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Monitoring Stator Winding Deterioration

The importance of partial discharge testing in electric motors BY VICKI WARREN, Iris Power LLP Comparing partial discharge (PD) results obtained from a single machine is a valuable tool that enables companies to observe the gradual deterioration of a machine stator winding. Proper monitoring of...

Maximizing Electric Motor Efficiency

How to get the most from your rotating machines BY STEPHEN MANSFIELD, TechnoWise Inc. An area of great interest is improving the efficiency of electrical devices. More electric motor efficiency means less electrical energy consumed and thus less impact to the environment. By far, the largest...

Overload Protection for Electric Motors

Thermal images are an easy way to identify apparent temperature differences in industrial three-phase electrical circuits, compared to their normal operating conditions. By inspecting the thermal differences of all three phases side-by-side, technicians can quickly spot performance anomalies on...

Reviewing Electric Motor Reliability Research

What did the studies really say—then and now? BY HOWARD PENROSE, Ph.D., CMRP One of the most frequently quoted studies related to electric motor reliability is a 1983 Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) project, entitled “Assessment of the Reliability of Motors in Utility Applications:...

Bearing Protection of Inverter-duty Motors

Although it is now common knowledge that inverters—also known as variable frequency drives—often induce unwanted motor shaft voltages, many customers who purchase three-phase alternating current (AC) induction motors do not realize that models labeled “inverter-duty” or “inverter-ready”...

Improving Motor Maintenance Practices

Useful approaches to building an effective operation and maintenance program BY IAN CULBERT AND VICKI WARREN, Iris Power Engineering The pressures to be more competitive and cost-effective in today’s deregulated market have driven plants to reduce resources by making more informed,...

Motors & Drives

Overload Relays for Motor Protection

Improve system reliability and efficiency

BY KEVIN TRIMMER, Eaton Corporation

Nearly a third of global energy demand is attributable to manufacturing. Overall, the industry’s use of energy has grown by 61 percent between 1971 and 2004. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) analysis, there are substantial opportunities to improve worldwide energy efficiencies.

More specifically, motor systems use more than 75 percent of a plant’s electricity. Driving energy efficiencies is more than being green. It...

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