Vacuum IQ

Vacuum IQ™

Maximize Energy Cost Savings While Extending The Life Of Your Equipment

Vacuum IQ™ can cut energy consumption up to 70%, often more. An electronic motor control and software program designed for motor-driven centrifugal vacuums; Vacuum IQ™ automatically adjusts motor speed to changing load requirements. In addition to dramatic energy savings, Vacuum IQ™ pays for itself by extending equipment life, reducing maintenance and downtime costs, and increasing the productivity of your vacuum area.

Vacuum IQ™ combines the technology of a variable frequency drive (VFD) with AutoVac’s proprietary software


  • Dramatically cut energy costs by reducing energy consumption
  • May earn a rebate from your energy provider for “Going Green” with Vacuum IQTM
  • Reduce maintenance costs and equipment downtime
  • Extend the life of your equipment
  • Return of investment is months, not years
  • Savings continue year after year
  • Reduces vacuum producer dB
  • User-friendly software interface

What is Vacuum IQ™?

Vacuum IQ™ is an electronic motor control and software program designed for motor-driven centrifugal vacuum and pump systems that automatically adjusts motor speed to changing load requirements.

The result is equipment that “thinks” for itself and matches production to demand at any given time. The most significant benefit of Vacuum IQ™ is dramatic energy savings. It also extends equipment life, reduces maintenance and downtime costs, and often increases productivity by matching production with demand at any given time. Vacuum IQ™ combines the technology of a variable frequency drive (VFD) with AutoVac’s proprietary computer programming that is customized for each industrial application; its Windows based operating platform can be interfaced with existing equipment and allows for comprehensive motor control and easy data retrieval.

  • Monitor via the web for troubleshooting and diagnostic purposes
  • Enjoy online control of your motors to perform auto-tunes, test parameter adjustments and simulate events
  • Download and save data to a drive or file
  • Track your exact savings with the built-in cost savings calculator
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Energy Savings Estimator

Obtain bigger savings no matter how small or large your vacuum configuration is.
*Annual savings shown are estimated with national averages. Contact your Sonny’s representative to conduct an assessment for your specific site to evaluate your potential savings.


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How It Works

Once Vacuum IQ™ is installed and programmed for a specific application; the operating speed of the connected motor is varied by changing the frequency of the motor supply voltage. This allows continuous airflow speed control within the parameters of your specific application.

Motor-driven systems are often designed to handle peak loads that have a safety factor. This often leads to energy in efficiency in systems that operate for extended periods at reduced load. The ability to adjust motor speed enables closer matching of motor output to load and results in tremendous energy savings.

Many motor-driven centrifugal vacuum and pump systems operate for extended periods at reduced load with airflow restricted or throttled. In these centrifugal machines, energy consumption is proportional to the cube of the flow rate. Even small reductions in speed and flow can result insignificant energy savings. Vacuum IQ™ can offer significant energy and cost savings by reducing the operating speed when the airflow requirements are lower. Vacuum IQ™ can also increase productivity, improve product quality and process control, and reduce maintenance and downtime.

The Science Behind It

Induction motors, the workhorses of industry, rotate at a fixed speed that is determined by the frequency of the supply voltage. Alternating current applied to the stator windings produces a magnetic field that rotates at synchronous speed.

This speed may be calculated by dividing line frequency by the number of magnetic pole pairs in the motor winding. A two-pole motor, for example, has one pole pair, and therefore the magnetic field will rotate 60Hz / 1 = 60 revolutions per second, or 3600 rpm.

The rotor of an induction motor will attempt to follow this rotating magnetic field, and, under load, the rotor speed “slips” slightly behind the rotating field. This small slip in speed generates an induced current, and the resulting magnetic field in the rotor produces torque. Since an induction motor rotates near synchronous speed, the most effective and energy-efficient way to change the motor speed is to change the frequency of the applied voltage. Vacuum IQ™ converts the fixed frequency supply voltage to a continuously variable frequency, thereby allowing adjustable motor speed. Vacuum IQ™’s proprietary software allows you to determine the parameters to meet your application.

Vacuum IQ™ Was First Developed and Designed for Use in the Aerospace Industry with Boeing!
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