Bonfiglioli is a worldwide designer, manufacturer and distributor of a complete range of gearmotors, drive systems, planetary gearboxes and inverters, which satisfy the most challenging and demanding needs in industrial automation, mobile machinery and renewable energy. 

The company serves more industries and applications than any other drive manufacturer including Discrete Manufacturing and Process Industries; Mechatronic and Motion Systems; and Mobility and Wind Industries – embodying the expertise and experience of years in these respective industries. 

As a strategic partner to Motion Australia, Bonfiglioli works hard to provide premium motor solutions to the industrial manufacturing sector in Australia and New Zealand that are aligned with the most up-to-date global standards. 

Adopting a new standard 

In response to the new international energy efficiency standards and guidelines that came into effect in 2020, Bonfiglioli launched their BXN motor series to Australia and New Zealand. 

According to Neil Pollington, Country Manager for Bonfiglioli New Zealand, the standards being implemented abroad are important for local manufacturers who export their machinery, as well as for local customers who are focussing on improving their energy efficiency.

When looking to invest in new motors for their equipment, Neil urges local manufacturers to stay ahead of the curve. “For those doing upgrades or installing new systems, it’s imperative that you keep in mind that the energy efficiency standards in overseas countries have changed,” he says. 

“Much of our manufacturing is exported so it’s important that OEMs remain on top of the standards and comply when exporting to countries like the U.S. and Europe that have already adopted these standards.”

The energy evolution explained 

Previously, Bonfiglioli’s BN (IE1 then BE2 and BX) motor range was the standard series, but the new BXN series represents an evolution in the company’s range of IE3 motors. 

“In the past, international regulations have stated that if a motor was under a certain size, it could remain a IE1 motor but regulations have since changed and all motors now must be an IE3 model. As a result, BXN has come to the fore as the new standard” says Neil. 

“Of course, there were always exceptions to the rules,” he continues. “For instance, if you had a Variable Speed Drive (VSD) then you could have an IE2 motor, but this has since changed to require an IE3 motor as well.”

And while the new energy efficiency standards and guidelines have not yet become official in Australia and New Zealand policies, in 2022 Bonfiglioli is pleased to be ahead of the game. 

“We have local stock of our 1.2kW to 1.5kW BXN range on hand and are ready to service the market,” says Neil. He adds that what separates the BXN range from competing products is its ability to handle a full range of voltages. “Most motors can only handle two or three different voltages– whereas ours can handle 50 to 60 hertz.” 

In addition to quick installation and multi voltage capabilities, the IP56-rated IE3 motors offer a large terminal box on the side of the motor, Neil explains. 

“Many customers had problems including all the cabling in the motor through a small area, so we developed a larger terminal box based to provide more room. As a result, the motors are easier to access, require fewer hours of labour, and the risk of faults or cables being damaged is significantly less.”   

To learn more about acquiring Bonfiglioli’s energy efficient IE3 approved motors, visit your local Motion Australia branch and speak to a technical representative today.