Motor Life

What is a reasonable life expectancy and how do you optimize it. Part 2 of a 3 part series on motor life expectancy Many motors fail prematurely due to misapplication and this series will discuss ways to avoid these and optimize motor life. This avoids costly downtime an the expense of repair or replacement. Failure […]

How Hot is Hot?

“My motor is running hot!“ This is a common lament we’ve heard countless times at Flolo. “How Hot?“, we ask the customer. “I can’t put my hand on it,” comes the response. Well, that begs the question, how much heat can your hand safely tolerate? The average human can handle about 140 degrees F depending […]

Motor Bearing Current Issues

Part 1 of a 2 Part Series on Motor Bearing Current Failures More and more motors these days are being controlled by variable frequency drives. Often, the drives result in premature bearing failure due to stray currents. These currents result from the common mode voltage produced by the drive. As seen in the figure above, […]

Motor Lubrication Issues –Proper Bearing Lubrication Procedures

Part 3 of a 3 Part Series on Lubrication Issues A key aspect of plant maintenance is utilizing proper techniques for there-lubricating of bearings. This ensures a uniform distribution of lubricant and prevents adding too much grease or introduction of dirt and other contaminants. These can all result in a significant reduction in bearing life. Bearing Lubrication […]

Motor Lubrication Issues – How Often and How Much

Part 2 of a 3 Part Series on Lubrication Issues A Key aspect of Plant Maintenance is establishing how often a Motor Bearing should be lubricated along with determining the proper amount of Lubricant to be used. Note that applying too much grease or too frequently is a common cause of premature Bearing Failure. Key […]