IE3 Motors –– Best Ways to Save Energy and Reduce Cost

IE3 Motors

One of the most commonly used equipment especially in the construction and manufacturing sector is the IE3 electric motor. IE stands for “International Efficiency” and 1,2,3 are the classes of this global energy efficiency standard. But improper usage and poor maintenance can make even these premium quality motors a burden. In this blog, we take you through some of the best ways to save energy and reduce costs with your IE3 motors. 

What is an Electric Motor?

An electric motor simply is a device that converts electric energy into mechanical energy. This mechanical energy can then be used to power a wide range of tasks such as drilling or pumping.

Tips to Save Money and Cost With an Electric Motor

Now let’s quickly go through some effective tips to improve the energy efficiency of your electric motor and save some precious units and money.

1. Regular inspection

An electric motor mostly falls prey to low resistance due to the deterioration of the winding insulation as a result of corrosion, overheating, or physical damage. Subsequently, leaks and short circuits can lead to frequent breakdowns. Regularly inspecting the insulation is therefore of utmost importance.

2. Selection of the Motor

Induction motors are best suited for a variety of applications that require continuous duty like centrifugal pumps, blowers, lifts, compressors, and textile mills. Likewise a wide variety of motors, that is, reversible, torque or synchronous are best suited for a unique set of tasks given their design characteristics. Select the right motor after thorough research for the highest efficiency.

3. Application of Motor

Whether your applications are fixed speed or variable speed will also make a difference to your energy efficiency plan. Wherever possible, use adjustable speed drives (ASDs) or two-speed motors. These can reduce consumption when the task doesn’t require uniform levels of energy.

4. Sizing of the Motor

A motor is at its highest efficiency when it operates at near full load conditions. As soon as the load drops, even the efficiency of the newest high-efficient motor set will go down. Normally, a slightly oversized motor is recommended for a particular application.

5. Invest in IE3 Energy Efficient Motors

As already explained, IE3 motors are the premium standard motors in terms of energy efficiency globally.  These energy-saving motors are a result of improved design, better materials, and higher tolerance.

6. Understand the Energy Use

An electric motor converts electrical energy into heat and rotational energy. But understand the difference between motor load (torque) and motor speed. Slow motors that have to carry heavy loads consume much more energy as compared to fast motors with fewer or no loads.

7. Reduce Wear and Tear

Downtime caused due to wear and tear can be quite expensive. Strong early currents can cause a lot of wear because of the stress created on the system. It is best to use soft starters to reduce wear and tear and increase the lifespan of the motor.
For more details on energy savings on your electric motor, or about our range of products like Crompton motors, Bharat Bijlee motors, and Kirloskar motors, speak to our experts at 022 43436655 or email us at VEMC is one of the leading motor dealers in Mumbai with a  special prowess in industrial motors and energy-saving motors.

What is Net Energy Metering & how it helps to Save Energy?

Net Energy Metering to Save Energy

Businesses and homeowners generating their own electricity using solar may have some surplus energy that they can sell by feeding it into the grid. With net metering, this amount is offset against their current bill from their electricity provider. As solar power becomes increasingly popular, more and more customers are likely to benefit from the concept of net metering which is great for households and businesses, as well as the environment at large. Net metering is such an attractive concept, solar EPC companies in Mumbai and beyond are receiving endless queries about it. So in this blog, let’s simply explain what it is all about, and how it can benefit you.

What is net metering?

Net metering is a billing system wherein users of solar energy are credited for the electricity that they add to the grid. A user may not use the entire amount of electricity generated by the solar power system, especially during the day. If the house is net-metered, the solar net meter will run backward to provide credit for the electricity used at night or other peak usage periods. Customers are charged only for the “net” usage, and the exported electricity is used to serve nearby customers.

How net metering works

The solar power system of a customer is connected to the electricity grid through the main service panel and the power meter. When the solar system generates surplus electricity, it is transferred to the main grid through a bi-directional solar net meter. Sending out electricity reverses the meter from its normal direction. 

The simple billing mechanism of net metering is that customer only pays the bill for the “net” electricity consumed, that is, the difference between the power purchased from the electricity provider and the power returned to the grid. 

