MDM, Motor Decisions Matter (www.motorsmatter.org), a national
organization of motor manufacturers, electric utilities, energy-efficiency
groups, trade assocations, and government agencies demonstrated software at
National Manufacturing week that helps facilities managers reduce downtime and
save energy by proactively managing their electric motor resources.
The package, called "1.2.3 Approach" is geared for small- and medium- size
companies that may not have the expertise to develop a motor management plan.
The Approach is aimed at teaming up facilities managers with experts from a
local motor distributor, service center, utility, or energy-efficiency
organization. With minimum inputs from the customer, the software calculates
annual motor operating costs and presents financial data for future motor
management decisions based on life-cycle costs. The information allows the user
to make an informed decision on whether to repair or replace a motor before it
fails, and to plan accordingly.
Specifically, the package:
Calculates energy cost and potential energy savings
Calculates and compares the financial impact of repairing or replacing
Determines the payback periods for NEMA Premium (energy efficient)
Calculates return-on-investment and net present-value of motors
Prints tags that identify the best repair or replace options for each
Generates a summary report
The "1.2.3 Approach" is available on the MDM Website as well as through the
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