How Machine Tools Can Save Energy

It starts with energy-efficient designs of the servo and spindle systems. This article introduces useful concepts such as the difference between direct and indirect energy consumption.

Energy usage is becoming a more important factor in determining the overall efficiency of automation systems, including CNC machine tools. Conserving energy cuts costs and protects the environment. An article by Paul Webster, engineering manager at FANUC FA America, explores the topic and focuses on the value of modern electrical motor design for CNC machine tools, injection machines and other automated production equipment. “Energy Saving Designs in Factory Automation Equipment” also introduces a number of key concepts in energy consumption and efficiency strategies.