How it helps monetarily

Net metering is a great way to put a financial value on the surplus electricity generated by your solar power system. 

  • It brings down consumers’ cost of energy because the value of the surplus power exported is offset against that consumed. This can slash consumers’ electricity bills significantly.
  • No investment is required in an expensive battery bank. This is because net metering allows consumers to use the grid itself as a huge power bank that stores surplus power. A small backup should be enough for power outages.
  • The main components of a net metering system are solar modules and an inverter. Both components are highly easy and inexpensive to maintain, as there are no moving parts and hence little wear and tear. Modules in fact have a pretty long warranty period and are manufactured from semiconductor material. These are mostly protected by tempered glass.
  • With net metering, you can capture vital information like the consumption and export of electricity. This can help you understand your usage patterns and select just the right plans from your electricity provider. This can make your consumption more streamlined, efficient and cost-effective. 

For further information on net metering or any solar project, get in touch with VEMC at 022 43436655 or email us at We are one of the top solar installation company in Mumbai. You can also get in touch with us for solar power installation in Mumbai and beyond, and benefit from our excellent service.

A Pump Energy Audit By VEMC Lead To Substantial Savings For Its Customer

Pump Energy Audit for savings

An energy audit can be a great way to rein in the energy costs of your pump. This is not just important for businesses but also for the global society at large. Greater energy costs can severely hamper our efforts to create a more pollution-free and sustainable world. As per audit statistics, up to 60% energy that pumps consume can be saved. Replacing old pumps or spares after the energy audit can therefore save an incredible amount of energy. VEMC has unparalleled experience and expertise in energy audits and helps its clients remain efficient, cost-effective, and highly competitive in the market.

The procedure of the energy audit:

They say, “what cannot be measured, cannot be managed”. When going for client audits, VEMC measures three parameters: flow, differential head, and electricity consumed.

  • The flow is measured using a clamp-on ultrasonic flow meter.
  • Two pressure gauges installed at suction and discharge help measure the differential head.
  • A simple power meter can help measure the amount of electricity used by the pump.

VEMC provides measurement accuracy of up to +/-3%.

Assessment plan:

  • On-site inspection of pumping systems with relevant equipment
  • Collecting and punching data for parameters like flow, differential head, and energy consumed.
  • Generating reports that highlight current and potential areas of energy saving
  • Presentation of observation and implementation of the energy optimization regime

Performance assessment of pumps:

On one energy audit, VEMC found that the efficiency of the condenser pumps of a client was on the lower side. We recommended the following to the client:

  • Replace the rotating assembly for energy savings
  • Replace the 250 kW motor with an IE4 motor of the same capacity. These are more efficient, would reduce energy consumption, and boost output.
  • Since the pumps were operating 24/7, Corrocoat was the impeller for energy optimization.
  • Change the discharge line valves to control the discharge pressure of the pump as per the requirement

Carrying out these recommendations would cost the client a maximum of Rs. 29 lakhs (cost of rotating assembly = Rs. 12 lakhs, and IE4 motor up to Rs. 17 lakhs.)

Carrying out these recommendations had a significant impact on energy saving as well as cost-cutting.

  • The estimated savings in terms of flow at 32 m head of the same pump was 1820 cum/hr.
  • Likewise, the power consumed was reduced from 196 to 194.34 kW, which is an 8% energy saving.
  • The total energy saving of the condenser pump was 119084 per annum, which given the costs per unit (Rs. 10) translated into monetary savings of Rs. 1190840.
  • Given the savings, the Rs. 29 lakh investment on the pump was estimated to get paid back within a period of just 21.2 months or 1.8 years.

It is very clear that a VEMC energy audit shows remarkable energy-saving and cost-optimization results. To get your first pump energy audit conducted, get in touch with us at 022 43436655 or email us at

Here are a Few Ways to Make Your Solar Installation Absolutely Safe & Secure

Safe And Secure Solar Installation

Solar energy is the future and a lot of homes are opting for it hoping to cut back on their electricity bills and receiving an uninterrupted power supply. But solar power installation must be done with a number of safety prerequisites in mind. The best solar company will take into account all factors like your building infrastructure like space or roofing and electrical connections before installation.

