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UK productivity increases at fastest rate in four years

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that productivity in the UK rose at its fastest rate for four years during the second quarter of 2015.

From April to June this year, output per hour rose 0.9%, the highest quarter-on-quarter increase since 2011. Output per hour is the amount a company produces after costs, so is a reliable indicator of efficiency and productivity.

There are many factors that affect productivity in process industries, such as staffing levels and training, but the efficiency of equipment is arguably the most important. Electric motor-driven applications – pumps, fans, conveyors and mixers, for example – are responsible for around 65% of industrial electricity consumption, so it’s the first place to look at for enhancing productivity.

By pairing an electric motor with a variable-speed drive, users can maximise the efficiency of the process and reduce energy consumption by as much as 60%. For example, by matching a pump’s speed to the load and running it at 80% instead of full speed can actually halve energy consumption.

Gibbons Engineering Group is a founder member of the Authorized Value Provider scheme, meaning we’re specially approved to supply, install and offer associated services for ABB drives. So for more information on the massive energy-saving potential offered by variable-speed drives, call Alan Roberts on 07966 468430 or email

Variable-Speed Drives, Electric Motors

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