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Launch of Japan’s First Speed Reducers with Highly Efficient Motor

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 | Permalink

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The problem of global warming is becoming serious, leading to an emphasis on the need for further action to conserve energy. Regulations regarding the efficiency of motors are being enhanced by international standards in a phased manner, primarily in Europe and the United States. Also some countries prohibit the sale of motors with an energy loss that exceeds 25%. Similar regulations are also currently being considered in Japan.

Speed reducers with a motor are used in a broad range of applications, such as the drive source for a variety of machinery in general industrial machinery, environmental machinery, water and sewer facilities, food processing machinery, amusement park machinery and welfare related equipment, to name a few. In the manufacturing industry in particular, about 70% or more of the electricity consumed in manufacturing plants is used to power motors. To increase the efficiency of the motor, which is the driving component, is an essential undertaking for reducing energy consumption.

The soon to be launched speed reducers with a highly efficient motor are the result of a thorough review of energy loss in the core section of motors. As a consequence, we succeeded in reducing energy losses by an average of about 10% in terms of power supply specifications, not only for Japan but for other countries around the world. We also reviewed the costs and were able to achieve a reduction in costs by an average of about 25% in the motor component. Highly efficient motors, unlike standard motors, require more initial investment. Since reductions to the running costs are likely through energy savings, it is possible to recover additional costs in a short period of time, depending on the usage conditions.

We intend to provide our new speed reducers with a highly efficient motor, which we recently developed in response to the needs of our customers, through the enhancement of sales in various industrial fields within and outside Japan.

Features
1. Cleared requirements for Class IE2 of the IEC-60034-30 standard of the International Electrotechnical Commission.
A performance that satisfies the regulations of countries around the world was achieved by clearing the efficiency standard for Class IE2 of IEC-60034-30, which is the global standard for high efficiency motors in the future.
2. Acquired high efficiency certification based on the Korean KS Standard.
The Korean Government is currently considering the implementation of a “Regulation for the Efficiency of Motors”, ahead of Europe and other regions, where such enforcement is also being considered for the future. We were successful as the first motor manufacturer from Japan to acquire certification for this standard.
3. A massive reduction in price was implemented, with the aim of promoting popularization.
We were not only concerned about complying with regulations but we also aimed to popularize these products by implementing a massive reduction in price, in order to contribute towards the prevention of global warming in the future.

Example cost recovery for investment through lower running costs
(Example) The difference in price between a standard 2.2 kW motor and a highly efficient motor: JPY11,000.
The difference in efficiency between a standard motor and a highly efficient motor: Approximately 4%, based on 10 hour of operation per day, operating for 300 days per year.
Calculated with a cost unit of JPY16 per 1 kWh, the recovery for higher investment costs can be completed in about two years, through lower running costs.

Equipment configuration
Motor output: 0.75 kW to 30 kW, four-pole.

Principal applications
Logistics and distribution machinery, environmental machinery, water and sewer facilities, general industrial machinery, food processing machinery, agricultural machinery, amusement park machinery, welfare related equipment, as well as other automation machinery, which use three-phase power sources.

Price
(Product pricing example) For a Cyclo Speed Reducer with a 0.75 kW power consumption and a speed reducing ratio of 15:
(New product) Highly efficient motor specification: JPY64,800 (consumption tax excluded).
(Existing product) Highly efficient motor specification: JPY72,400 (consumption tax excluded).

Sales target
5,000 units per year (for FY2010).

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Used Amusement Park Equipment: How Much Should I Expect To Pay?

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 | Permalink

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With financial times being so hard on everybody no one is buying anything “brand-spankin’ new” these days. When it comes to Used Amusement Park Equipment shopping around is your best bet.

What should you expect to pay for different kinds of Used Amusement Park Equipment? Firstly, it depends on the equipment itself. Obviously, a boom truck will cost you more than a soda machine. Secondly, the brand and year of the equipment must be taken into consideration. Older equipment manufactured by some unknown company will cost less than newer equipment which has been manufactured by a recognized company. Shipping is another factor that must be taken into consideration. If the piece of Used Amusement Park Equipment you were searching for happens to be out of the USA, then you must consider maritime shipping expenses.

Transport Equipment
Trailers, trucks and boom trucks fall in the transport category of Used Amusement Park Equipment. A factor which affects the price of trailers and trucks, aside from the year and model, is the size. Another factor which influences the pricing of this Used Amusement Park Equipment will be whether it has been refurbished and when. Normally, older trucks which have been recently refurbished may cost you anywhere between $30 to $40 thousand dollars. For an older tractor with a generator expect to pay as low as $15 thousand dollars. Your basic transport trailer, depending on the age, size and condition, may cost you as low as $2 thousand.

Food Preparation/Sale Related Equipment
The pricing on this type of Used Amusement Park Equipment will depend on the complexity and number of functions, and model. Naturally, newer models will cost more than older ones and, a multi-purpose one such as a piece of equipment which will bake and fry will cost you more than a simple hot dog machine. For example, a Quik n’ Crispy machine (bakes, fries and grills using only hot air) with 208V/240V, EC Model will cost you approximately $3 thousand (before taxes) while the GE5 Model of same voltage will cost you approximately $6 thousand, before taxes.

Display Equipment
Equipment in this category not only includes displays of retail goods but, also self-serve foodstuff. Used Amusement Park Equipment of this nature may be bought directly from the seller but, also from brokers who at times also sell an assortment of equipment in bulk. Brokers also have numerous connections in the industry and may also assist you in finding a better deal than the one you found on your own. It is recommended that you check them out also to see if you can obtain a better deal.

Expect to pay approximately $90 (before taxes) for used wall shelving measuring 4 feet in length. Because Used Amusement Park Equipment dealing with foodstuffs involves refrigeration expect to pay anywhere from $1 to $2 thousand dollars.

Whether you are considering purchasing a trailer or a fryer first ensure that you check out its availability as Used Amusement Park Equipment either through a broker or directly from the seller. You will be saving yourself a substantial amount of money!

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