A major theme for the event is applying technology and a systems engineering approach to help reduce energy consumption. The aim is to demonstrate how energy efficiency is both financially beneficial and vital for competitiveness. WEG is a global supplier of motors, automation, control and distribution equipment, with sales exceeding US$3 billion. It also undertakes systems contracts, providing complete turnkey solutions including motors, inverter drives, soft starters, PLCs, high and low voltage switchgear, transformers and systems software.

One of the speakers at the conference is to be Sebastião Lauro Nau, who co-ordinates many research and innovation projects for WEG; with topics including LV motors, PM motors, high speed motors, electronic commutation and switched reluctance. He also teaches innovation management to electrical engineering students at the University of Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil.

This year’s Motor Driven Systems conference brings together two of the most important issues concerning industry today, Economics and Energy. With the rising cost of energy and the introduction of the EcoDesign Directive organizations need to ensure they have energy management strategies that can deliver real savings on their operational costs. Industrial motors collectively consume most of the electricity used in industry, and in many cases there is significant wastage. However control and automation can be used to optimize consumption, simultaneously cutting running costs and reducing carbon emission.

The first two speakers will be Laurence Smith from DEFRA, who will outline the UK Government’s position on motor efficiency, and Marcos González from the Energy Efficiency Unit at the Directorate General for Energy (European Commission).

Subsequent speakers will look at the holistic or systems engineering approach to achieving energy efficiency. The conference will also cover related subjects such as standardization, installation and the changing nature of the global market.

There will be presentations on applications such as motor driven pumps, refrigeration and compressed air systems where efficiency initiatives can produce significant results.

WEG is recognized for its work on energy efficiency in electrical machine and systems and continues to develop new ideas and technologies in the field.

About WEG
A global major in the power distribution, automation and control sectors, WEG has just celebrated its 50th birthday. The company’s global sales now exceed the US$3-billion mark, representing increasing global success across a wide range of product groups, including the latest generation of transformers, LV control gear, generators, inverter drive systems, soft starters, LV and HV motors, ATEX- compliant explosion proof motors, smoke extraction motors and full turnkey systems. In addition, WEG has recently made a significant strategic expansion of its product portfolio, following the establishment of a joint venture for the manufacturing of wind turbines and the purchase of an Austrian gearbox manufacture, WATT Drive.