful and not very environmentally friendly.

With that being said, many food and beverage producers are seeking out solutions to prevent these motor failures through the protection of bearings from electrical damage induced by VFDs - and if you’re not already, here’s why you should be doing so, too.


VFDs provide a reliable for food and beverage processing


Variable frequency drives (VFDs) are capable of controlling the speed of electrical motors used in food and beverage processes - doing so through protecting against unplanned downtime and the costs associated, in addition to reducing overall energy consumption. In fact, VFDs have been proven to reduce energy consumption by around 20 to 30% in like applications - and that’s substantial.

Besides being a reliable, energy-saving solution for food and beverage processing systems, VFDs also allow for more accurate and precise control of food prep, transfer, and packaging operations.

Please note: Bearing protection is critical with the use of VFDs

No matter what the application, without bearing protection, VFDs can cause significant damage to motors through the induction of currents discharging through the bearings - leading to potential pitting, fluting, and disastrous motor failure.

If this were to occur, any savings provided by the VFDs can rapidly disappear with the introduction of motor replacement costs and unplanned downtime. It just isn’t worth the risk to not use bearing protection.


We’ll help you choose the right VFD for long-term reliability and energy savings


Our team of experts can provide you with the right VFD and bearing protection required to protect your equipment and improve your bottom line.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at T&T today to get started.

 

 

 

Posted by Paolo Alonzo | Apr 1, 2021 | Categories: Power Distribution