From the Electrical Point of View:

Before getting in touch with a solar energy company, track and keep a record of your monthly bills and the power drawn by your electrical appliances. You can do this using the energy calculator apps online. Usually, the monthly consumption in a typical urban household is 1-5 kW. Depending on your electricity needs, choose a solar power system of the right size. Standard solar panels have a 250 Wp (Watt peak) configuration, while larger panels can go up to 300 Wp depending upon the requirement.

Make sure the installer is connecting all the electrical wiring carefully and without leaving any glitches behind. A qualified engineer must supervise the process of routing the cables and it must be ensured that the cable is not damaged. Never touch the electrical wiring or contacts without proper protection gear or insulation.

The PV cells generate electricity by converting the sun’s energy, and the inverter converts the Direct Current (DC) from the panel into Alternating Current (AC). In case the components are “live” with electricity generated from the sun, they can cause an arc-flash electricity shock leading to severe injury or death. Make sure the system is properly earthed to prevent any such situations.

Make sure your solar power company is doing enough to protect your cables, say by using a flexible metal conduit when wiring through walls or if they are exposed to sun and rain outdoors.

Identify the Roof Structure, Type, and Material of the Roof:

Before you go for solar power installation, ensure that your roof offers ample space, has the right structure, and is made of robust material. Otherwise, mounting a heavy solar panel system can cause serious damage to your roof and accidental injuries to your family. Roof space is one of the primary factors to consider in metros, and is given the highest importance for instance by solar EPC companies in Mumbai.

The best roof for installing solar panels is a composite asphalt shingle roof. But by and large, solar panels are viable on most roof types except for wood shake roofs. The roof must ideally face south but in a country like India, as long as you have space for the panels, you’re good to go. Most places receive ample sunlight during the day irrespective of the direction of the roof.

When it comes to the ideal roof design for solar panels, the only rule is ‘simpler the better’. Roofs with lots of tiers, pipes, chimneys, and skylights can complicate the installation effort manifold.

If your roof is old or dilapidated, make sure you replace it before the installation. The old roof may not just be dangerous, it will cost double to dismount and then remount the panels when you eventually plan to replace it.

VEMC is a leading solar installation company. For solar panel installation in Mumbai, or for any information on solar power installation, feel free to get in touch at 022 43436655 or email us at

How to Install Mechanical Seal in an End Suction Centrifugal Pump

End Suction Centrifugal Pump

Centrifugal pumps have a rotating shaft that sticks out from the back of the pump casing through a seal chamber or stuffing box. The mechanical seal is needed to prevent fluid from leaking into the atmosphere along this shaft. Failure of these mechanical seals can have serious implications for the pump’s safety and reliability. It is therefore very important to install the seal properly.

How a Mechanical Seal Works in an End Suction Centrifugal Pump

A mechanical seal needs two smooth and flat seal faces in contact, one that is rotating with the shaft and another that is stationary with the casing. The faces are sealed to their holders using secondary seals. These are flexible so that they’re placed in contact and move to compensate for any misalignments or wear and tear. The faces however need lubrication to function at their best.

Steps for Installing a Mechanical Seal in Centrifugal Pumps

Here are 7 simple steps to follow when you are installing or replacing a mechanical seal in end suction centrifugal pumps:

1. Make sure the power is off

Make sure you cut the power so that the motor is not in motion. It’s even better to be doubly sure by cutting the main supply so that the motor may not start up while you’re working on it. 

2. Isolate the fluid from the pump

Next up, shut both inlet and outlet isolation valves and drain the pump casing by removing the drain plug.

3. Dismantle the pump

Use a wrench to unscrew the bolts holding the housing of the pump in place. Detach the pump carefully and keep the bolts safe for reassembly later.

4. Identify the stuffing box arrangement

If the pump is of the back pull-out design, remove the spacer element in the coupling, remove the casing bolts and pull the pump away from the casing. You can then access the seal without having to disconnect the casing from the piping. 

In case the pump is not a ‘back pull-out design, you’ll have to completely disconnect the pump after you disconnect the coupling between the pump and shaft. If the pump is a close-coupled design, you’ll have to remove the entire pump.

5. Remove the impeller

Dismantle the impeller of the pump. You can find the seal located on the shaft behind the impeller. Detach the shaft by holding it in place using a wrench and then rotate the impeller to unscrew it.

