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DRN asynchronous motor series sets new benchmark

DRN asynchronous motor series sets new benchmark for IE3 compliance in Africa-

SEW-EURODRIVE is setting a new benchmark in the local electric motor industry with the introduction of its IE3 compliant DRN series of asynchronous motors.

Stricter international regulations have meant that, as of the beginning of last year, all two-, four- and six-pole asynchronous motors with a power rating of 7.5 kW to 375 kW must meet the requirements of energy-efficiency class IE3 in the European Union (EU). At the beginning of next year, IE3 will become applicable to all asynchronous motors with a power rating of 0.75 kW to 375 kW.

While South Africa does not face the same regulatory pressure as the EU, SEW-EURODRIVE has decided to raise the benchmark locally by launching its new DRN series as its standard range of electric motors.

“We also have to take into account our customers across our borders. For example, if we supply an OEM in Africa carrying out a project in the US, the IE3 requirement has to be met. We not only supply the local market, but have to take our export obligations into account as well,” National Sales Manager Norman Maleka comments.

SEW-EURODRIVE National Sales Manager Norman Maleka.

SEW-EURODRIVE National Sales Manager Norman Maleka.

In terms of South Africa, SEW-EURODRIVE will offer the DRN series as a complete new range. “It will set the standard. A customer who buys a gearbox or drive from us will automatically have an IE3-compliant motor,” Maleka explains.

“What is equally important is the fact that the DRN series is downward compatible with our previous motors, regardless of the energy class. It fits right onto our gearboxes, for example, which means no additional effort on the part of our customers.” Another feature is a global stator, which boosts both parts availability and stockholding.

Commenting on the benefit of using energy-efficient motors such as the new DRN series, Maleka points out that the total cost of ownership of the equipment is reduced significantly over the long term. “Not only do we inform our customers about these benefits, but we also advise on application requirements. Our aim is to offer a total solution, as opposed to simply being a component supplier. Our expertise and experience stands us in good stead in this regard, with SEW-EURODRIVE celebrating its 85th anniversary this year,” Maleka stresses.

The new DRN series will be launched officially at Electra Mining Africa 2016 from 12 to 16 September 2016, at the SEW-EURODRIVE stand in Hall 6 J20. The company will unveil a range of new products under its ‘The Future Starts Now’ campaign. “Innovation, tradition and customer focus are the cornerstones of SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa,” comments MD Raymond Obermeyer.

“That was the case when our company was founded 85 years ago, and it still holds true today. Thanks to a range of customer-orientated service modules, we offer our customers added value and measurable benefits. This is made possible by powerful drives, high quality standards and customised solutions,” Obermeyer concludes.

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