Drives for fans in food and beverage applications

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Drives for fans

Win energy savings with variable speed fan control

As energy becomes increasingly expensive, variable speed control of electrical motors has proven to be one of the most effective cost-reducing measures available. For example, by reducing the average speed of the fan motor from 100% to 80%, 50% energy is saved. Reducing the average speed by 50% increases the savings to 80%.

In addition to saving energy, fans benefit from dedicated drive features such as the ‘skip resonance’ function. This improves comfort levels by avoiding frequencies that create noise and damage.

Reliable fan control can maintain specific air pressure and ensures a consistently hygienic environment for food and beverage operations. Condenser fan control gives a range of advantages including reduced charge of refrigerant, less build-up of dirt on the condenser, and the ability to run a floating setpoint for energy savings.

For hygienic environments, Danfoss drives are available with enclosures designed to resist daily washdown.

See how Arla Foods Ingredients saves energy on fan and pump applications

VLT® drives ensure maximum uptime, high precision, and cut Arla’s energy demand – also benefiting customers.


  • VLT® AutomationDrive FC 301 / FC 302
    VLT® AutomationDrive FC 301 / FC 302

    The VLT® AutomationDrive FC301 / FC302 is designed for variable speed control of all asynchronous motors and permanent magnet motors. It comes in a standard version (FC301) and an advanced high dynamic version (FC302) with additional functionalities.

  • Enhanced VLT® HVAC Drive FC 102
    VLT® HVAC Drive FC 102

    This tough and savvy FC102 drive enhances pump and fan applications in building management systems, and runs outdoors in most climates.

Case studies

  • Gunn Hill Cheese
    VFD's are Secret Ingredient for Artisan Cheese Maker

    Recipes for cheese are thousands of years old, passed down through generations and crossing continents —like the Swiss cheese recipes used by Shep Ysselstein, owner and “grand fromage” of Gunn’s Hill Cheese in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada.

  • Danfoss DrivePro® services make success extra sweet
    Danfoss DrivePro® services make success extra sweet

    Uptime is critical for the Rajarambapu co-operative sugar factory. DrivePro® services help maintain it.

  • Up to 15% energy savings for Arla
    Up to 15% energy savings for Arla

    Highest quality lactose pays off – also for the end user

  • Arla Food saves 5–15% energy
    Arla Food saves 5–15% energy

    More than 600 VLT® AutomationDrives are controlling hundreds of pumps, fans and evaporators to save energy and reduce costs.

  • Gostol-Gopan’s energy consumption halved
    Gostol-Gopan’s energy consumption halved

    The VLT® AutomationDrive FC 302 optimizes baking time and decreases centrifugal fan speed by 20% to halve energy consumption.