6. Detach the old seal

After removing the impeller, you can access both the rotary and stationary seal parts. The parts are usually held in place with screws all along the shaft. Remove the screw and pull away the rotary seal parts, and then remove the stationary part of the seal.

7. Replace the seal

Now place the replacement seal parts along the shaft. Push the stationary part into the casing using a new o-ring or gasket material. 
For any guidance on your centrifugal pumps, including all your sealing needs, feel free to speak to our experts at 022 43436655 or email us at We at VEMC are authorised Kirloskar dealer based in Mumbai and deal in a range of Kirloskar centrifugal pumps including multistage centrifugal pumps, (also called horizontal multistage pumps).

Compressed Air Industry Trends to Watch in 2023

Compressed Air Industry Trends

As more and more companies become energy and cost-sensitive, compressed air will emerge as one of the most favored ways to power tasks in factories and homes. In this blog, we take you through some of the most significant compressed air trends that customers and air compressor dealers must watch in 2023.

Here are the trends in the compressed air industry to look out for in 2023

1. Demand for Compressed Air Equipment Remains High

Compressed air is often the 3rd or 4th most favored utility in the manufacturing industry. As per a market analysis report, the global air compressor market stood at $32.02 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.4% from 2021 to 2028. Although the growth was somewhat tempered by the pandemic which caused a general slowdown across sectors, the post-pandemic world is ever more focused on energy efficiency, reducing costs, and cutting CO2 emissions. With the growing standard of living especially in the Asia-Pacific region, air compressors will see plenty of demand due to the rising use of air conditioners.

2. Lead Times Remain Longer than Normal – Especially for Steel Parts

A number of factors can affect the lead times of spare parts such as demand, stockouts, shipping delays, inefficient inventory control, and unnecessary processes. An Elgi compressor with its sophisticated design is made up of a number of small and large components. 

When it comes to the spare parts of your air compressors, you might experience longer than normal lead times. This is because most industries are just reopening after the pandemic, and with a sudden spurt in demand, mills will be looking to complete orders of priority sectors ahead of manufacturers of air compressor parts. This being a classic demand-supply problem, might even affect the prices of the spare parts, causing a bit of a concern to customers as well as air compressor dealers.

3. Compressed Air Supply Chains and Prices Are Stabilising

Compressor dealers have witnessed a serious disruption in business due to the pandemic. The complex designs and assemblage of a number of parts sourced from different manufacturers could make logistics for a typical Elgi compressor dealer rather challenging. But as the pandemic ebbs away, the global economy is recovering fast, most Elgi air compressor distributors would expect the supply chains and prices to stabilize once again.

4. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Applications Are Coming for Compressed Air

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will have massive implications for preventative maintenance, performance tracking, and energy efficiency. Air compressors communicating over the internet can share the condition of their parts such as belts and motors. The enormous amount of data produced as a result will be handy in designing energy-efficient and high-performing air compressors. Monitoring will become remote and convenient as parameters like flow, pressure, speed, etc. will be available on mobile devices. 

VEMC is one of the leading ELGi Air Compressor Dealers in Mumbai. For details or any queries on Elgi air compressors, feel free to contact our experts at 022 43436655 or email us at We at VEMC are way ahead of other air compressor dealers with a proven track record of excellence. As the most reliable Elgi dealer, we are committed to swift on-call service and top-class preventative maintenance.

8 Ways To Improve The Efficiency Of Your Compressed Air System

Improve The Efficiency Of Your Compressed Air System

A number of factors can hold back your air compressor from performing optimally and giving you the best results at lower costs. Whether it is your compressed air filter or lubrication, everything must work seamlessly in tandem, enabling you to make the most of your compressor at limited energy inputs.

Here are 8 ways in which you can boost the efficiency of your Elgi air compressors and ensure they work for you.

Understand Lubrication

Like all other equipment in your facility, an air compressor consists of moving parts. To avoid wear and tear on these parts while they’re in action, lubrication is a must! However, both over and under-lubrication can create problems. Also, the quality of the lubricant must be chosen carefully to avoid damage to the machine. This is all the more important if you’re using your compressor in a sensitive line of work such as food processing or confectionery, as it can poison the consumables. Each system requires a specific type or level of lubrication and the safest way out is to go through the user manual and follow the instructions.

