Aseptic drives

Food manufacturers need to ensure that the cleanliness of their production lines is maintained to the highest standard to avoid contamination of product. Aseptic drives are carefully designed for applications where regular washdowns are required to maintain a clean environment. The motor is designed so that a fan and cooling ribs are not required, thereby allowing for a completely smooth outer casing with a non-drive end which is sealed. This eliminates any dirt traps on the motor casing and also prevents re-infection of the local environment caused by air movement from a cooling fan. The design also includes a very high level of ingress protection, up to IP69K, which is a special designation for washdown applications involving high pressure, high temperature water. In addition, the aseptic drive is painted using an acid and alkali resistant formula, which can withstand chemicals with a pH range of 2 – 12. As a result the new drive system can withstand the cleansing solutions and disinfectants that are commonly used within the food industry without affecting its performance. A combination of aseptic motor/gearbox packages has been developed with variable frequency drives (VFDs) to enable a very efficient package to be installed. The majority of the drives use 0.75kW motors, with some smaller 0.55kW units and most of these, nearly 80%, are coupled to the BK20 hollow shaft bevel gearboxes. When installing a large number of motors onto a production line, it is important to maintain high energy efficiency so that the return on investment can be minimized. All of the aseptic motors from Bauer are rated IE3 energy efficiency class and when combined with the VFD they can deliver optimum energy consumption and running costs. By designing a system with a large number of common components, the engineers were also able to minimize the spare parts inventory while still ensuring the most energy efficient and reliable design. In addition to this, the motor itself is equipped with thermistors and class F insulation, which makes it suitable for control by VFD and the thermistor connections are combined with the motor connections in a stainless steel, round connector which allows quick and simple motor connection while still maintaining the hygienic aspect of the design.


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