MDM launches 1-2-3 Approach to motor management

Motor Decisions Matter (MDM) has launched the 1-2-3 Approach to Motor Management, an innovative software tool that demonstrates how industrial and commercial facility managers can reduce downtime and save energy by proactively managing their motor fleets.

Mar 11th, 2004

BOSTON, Mass., March 11, 2004 -- Motor Decisions Matter (MDM) has launched the 1-2-3 Approach to Motor Management, an innovative software tool that demonstrates how industrial and commercial facility managers can reduce downtime and save energy by proactively managing their motor fleets. It is easy to use and provides information quickly.

MDM campaign sponsors developed the 1-2-3 Approach to demonstrate the financial impact of common motor-related decisions.

The 1-2-3 Approach is a good starting point for small to medium-sized companies that might not have the resources to develop a motor management plan.

Using a limited amount of customer input, the tool calculates annual motor operating costs and presents financial data for future decisions based on life-cycle costing. In this way the 1-2-3 Approach user can make an informed decision on whether to repair or replace a motor before it fails, and plan accordingly.

Making cost-effective choices consistently can reduce plant downtime, control future operating and increase productivity.

Through effective motor management and planning, industrial customers can realize significant energy savings as well as improve their productivity and process reliability. Demonstrating this opportunity to senior management, however, can be a challenging task.

What the 1-2-3 Approach can do

• calculate energy cost and potential energy savings

• calculate (and compare) the financial impact of repairing or replacing motors

• determine the payback periods for NEMA Premium motors

• calculate return-on-investment and net present value

• print tags that identify the best repair/replace options for each motor

• generate a summary report

The 1-2-3 Approach to Motor Management is available through participating sponsors and on the MDM Web site at http://www.motorsmatter.org/123approach.html.

It is designed to team the facility manager with a "motor expert" - a representative from local motor distributor, service center/distributor, utility or energy-efficiency organization.

How to use the 1-2-3 Approach

STEP 1 - INPUT

Contact the local motor representative or participating sponsor, set up a meeting and work together to provide the necessary data (selected nameplate data, hours of operation and facility electric rates) for the 1-2-3 spreadsheet.

STEP 2 - RESULTS

Use the information generated by the spreadsheet to analyze the energy usage and potential energy savings of your motors.

STEP 3 - DECISION

Based on results generated by the spreadsheet, make a proactive repair/replace decision. Print tags for each motor to communicate your decision to others in the facility.

FOLLOW-UP

Develop a motor management plan with your local motor representative to take advantage of other opportunities to reduce downtime, save energy and increase productivity. The 1-2-3 Approach can be used to make a persuasive business case to senior-level management.

Motor Decisions Matter is a national campaign organized by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) encouraging the use of sound motor management and planning as a tool to cut motor energy costs and increase productivity. The campaign is sponsored by a consortium of motor industry manufacturers and service centers, trade associations, electric utilities and government agencies.
For more information about the campaign, contact the DOE's Office of Industrial Technologies Clearinghouse at 1-800-862-2086 or MDMinfo@cee1.org.

The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) is a national, nonprofit organization that promotes energy-efficient products and services.

CEE's web site is http://www.cee1.org/.

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