Know how Particulates Impact your System

Particulates can enter your Elgi compressor system, hamper its performance or even cause damage to the parts. All of this depends upon the atmosphere where an air compressor is being used and accordingly necessitates the use of a good quality compressed air filter, such as an Elgi air filter.

Prevent Compressor Contamination

Both moisture and particulate matter can be a source of contamination for air compressors. This can cause poor air quality of air being forced out from the compressor or damage to the internal parts of the compressor itself. To avoid this, regular inspection, the use of air dryers, or the right air filter for the compressor, is important.

Cooler Building Temperatures

Both increases and decreases in temperatures can cause the performance of an air compressor to plummet. This can be combated by regulating the temperature of your building using air conditioning, central heating, or natural ventilation.

Reusing the Energy you Create

Sustainable use of air compressors can be ensured by avoiding wastage and making the most of the energy released. Air compressors release a lot of heat as they function. So make sure you tap this heat and utilise it well for some or the other function, in your building.

Keep your System Clean

All mechanised equipment requires regular upkeep and maintenance to ensure optimum performance. Air compressors are no exception. Inspect and replace the compressed air filter frequently and clean the inner parts regularly to keep the system in its best shape.
Whether it is replacing your compressed air filter or scheduling an audit for your compressor system, we can keep a close watch on all your maintenance parameters. We are the leading Elgi air compressor dealers in the country, and pride ourselves on having a rich industry experience of 72 years. So get in touch with VEMC –– the most reliable Elgi compressor dealer in Mumbai out there, and book an audit at 022 43436655 or email us at

When To Add An Air Dryer To Your Compressed Air System

Air Dryer in Compressed Air System
Air Dryer

If you own an air compressor, you must have come across lots of suggestions online or otherwise, of adding an air dryer to it. This is because moisture in compressed air can be quite harmful to your machinery and some moisture-sensitive business operations as well. The degree of harm of course varies from one business operation to another. It can cause moulds or rust to develop over the metallic parts of your equipment (including the air compressor itself) and significantly reduce their working life and also affect their performance. Well, this is where an air dryer comes in!

An air dryer effectively saps the moisture from the compressed air, helps you prolong the life of your machinery, and also performs the tasks at hand perfectly well. In this blog, we take you through all that you need to know about air dryers in your compressed air system. 

What type of air dryer do you need?

Your choice of an air dryer for your compressor depends largely on the function you want it to perform and also your geographic location. Your Elgi compressor dealer in Mumbai will typically take you through the two types of air dryers that use these mechanisms: 

  • Desiccant air dryers: These are best suited for typically cold climes where the risks of freezing are quite high. These air dryers use desiccants such as silica gel or activated alumina which suck the moisture from the air as it passes through the compressor system. These can also be put to effective use in cold storage of pharmaceutical or food processing companies.
  • Refrigerated air dryers: In this type of air dryer, a refrigerant chills the air down to sub-zero temperatures. This freezes any moisture present in the air which is then removed before rewarming the air and pushing it through the piping to finally use it for the operation.

Selecting the right air dryer for your application

Moisture can cause serious damage to your equipment and in fact your air compressor system. But besides that, some business or industrial operations may require absolutely moisture-free operation and atmosphere. According to one estimate, moisture-related damages lead to the discarding of approximately 10% of all containerized goods. For instance, moisture can be a cause of serious losses in confectioneries, dry fruit, or wafer packaging operations. If you’re using a compressor in such facilities, therefore, you must ensure the complete removal of moisture from the compressed air.  Most air compressor dealers will recommend an Elgi air dryer –– a fantastic product that can come to your rescue when it comes to getting rid of unwanted moisture in your compressed air.
Make sure you’re purchasing an Elgi compressor or Elgi air dryer, only from authorised Elgi air compressor dealers who have both the product and the technical expertise for servicing it. VEMC is one highly acclaimed Elgi dealer that deals in both Elgi air dryers as well as Elgi air compressors and has a rich industry experience of over 72 years. If you need help finding the right compressed air dryer for your requirement, feel free to speak to our experts at 022 43436655 or email us at