Energy-Aware Industrial Devices

By Al Presher – With energy-aware industrial devices coming into the marketplace, manufacturers and OEMs will have an important tool to help reduce energy costs as much as 20-30 percent using intelligent, Ethernet-based networking.

Using open-interface standards such as PROFIenergy, Sercos Energy, and the CIP Energy Object, these new energy-saving strategies could become part of a new normal for manufacturers.

The initial target applications are monitoring and saving energy by placing systems into standby mode during production pauses. And even though the base technology has been ready for a couple of years, application deployment has taken time. more>

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