Flux Drive's SmartCOUPLING (FSC) product line provides adjustable fixed speed control for energy savings, while delivering valuable additional maintenance benefits.
Designed as a drop-in replacement for grid, gear, elastomeric, and other flexible couplings, the FSC transfers torque across an air gap by means of magnetic induction — completely isolating a motor from the driven load. Excessive vibration and torsional forces are nearly eliminated, reducing expensive downtime from severe misalignment, failed bearings, seals, broken shafts or damaged couplings. Locked rotor current at start-up is also limited, potentially reducing costly utility demand charges (kW) on electric motor driven applications including constant torque loads like conveyors, compressors, and positive displacement pumps and blowers.
For applications such as centrifugal pumps, fans and blowers the FSC is also the only coupling that provides significant energy savings (kWh) through load speed/flow reduction. Simple SmartPOWER™ adjustment spacers decrease the coupling effect of the permanent magnets, giving operators the ability to extend soft-start duration and/or reduce the fixed operating speed by up to 50%. Since the FSC follows the Laws of Affinity on centrifugal system loads, trimming the load speed by just 10% could result in over 20% in energy (kWh) savings in pump and blower applications!
Flux Drive's ASD product line provides full dynamic adjustable speed control for maximum energy savings and process control. Based on Flux Drive's patented technology, the ASDs allow for varying amounts of overlap between the permanent magnet portion of the drive (typically connected to the motor) and the inductrion rotor portion (typically connected to the load). The two sides are separated by an air gap, thus allowing for cushioned start, vibration reduction and misalignment correction.
During ASD operation, the motor is allowed to operate at its rated speed, but load speed can be reduced by up to 70%. On centrifual loads, the slower load speed will "unloads” the motor, resulting in lower amperage and kW consumption.
Another product, the Manual Adjust Belt Pulley Drive (MBP) is available for fixed speed control if dynamical speed adjustment isn't necessary.