AC Kinetics Motor Drive Software for Reduced Energy and Improved Performance

By Neil Singer

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AC Kinetics' new proprietary motor drive algorithms increase AC induction motor performance and energy efficiency simultaneously, resulting in a significant reduction in air pollution.

 

Short description of your technology

AC Kinetics' new proprietary motor drive algorithms increase AC induction motor performance and energy efficiency simultaneously, overcoming a major industry roadblock. The algorithms reside in the firmware of a motor drive, and run in real time on standard drive hardware for consumer, industrial, and transportation motorized equipment. The AC Kinetics drive algorithms can be integrated seamlessly with AC drive products currently available from major manufacturers. Based on our hardware-proven nonlinear optimization algorithms, the drive software automatically configures itself to a particular motor and application, eliminating the suboptimal performance and energy usage associated with hand tuning. Motor energy consumption is minimized for the same work output at all operating points, while dynamic performance is increased.

 

What is the key element of your technology that differentiates it from existing solutions

The AC Kinetics motor drive software (ACKS) allows, for the first time, use of an energy-saving drive in applications requiring high performance or insensitivity to unpredicted changes in load. ACKS does not compromise performance for energy efficiency. A new control architecture was designed to minimize energy consumption while providing for excellent dynamic performance. By optimizing the nonlinear dynamics of the motor, ACKS achieves the highest energy savings while improving both transient performance and disturbance rejection. Compared to several well-recognized drive brands, the ACKS solution uses up to 50% less energy during transients and 10% less energy in the steady state, while tracking references more precisely and being superior in rejecting disturbances, without hand tuning.

 

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AC Kinetics

 

Primary Contact

 

  • Neil Singer

    Neil Singer, PhD is the President and founder of AC Kinetics, Inc., a company headquartered in Armonk, New York. Dr. Singer is an optimization expert specializing in dynamic systems. Dr. Singer received his SB in 1983, SM in 1985 and PhD in 1989, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Mechanical Engineering department. His research activities are in the fields of machine design, dynamics, control and optimization of dynamic systems. Dr. Singer has published 39 technical papers, holds 19 patents, and his Input Shaping® technology for machine vibration reduction is taught in dozens of universities and used in millions of machines worldwide. He has also taught several courses at MIT.

 

 

Team Members

 

  • Kenneth Pasch

    Research Scientist

    Kenneth Pasch, PhD, P.E, is a research scientist at AC Kinetics, Inc. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer with expertise in electromechanical modeling and design, systems integration and control, and optimization. He has experience in both commercial and military applications, e.g. optimizing computer disk drive servo operations, design of advanced active prosthetic and orthotic devices, and applying vibration reduction algorithms to precision machines. He received his SC.D.M.E., M.S.M.E., and B.Sc M.E. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Pasch has published six technical papers, holds 12 patents and has taught courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Tufts University.

  • Mark Tanquary

    Senior Engineer

    Mark Tanquary is a senior engineer at AC Kinetics, Inc. He specializes in the design and implementation of high-performance data acquisition systems. Throughout his career, he has designed instrumentation for many applications from precise semiconductor fabrication equipment to large, earth moving machines. Mr. Tanquary received his S.B. in 1976 and S.M. in 1978, both in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds eight patents and has taught courses in instrumentation at MIT and Northeastern University.

  • John A. Granata

    Project Engineer

    John Granata is a project engineer at AC Kinetics, Inc. He received his MEng and a SB in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a researcher at MIT, Mr. Granata developed induction motor control algorithms, focusing on their practical implementation and performance. He was also a member of the MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team (SEVT) working on their electronics design. Previously Mr. Granata designed, implemented, and refined Brain-Computer Interface communication software for disabled patients at NYSDOH in Albany, NY.

  • Stuart Landow

    Director of Business Development

    Stuart Landow is Director of Business Development at AC Kinetics, Inc. He has more than 30 years of business management and marketing experience in both the consumer and industrial goods industries. As an expert in advanced technologies commercialization, Mr. Landow manages all facets of AC Kinetics business development, including analyzing markets, marketing strategy, raising capital and overseeing the legal and IP protection processes. Mr. Landow was formerly the Senior Vice President of Purolator Products, marketing consultant to many multi-national consumer and industrial entities, and Chief Executive Officer of Top Source Technologies, a technology development and marketing company that he listed on the American Stock Exchange. Mr. Landow holds a BS in Marketing from Farleigh Dickinson University, and he served as an officer in the US Military.

 

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