What Factors Should You Consider Before Buying an Industrial Electric Motor?

Purchasing a new industrial electric motor is a huge investment for a company. For this reason, it is critical to consider all of the factors that will impact this big decision so that you purchase the right electric motor. The Specific Tasks You Need It to Perform Very simply, what do you expect this electric motor to do? Is it going to be running a series of industrial fans constantly? Will it be pumping water at various intervals depending on different demands at different times? Or will the electric motor be tasked with performing a specific industrial process from time to time and then

4 More Types of Electric Motors You Should Know About

As we mentioned in last month’s article 4 Types of Electric Motors You Should Know About, an electric motor is just a motor that runs using electricity instead of a combustion engine using fuel. But electric motors have many different configurations or that work in distinctly different ways. Here are a few of them. DC Shunt Motor Shunt motors are brushed DC motors designed for maintaining a constant speed. The windings of these motors connect in parallel with the shunt armature. This ensures even current distribution between the windings and the armature, allowing the motor to manage i

What Are Some of the Parts That May Need Replacing on Industrial Pumps?

Even though the heart of an industrial pump is the industrial pump’s electric motor, the motor is rarely the first thing that goes wrong with an industrial pump. Here are a few of the problem parts you may encounter when servicing or maintaining an industrial pump. Seals Many times if the pump leaks, it has something to do with one of the many seals commonly used in the operation of a pump. These seals are strong and durable, but even the most durable parts sometimes wear out. Here are a few of the seals used in industrial pumps: O-Ring Seals– These seals plug the gap between two su

4 Types of Electric Motors You Should Know About

An electric motor is just a type of motor that runs using electricity, but there are many different configurations or types of motors that work in distinctly different ways. Here are a few of them. Squirrel Cage Induction Motor The squirrel cage induction motor is an AC motor that uses a cylinder with steel laminations that have aluminum or copper conductors embedded in its surface. The AC current in the stator creates a rotating magnetic field. This is one of the most common AC motors out there. The squirrel cage motor has a simple design but rugged and has a high overload capacity. It runs

AC vs. DC Electric Motors – Which Ones Are Best?

We always compare and contrast AC electric motors and DC electric motors to determine which one is best. But the answer is not always a clear one, and a lot of times, the one that is the best depends on the type of job you need the electric motor to perform. Fundamental Differences Between an AC Electric Motor and a DC Electric Motor Both AC and DC electric motors use the same principle of using an armature winding and magnetic field to generate power. In a DC electric motor, the armature rotates, and the magnetic field does not rotate. In an AC electric motor, the armature does not rotate,

4 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Electric Motor

Electric motors are some of the most expensive assets industrial companies have. They also need to keep running to keep production rolling along, so unplanned work stoppages must be avoided if at all possible. Following these four tips are simple ways to extend your electric motor's life and avoid expensive repairs. 1 – Inspect the Motor Frequently A quick visual inspection can reveal some essential details about the electric motor. Are there any signs of excess dirt or corrosion on any of the components? Look at the relays and contacts to make sure that they are dirt and rust-free. Do any

8 Reasons Electric Motors Are Superior to Internal Combustion Engines

Electric motors have been around for over 170 years, but they have not made a significant dent in the demand for the internal combustion engine (ICE) market. That is until now. Here are eight reasons why electric motors are superior to internal combustion engines. 1 – Electric Motors Are Simpler Electric motors do not have as many moving parts as an ICE motor. Because combustion is far more complicated than the processes that make an electric motor work, ICE motors have many more working parts to get it and keep it running. 2 – Electric Motors Generate Less Excess Heat Internal combust

The History of Electric Motors – Part 2

If you missed last month’s article The History of Electric Motors – Part 1, check it out. The First Practical DC Electric Motors Although William Sturgeon invented the first DC motor that provided enough power to drive machinery, it wasn’t until 1886 that Frank Julian Sprague invented the first DC motor that could run at a constant speed under variable weight. This motor paved the way for broad acceptance and use of electric motors for industrial applications. Sprague continued to champion the DC electric motor's acceptance by inventing technology that improved the electric grid

Common Causes of Balancing Issues – Requiring Dynamic Balancing

When electrical motors are out of balance, bad things happen. Unbalance happens when the rotor mass is not at the center of rotation, and this can lead to problems such as inefficient operation, unplanned downtime, and equipment breakdown. But what are some of the factors that cause balancing issues? Wear & Tear Daily operation, especially for electric motors with a lot of use, leads to wear and tear. And wear is never neat and even. It always is rough and uneven, which leads to imbalance. Corrosion & Dirt Build Up If a component attached to the electric motor gets corroded or

The History of Electric Motors – Part 1

The electric motor has been around for a long time. A lot longer than many people might be aware of, with many discoveries leading to other breakthroughs. Early Beginnings of Electric Motors It started with electrostatic devices that used a sulfur ball and a glass cylinder to create friction. A Scottish Benedictine Monk named Andrew Gordon and Benjamin Franklin used this method to create a “frictional machine” in the 1740’s. And not a lot of progress was made for almost a century until Hans Christian Ørsted, a Danish physicist and chemist, discovered the relationship between elect