The New EuroDEEM 2002 Package (Last updated - March 2003)
The EuroDEEM approach
It is worth reminding that the project is aimed at developing a tool which not only includes databases of various Electric Motor System components (i.e. motors, end-use devices (e.g. pumps, fans, etc.), coupling & transmission, control (VSD's) and power quality devices) but also associated modules which should allow the user to carry-out system analysis and make him/her aware of system inefficiencies, identify losses and suggest possible solutions.
This doesn't mean that EuroDEEM can be considered a detailed design tool. Its usefulness consists mainly in:
- making it possible to compare products of various manufacturers on the same basis
- identifying and ranking a number of energy efficient motor components
- testing and comparing different system configurations for energy efficiency purposes
- providing the user with a software that can be used to manage his/her motor components by means of the inventory part.
EuroDEEM does not want to repeat or compete with already well established and more sophisticated tools, but wants to provide an easy and user friendly tool for a wider understanding of energy related issues.
The goal of EuroDEEM is to give a comprehensive and somehow analytical view of the energy saving opportunities, through the analysis of the whole Motor-system drive chain, including end-use devices.
The basic features of EuroDEEM
EuroDEEM permit to catalogue motor system data from one or more companies into an inventory database, and perform preliminary energy and economic analysis of the whole Electric Motor System (including Variable Speed Drives, Transmission and Control Devices).
A big effort was made in the design of the EuroDEEM interface and features to make it user friendly.
- Few easy commands and text insertion were made very intuitive
- Secondly, all the usual Windows features, like "Drag & Drop", "Cut, Copy, and Paste", Help Captions were implemented to guide the user with a familiar layout.
A Windows Explorer-like interface as the container of all information, databases, and analysis tools was chosen.
The reason for this choice relies on the following ideas:
- The Explorer has become a very familiar and user-friendly interface on Windows based machines.
- The Directory - Sub Directory structure of the interface is very useful for containing all database information in different sub-directories.
- The user can view all information in one single screen shot.
- All common Windows features (e.g. Drag & Drop, Copy & Paste) can be easily accessed.
- The user can easily switch between different databases (Electric motors, VSDs, Transmission devices) and can easily browse the content of the Company Inventory (view Electric Motor Systems in each Company Department or Facility).
- Software upgrades and new databases can easily be added in future.
In addition to the initial database of Electric Motors, five new databases had been conceived (Company Inventory, Utility Database, Project Database, Variable Speed Drives, and Transmission Devices) and developed.
New tools had been added to enhance the usability of the software:
- Catalogue Motor Find tool, selecting through manufacturers, number of poles, motor power, motor torque, motor frame, etc.
- Inventory Motor Find tool, selecting through manufacturers, number of poles, motor power, motor torque, motor frame, motor load, energy consumption, etc.
- A full featured Wizard for guiding the user through the different tools and databases. The wizard is intended to help and guide the user in the selection of the best available motors for specific applications, in replace or rewind analysis for Inventory Motor Systems, in inserting new motor systems into the Inventory Database, and in browsing the Electric Motor System Catalogue and the Company Inventory.
- In the Company Inventory Database some analysis tools are placed for checking and calculating energy losses due to bad control systems, or motor oversizing (system efficiency and motor load factor).