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Dealing With Motor Failures: Common Causes and Solutions

Maintenance Technology
Publication date: 
August 2014
Tom Bishop, P.E., EASA Senior Technical Support Specialist


Protecting motor bearings and windings is the first step in preventing motor failures

If you want to make a plant manager’s day, just say: “Production’s down because a motor failed.” Fortunately, such situations can usually be overcome with some relatively simple techniques and straightforward solutions to protect the bearings and stator windings. These two vulnerable components are root causes of the vast majority of motor failures.