UK-based Lenze has developed a smart motor for baggage-handling systems (BHSs), which generates power according to the precise load that the motor is required to drive.
“Traditionally on a BHS the motor is placed in line, with the power going directly to it, although there is no control over how much power is being used. You run it up to full speed and back down again, but that’s it,” explained Business Development Manager Paul Berry.
He argued that airports operating a BHS with conventional motor technology are almost certainly using too much energy, and wasting money as a result.
One solution is to fit an inverter, but this could be located up to 50 m away from the drive motor, requiring extensive cabling.
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