The electrical motor is a device that is used to convert electrical energy into mechanical energy. This machine operates through the interaction between the magnetic field and electric current in a wire and generates a force in a shaft rotation.
But, there are situations where motor efficiency is lost. There can be frictional and heat losses or dissipation of the magnetic field within the motor’s core. The material used in manufacturing the motor can also play its part.
Because electric motors consume a huge chunk of electricity produced in California and the energy costs are quite high, it makes total sense that every business pays substantial attention to optimizing their motors’ performance.
To ensure successful implementation of motor efficiency strategy, you can segregate your actions and decisions into three phases:
- Thorough assessments
- Instant improvements
- Long-term maintenance programs
Keep reading to dive into more details.
Thorough Motor Assessments
To ensure reasonable cost savings on electric motors, the first step is to examine the current performance level and document the details such as –
- Number of motors in your facility
- Age of motors
- Horsepower generated
- Power and consumption ratings
- Level of control implemented.
- Amount of high and critical loads
These factors give a holistic approach to evaluating general energy-consumption in your facility and utilizing your electric motor to its maximum capacity.
Instant Repair and Improvements
The information you gain from the first phase helps you in making necessary improvements in your motors. After their detailed analysis, you get to know which ones are inefficient; so that you can replace them with upgraded and modern. If there are any under-sized or over-sized devices, look for other better-sized models to enhance the motor’s running efficiency.
Also, evaluate them based on the following mentioned variables as they are known to have a significant impact on the performance and the lifespan of the motor –
- Voltage unbalance – is the measure of voltage differences between the phases of a three-phase system.
- Current unbalance – is similar to voltage unbalance, except the values are for current instead of voltage.
- Power factor – is the measure of the amount of power used to run an electric motor during a certain period.
Long-Term Maintenance Programs
It comes as no surprise that motor failures result in added downtime and expensive repairing/replacements. However, you can prevent that by working out effective maintenance strategies, which allows your workers to identify problems well before time and take necessary action before it becomes worst.
Some of the strategies that facilities use are –
- Laser alignment
With these preventive steps, you can combat all operational inefficiencies and keep your operations running as smoothly as possible.
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