SEW Eurodrive Receives the Frost & Sullivan 2007 European Electric Drives Product Innovation of the Year Award
The "2007 European Electric Drives Product Innovation of the Year Award," is presented to SEW Eurodrive for its innovative mechatronic drive solution MOVIGEAR®.
Launched in 2005-2006, MOVIGEAR® has been developed to suit the complex materials handling requirements of various industries such as food and beverage, automotive, airport and general transport logistics.
"Based on a pioneering new technology - single line installation – MOVIGEAR® offers numerous advantages over traditional drive solutions," note Frost & Sullivan Research Kaushik Ghosh. "Compact size, high overload support, quick start up time and continuous torque, absence of noise pollution and a smooth casing ensures that MOVIGEAR® offers superior performance over conventional drive solutions with customers also benefiting from lower installation and energy costs."
In contrast to current technology standards based on a decentralised system of transmission requiring several separate cable lines for supplying energy and communication, single line installation technology uses a single cable.
This eliminates the need for complicated, cost-intensive on-site installation. Reduced wiring also makes the system efficient, minimising system costs. This simplified system also reduces start up times significantly from weeks to a few days. Such attributes make this technology innovation highly efficient and cost effective.
"SEW Eurodrive has also developed Ethernet-based new software for configuring a network structure and facilitating the simple and efficient usage of MOVIGEAR®," adds Ghosh. "Based on different application requirements, the software is available in various modules and customers can choose according to their needs."
Although the cost for the individual MOVIGEAR® components is slightly higher compared to conventional drive solutions, this product enables the customer to reduce his overall costs. High quality networking features and control concepts minimise start up times, monitoring and maintenance tasks. The application of the single line installation principle facilitates a reduction in excessive wiring and variants, translating into substantially lowered installation costs.
"The availability of functional software for integration in higher level Ethernet communication offers a quick solution to drive tasks, helping reduce start up times and installation costs," adds Ghosh. "Moreover, MOVIGEAR®''s unique design is highly energy efficient, offsetting its higher price through saved energy expenses."
Already, SEW Eurodrive's pioneering drive solution is enjoying considerable demand due to the multiple benefits offered to customers. The company has produced and installed over 1000 MOVIGEAR®s in 2007 with positive product acceptance underpinning plans to push for mass production beginning in early 2008.
The Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Innovation is presented each year to the company that has demonstrated excellence in new products and technologies within its industry. The recipient company has shown innovation by launching a broad line of emerging products and technologies.
Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognise companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.
About SEW Eurodrive
The SEW-EURODRIVE group (sew-eurodrive.de) is an internationally successful family-owned business with more than 12,000 employees and global sales exceeding € 1.8 billion. As a market-leader in drive technology, SEW is a locomotive for progress whose gearmotors and frequency inverters keep the world moving. All components are manufactured in 12 production plants in Germany, France, USA, China and Brazil. The finished products are assembled and customized in 63 assembly plants around the globe.
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