High-efficiency low-voltage drives and motors for energy-intensive applications
Rockwell Automation and Infinitum have formalised an exclusive agreement to develop and distribute jointly a new class of high-efficiency, integrated low-voltage drive and motor technology.
According to the two companies, the new partnership will deliver marketleading integrated drives and motors, giving manufacturers the ability to deliver sustainable outcomes with less consumed energy, raw materials, and waste.
Dedicated to industrial automation and digital transformation, Rockwell Automation, Inc. will work with Infinitum, creator of the sustainable air core motor, to develop a solution that will significantly save energy and cut costs for industrial customers globally, while helping them to reduce their carbon
footprint and become more sustainable
As companies grow more energyconscious and look to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, variable frequency drives (VFDs) with high-efficiency motors have increasingly come into focus. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), electric motors consume approximately 40 percent of the electricity consumed globally, with the percentage rising to nearly 70 percent for industrial companies.
Under this agreement, Rockwell’s market-leading PowerFlex drive technology will be combined with
Infinitum’s high-efficiency Aircore EC motor system. This powerful package will help companies to reduce their carbon footprint, with a motor system that is 50 percent smaller and lighter, uses 66 percent less copper, and consumes 10 percent less energy than traditional iron core motors.
“We’ve long recognised the benefits of Infinitum’s integrated motor and drive system, because of its class-leading energy efficiency, sustainability, and ease of operations,” said Barry Elliott, Vice President and General Manager of Power Control, Rockwell Automation. “We’re excited about the powerful impact that our new joint solution will have on improving sustainability, energy-efficiency, and productivity for our customers around the world.”
Rockwell and Infinitum have collaborated since 2021, when Rockwell made an initial investment in Infinitum as part of the company’s Series C funding.
“We’re excited to extend our successful partnership with Rockwell Automation. This agreement opens new customer channels for our sustainable motors, that can power the world with less energy, material, and waste,” said Ben Schuler, founder and CEO, Infinitum. “Working with Rockwell will enable a direct and widespread impact on industrial companies, reducing electricity consumption and increasing sustainability for this energy-intensive sector.”
The integrated VFD and motors will be available in late 2024 exclusively through Rockwell and its partners.