European Coordinating Committee of Manufacturers of Electrical Switchgear and Controlgear

Leaflet

Low voltage switchgear and controlgear - functional safety aspects

Functional safety is an important part of machine safety. The European Machinery Directive together with the harmonized standards EN 62061 and EN ISO 13849-1 gives the requirements.

This brochure provides information concerning the application of these standards and the European Machinery Directive, relevant to the implementation of low voltage switchgear and control gear in functional safety applications. Together with important facts it gives examples of low and high demand mode.

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Ecodesign Requirements for Electric Motors – Towards a System-Approach

This brochure aims to demonstrate the benefits of motor starters for fixed speed applications. It provides information and guidance as regards ecodesign for electric motors and related control modes to achieve most energy efficient applications.

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European Low Voltage Industry Contribution to Smart Grid

Energy efficiency challenges have thrown the spotlight on the potential of the smart grid. The Low Voltage European Industry is deally positioned to help industry, commercial buildings, and the residential sector exploit that potential. Energy efficiency is top of the agenda for countries and companies alike as they rethink the way they manage their electricity usage. Driving that reappraisal is the smart grid and its new paradigm where supply and production dynamically interact to ensure balance across the grid. The European Union, for one, is thinking ahead to the day when the Europe-wide smart grid is operational. It is already working on setting global standards for energy efficiency. As part of that effort, a group of major players from the low voltage electrical industry has come together under the name of CAPIEL to define and standardize the interface between local smart grids and nationwide public smart grids.

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What about the controlgear?

EU Regulation for Ecodesign of electric motors (n°2)

The ecodesingn requirements of the EU Commission Regulation have applied since June 2011. This regulation imposes mandatory minimum efficiencies for many types of three-phase, low voltage induction motors. This second brochure provides information concerning the application of the current EU regulation to implement more efficient motors. Furthermore this brochure supports the design of motor driven applications to achieve the best energy efficiency solution.

Motor Regulation - Efficient System Design Règlement moteur - N° 2 Eco-conception efficace EU-Motorenverordnung -Nr. 2 Effizienter Entwurf von Antriebssystemen
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Electric motors efficiency

CAPIEL Fully supports the goal of energy saving by using energy efficient component. However, it cannot be forgotten that the ultimate objective is to ensure the best energy efficiency of the complete system or solution. The reality of motor applications is rather complex an the directive, as written, might be misleading. Therefore CAPIEL would like to take the opportunity to highlight some part of this regulation and its related preliminary studies.