Amidst the debt crisis situation in the European region, electric motor manufacturers face a number of significant challenges. Mandatory energy-efficiency regulations for energy-using products (EuPs) and energy-related products (ErPs) have been enforced by the European Union. To meet the upcoming deadlines for the implementation of these regulations, most motor Companies are developing high-efficiency electric motors. Permanent magnet electric motors typically use rare earth elements such as Samarium and Neodymium in the construction of their permanent magnets. The commodity price of such elements has been increasing year on year over the past decade. Thus, meeting the cost expectations of customers by offering strategically priced products is a major challenge that manufacturers face. With an aim to address the aforementioned challenges, Lafert recently announced the introduction of its innovative HPS 2.0 Synchronous IPM IE4 motor, named HPF.
This uniquely engineered product combines the electrical design of brushless servo motors with the mechanical design of AC induction motors, resulting in the development of a compact permanent magnet motor that complies with the IE4 efficiency class. The permanent magnets used in the motor do not require rare earth elements for its construction, which ensure price and supply security in to the future. Lafert also offers flexibility in terms of design, customizing the active and mechanical part of this motor to suit specific end-user needs. The HPS 2.0 IPM synchronous motor is available in a wide range of power outputs, ranging from 0.37 kW to 30kW, with full flexibility in motor speed up to 6000 RPM, and it can be controlled by most standard drives.
Considering its ability to design such an innovative product, Lafert S.p.A. has been chosen as the worthy recipient of the 2013 Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Leadership Award in the European market of electric motors for HVAC applications.