The task of choosing the right industrial motor can be daunting. There are a plethora of options, each specializing in a specific task or process. So how do you know if you’re choosing the right one or just wasting your money on something unsuited for your business? Below, we’ll walk you through the basics of the different types of industrial motors and help make sure you’re choosing the right motor for your company's needs.
In the majority of plant environments, industrial motors are the heartbeat of the workspace. Motors drive production. Without a fully-functional motor, basic industrial tasks would be compromised and unable to proceed. Therefore, motor failure can prove extremely costly and disruptive to your business, resulting in unplanned work stoppages and burgeoning maintenance costs. However, by utilizing various motor testing techniques - both during periods of regular, routine maintenance and at signs of impending trouble - motor issues can be easily predicted, prevented, and therefore resolved with little-to-no service disruption. Below we’ll walk you through a handful of the many motor testing methods available that you can use to mitigate your business’ downtime.
R-rated fuses act as back-up devices for protection against short circuit, which otherwise may damage voltage starter and motors. The guidelines for applying these fuses are fundamentally different from low voltage protection devices.
Over the years, electricity has become a basic necessity, without which life as we know would simply become dysfunctional. In such conditions, the need for energy efficiency has become a top requirement across the industrial spectrum. When rising energy costs are coupled with uncertainty of available electricity, the result is increased relevance for the part of the business responsible for boosting efficiencies.
Encoders are a necessary component of the industrial world, and can be found supporting a range of tasks, from positioning a patient in an MRI machine to bottling beverages at high speed. An absolute encoder, as the name suggest keeps the record of its position following some absolute coordinate system. An absolute encoder produces digital words in order to identify its location, and is often used in mission-critical applications that require greater speed and accuracy.
The widespread adoption of Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) has brought in the adverse effects of non-sinusoidal voltage sources. The benefits reaped by this technology may outweigh the cons, but still motors have to be designed to withstand these effects and perform over a long service life.
Rising utility costs on one side and higher initial investment costs on the other are becoming problems for businesses with every passing day. Getting higher Return on Investment (RoI) is vital for a business to sustain its operations, and engineers and managers have been working hard to keep the balance sheet in their favor.
AC Motors have always been in competition with their DC counterparts since the widespread use of electrical technology within industries. While both these motors have their own sets of pros and cons, AC Motors are slowly taking over the DC motor-dominated industrial sector thanks to Adjustable Speed Drives.
What may seem like just another NEMA/IEC compliant motor, is actually much more. Techtop Motors designs top-grade squirrel-cage induction motors that have been fabricated according to industrial standards, for reliability, efficiency and security.
Utilizing new drive technology has enabled more applications for AC machines where DC machines have typically been used. In the past, DC machines have been implemented for their good torque characteristics throughout a variable speed range. However, some of these older DC drive systems are becoming obsolete and availability of replacement parts is becoming a concern. This sort of scenario will often be accompanied by a consideration for a drive retrofit project. This article covers some key points and comparisons between the two different technologies that may help make that decision a bit easier.