The economic downturn has delivered a heavy blow to the industrial manufacturing sector in North America. Manufacturers are indicating sales drops of 30 percent to nearly 60 percent compared to that of 2008.
The frame sizes (physical dimensions) of AC motors have changed substantially through the years. Originally, they were considerably larger than those in use today. This increased size was the result of inefficiency and the need to dissipate heat.
One of the major impacts on motor life is common sense—or maybe the lack thereof!
Although a number of AC motor designs are used, the induction motor is, by far, the most common and will be the topic of this column.
I received many comments on my four-part series on AC Power, and most of them were very positive.
Last month, we studied the properties and effects of resistive, inductive and capacitive loads in an AC circuit.
This month we will quickly look at the load types that comprise a typical AC circuit.
This three part primer is a basic introduction to AC power for those in the pump industry who need a place to start. It will also provide several web references to access if you would like to further your understanding of this interesting and essential topic.
Last month, we ended with a discussion of the relationship between peak and RMS (or effective) voltage.
Energy efficiency and reduced consumption are important issues in the pump and motor marketplace.
Back in the early seventies, when I was in grad school, our government pledged to convert the U.S. measurement system to the metric system. A popular cartoon at the time showed a lab technician with a box of amputated human feet standing at the door of the supply room. The supply clerk was also holding a box, but his was full of volt meters. The caption was "Trading Feet for Meters." That was almost 37 years ago, and we still have most of those feet! I guess that I could say that we are still "inching" into the metric system.
A flexible coupling's primary functions are connecting two shafts, transmitting power from a driver shaft to a driven shaft and accommodating the misalignment between them.
After spending money on a powerful new pump and the motor to run it, the next big decision is how to connect the two in a way that maximizes their efficiencies and protects them from normal wear and tear.
Most of us probably never notice the spinning cylinder mounted between the pump and motor, except how easy it is to dis/assemble when a pump or motor is changed out.
Because operational costs ride on efficiency determinations, accurate measurements of losses occurring within the motor are paramount. The reliability of efficiency data is key to any energy-savings plan, and knowing the meaning behind the rating can make or break a smart purchasing decision.
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), which restates and broadens the definition of General Purpose Electric Motors, goes into effect on December 19, 2010.
For the first time, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) adopted energy conservation standards for small electric motors in February 2010.
The freefall in electric motor sales is a direct effect of the worldwide economic downturn, which has severely depressed industrial and commercial productions.
In the oil and gas industry, electric submersible pump systems are an effective artificial life method of pumping production fluids to the surface.
Due to the expense and labor required, most facilities need to maximize the life of their motors.
Due to the expense and labor required, most facilities need to maximize the life of their motors. Electrical, insulation resistance and thermal measurement are three tests that can troubleshoot motors, drives and associated electrical panels and prolong their operational lifetime. Thermal imagers can detect potential problems and insulation resistance and electrical tests can determine the cause.
Improved motor starters help Fabri-Kal achieve its green vision.
Mechanically generated sparks, electrostatic discharge and high surface temperatures are all potential ignition sources in explosive atmospheres.
Following the development of variable frequency converter drives during the 1990s, totally enclosed fan-cooled (TEFC) AC induction motors became viable options for replacing DC motors in pumping applications.