Nucor Steel Upgrades Motors with VFDs, Reduces Energy and Water Usage

Nucor Steel Adopts Use of VFDs

Automation World, July 10, 2014

With all the focus on energy efficiency in manufacturing over the past decade and a half, it’s become common knowledge that motors are the devices responsible for most of the industry’s energy use. Now consider those motors being applied in one of the more energy intensive manufacturing industries—steel making—and you’re looking at some seriously intense energy consumption.

At the Siemens Automation Summit 2014, Adam Spece, environmental and electrical leader at Nucor Steel, shared his recent experience replacing a two-speed motor with a one-speed motor and variable frequency drives (VFDs) at the company’s Jewett, Texas, facility.

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