How to Create a Motor Management Plan
It's important to understand how to best manage your motor. Find out how to, here.

For many, electric motors are an essential part of business. Unfortunately, they often go unchecked until there is a problem. The first step in creating a motor management plan is to switch to a preventative mindset. The ideal scenario is to catch problems before they occur, thus saving money and time.

The most common type of failure in motors occurs to the bearings from environmental damage. To prevent environmental damage, it’s important to select the appropriate motor for your application. For example, it would be more effective to select a totally enclosed non-ventilated motor to use in an environment where granules may be present, as opposed to selecting an open drip proof motor that intakes the surrounding air to cool its interior. Second, always check your motors for granule build up – it’s important to keep motors as free of clogging granules as possible.

Bearing failure can be prevented through vibration analysis and working the motor under appropriate loads. Some applications make it possbile for motor manufacturers to install a vibration detector on the motor itself. Vibration detectors look for a change in bearing vibration that can indicate failure. If a vibration detector isn’t installed, you can purchase your own vibration detector device, or hire a third party technician to check the motor for you.

Finally, make sure to operate your motor under appropriate loads; overloading your motor causes overheating, which causes wear and tear.

Finding time to implement these changes and to check your motor can prove difficult in a workplace where around the clock production is critical to business. It’s therefore important to schedule adequate production downtime in which to perform maintenance. Annual or semi-annual plant shutdowns can adequately address this need – providing regular downtimes to maintain your motor.

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