Energy saving is not only for consumers. Increasingly, industrial equipment will need to be optimized for low energy consumption and maximum efficiency. Mainsprings are energy prices - and upcoming EC rules.
At the risk of repeating myself: Energy saving is not yet considered enough in the minds of industrial electronics developers. With constantly climbing prices, energy consumption and, by the way, material consumption as well, will become an even more paramount aspect in the development process of industrial control designers. The European Commission is about to expand their respective ruling activities beyond private consumers; industry equipment is getting into the crosshairs of their experts. In EC circles discussions are already under way aiming at introducing rules to automatically switch off idling machines.
Industry control designers can do attack the high energy consumption on two levels: First, they can optimize the appliances, machines and systems they design for low power consumption " by choosing low-power components, or by implementing energy-saving operation modes. And since in many cases they design machines or equipment which in turn will be used to produce other goods, they can optimize the production processes for lower energy consumption and for better material utilization.
Engineers should start do think this way now and keep this aspect always in mind. The EC sooner or later will come up with more severe rules. Then the ones who already have concepts how to optimize the overall power consumption will win at the market. And not only for the sake of tighter standard, but also for the sake of the market: With further climbing energy costs, customers certainly will take a closer look to these costs before they sign their orders.