Category Archives: Electric Motor Asset Management

What Are Industrial Motor Controls for Electric Motors?

Industrial motor controls for electric motors are important for many reasons, the main one being that electric motors consume a lot of power, which is a large chunk of an industrial operation’s energy costs for the year. Every bit of power you can conserve results in significant savings. Through this end, machine automation was developed for electric motors so they get the most benefit out from the exact amount of power needed to operate them. What Are Industrial Motor Controls Used for? Machine automation controls are used by almost any large industrial function that works with industrial


Why do capacitors in VFDs sometimes need to be reformed, and how does one accomplish that task?

An automatic capacitor reformer is an essential tool for any industrial electric motor asset management program. It allows a user to determine how much calculated capacitance of an electrolytic capacitor bank has remaining. The reason that this is important is that as an electrolytic capacitor ages, it loses its maximum capacitance and drops way below the original specs. As a result, it is important to know exactly how much capacitance remains in a capacitor to determine if it needs to be replaced to avoid failure when the power is needed or avoid replacing capacitors before it is absolutely n


Pros and Cons of Vertical Pump Motors

Horizontal and vertical pump motors essentially serve the same function, moving fluids from one place to another, but there are several differences in how they operate and situations where they work best. Floorspace Requirement Horizontal pumps take up anywhere from 2 to 3 times more floorspace than a similar capacity vertical inline pump. Since vertical inline pumps are typically part of the piping system, they can be suspended as part of the overhead pipes and require far less floorspace (if any) as a result. Horizontal pumps also require the fluid to change direction in order to flow i


Overview of Vertical Inline Pump Motors

Last month, Tekwell Services announced the purchase of several GE Ultra Series low voltage vertical pump motors. But what is a vertical pump motor and how is it different than the more common horizontal pump motor? This month’s blog posts explore this topic. What is a Vertical Inline Pump? The most common type of vertical inline pump is a centrifugal pump. These pumps are commonly used to circulate low viscosity fluids (mainly water) for pipe systems that require pressurization. These vertically oriented shafts typically are integrated as part of the piping system, meaning that the intake


4 Things to Look for in an Industrial Electric Motor Asset Management Program

Detailed Documentation and Record Keeping An excellent industrial electric motor asset management program keeps detailed records, preferably in a database the can be easily accessed. You need to know everything about your electric motor: specifications, hours in service, operational data, details about any repairs or services made for the motor, and any other information that may be helpful for someone pulling it back to active duty. Fast Response Time and Delivery of Asset When Needed Your industrial electric motor asset management program is supported by a knowledgeable staff who are on c