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Converting motors from horizontal mount to vertical mount

Examine mechanical factors that should be considered when applying a horizontal ball-bearing motor in a vertical mounting position

  • October 2019
  • Number of views: 203
Trade press article — Plant Services

Occasionally an end user wants to take a motor designed for horizontal mounting and use it in a vertical position. This article addresses some of the key mechanical factors that should be considered when applying a horizontal ball-bearing motor in a vertical mounting position.

Get your bearings: Electric motor lubrication 101

How often should electric motors be lubricated? How can you be sure you’re using the right amount? Here’s your primer.

  • June 2019
  • Number of views: 89
Trade press article — Plant Services

This article looks at the factors that go into determining how often a motor should be lubricated and how much lubricant they should recieve.

Know your degree-of-protection codes

What level of protection do your machine enclosures offer? Here's a guide.

  • January 2019
  • Number of views: 135
Trade press article — Plant Services

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard 60529, “Degrees of protection provided by enclosures (IP code),” addresses the degrees of protection for electrical machines (motors and generators). The “IP” acronym means “international protection” but is sometimes referred to as “ingress protection.” The IP code is commonly displayed on the nameplates of metric machines that are manufactured to IEC standards.

What's causing your high motor current?

Understand the source of the problem to tackle it effectively and efficiently

  • February 2018
  • Number of views: 82
Trade press article — Plant Services

The most frequent concern about high current with a three-phase motor is high no-load current. But the broad issue of high no-load current isn’t the only three-phase motor issue to which plants should pay heed.

How to ensure effective motor repair and rewind

Speak the same language as your service center when it comes to setting performance expectations

  • May 2016
  • Number of views: 87
Trade press article — Plant Services

Electric motor efficiency can be maintained during repair and rewind by following defined good practices. This article builds on a previous discussion of PM and PdM for three-phase squirrel-cage motors ("PM and PdM for electric motors") by outlining some of the expectations and good practices for repairs of these types of motors.

Loaded question: How much do you know about motor load?

Careful evaluation of motor load requirements could yield long-term savings

  • January 2016
  • Number of views: 108
Trade press article — Plant Services

Right-sizing of three-phase induction motors for different applications – and striking a balance between reliability and efficiency – isn’t always easy, but it can be cost-effective.

PM and PdM for electric motors: Build the right balance of predictive and preventive tactics to extend long-term operating service life

  • May 2015
  • Number of views: 67
Trade press article — Plant Services

We often hear the terms preventive maintenance (PM) and predictive maintenance (PdM) of electric motors, but far less often do we give consideration to the tasks associated with these methods of maintaining motor operation and extending operating service life.