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EU MEPS: 5-step plan for compliance

The latest update to the EU MEPS (European Minimum Energy Performance Standard) regulations for electric motors comes into effect on 1 January 2017 – less than six months away. From that day, motors rated at 0.75 – 375 kW must be classed as IE3 efficiency, or IE2 if connected to a variable-speed drive.

The last EU MEPS update, in January 2015, saw many firms put off upgrading their equipment until the last minute and risk missing the deadline. Ensure you’ve made any necessary changes in plenty of time with this five-step guide.

1. Motor inventory appraisal

Check all spare electric motors on your site, removing any IE1 models. Replace these with motors rated at a minimum of IE2, but ideally IE3. Keeping records of all electric motors in stock makes this process much easier, so if you do not have such a system, it’s advisable to put one in place for future changes in legislation.

2. Assessment of installed motors

Carry out a review of all installed motors on site and correctly dispose of any IE1 models. Upgrade to IE3 or IE2 if combined with a VSD.

3. Notify your electric motor supplier

Contact your motor supplier and inform them that you wish to phase out your IE2 stock (unless being used with a VSD) and receive IE3 motors in future.

4. Budget for upgrading

Whether you’re upgrading to IE3 motors or purchasing VSDs to control IE2 models, you will need budget for the new equipment. Calculate how many motors are to be replaced and discuss costs with your supplier before committing to an order.

5. Update your motor management system

If more than one person orders electric motors in your business, it’s important that your motor management policy contains up-to-date information on regulations such as EU MEPS.

Here at Gibbons, we understand that keeping on top of the latest motor legislation can be challenging. That’s why we have a team of expert engineers on hand to deliver a comprehensive motor upgrade service, from initial assessment through to installation and commissioning.

Plus, as an authorised value provider for ABB drives, we’re approved to supply and install VSDs for all motor-driven applications. We’ll analyse your process and make an informed recommendation on your best course of action – advising on whether it’s more economical for you to use an IE3 motor or an IE2 model with a variable-speed drive.

For more information, give us a call on 01621 868138 or email and one of our expert engineers will be happy to help. 

Variable-Speed Drives, Electric Motors

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