Developed in the late 1800s, electric motors have become a successful means of converting electrical energy into mechanical energy. The advent of this groundbreaking component has sparked a revolution in industrial applications. With the electric motor, any machine can be powered by its own and get better power transmission efficiency.
Electric motors are viable solutions for heavy-duty applications that require high starting torque and speed. These compact components work beyond your imagination to boost efficiency and power output. That is why they are commonly used for industrial fans, blowers, pumps, machine tools, power tools, turbines, compressors, ships, paper mills, movers, etc. They can even work in highly corrosive and aggressive industrial environments such as nuclear power stations and chemical industries.
Although operating these motors may seem straightforward and simple, they too tend to wear out with time just like every other machinery in your plant and hence, call for proper care to work optimally. They are supposed to be treated as a part of your facility’s assets and be given preventive maintenance to generate a positive impact on your business’s productivity and profit.
By following these basic maintenance tips you can ensure that your electric motors withstand the changing seasons and remain in a perfect condition for the rest of the year:
#1 – Carry Out a Visual Inspection
A quick look at the electric motor can help you identify any major problems already happening or about to happen with it. Signs of corrosion, dirt build-up, burnt odor, and similar issues are common if your electric motor operates in a rugged environment. Not handling them on time may cause severe internal problems and threaten overall efficiency of the equipment. So, pay attention to the condition of electric motor to ensure its good performance.
#2 – Verify the Motor’s Temperature
Electric motors tend to overheat if there is any defect in the motor bearings or there are any serious mechanical problems drawing too much amperage or current. There may be condensation or moisture build-up in the interior parts of a motor that can cause rust problems and other issues if it is not being used regularly. Hence, use a thermal gun and keep checking the temperature of your electric motors once in a while.
#3 – Check the bearings
The bearings encounter dust accumulation, poor lubrication, or wear and tear quite often. That causes some strange noises and vibrations in the electric motor. The bearings may become too hot to the touch that straightaway indicates overheating or lack of grease. Therefore, you need to get a basic understanding of the different kinds of bearings being used in your plant and know what their repair requirements are. That will not only save you from unnecessary expenditure on repairs, but also increase the longevity of your electric motor.
You need to be aware of the different kinds of bearings being used in the plant and what their repair requirements are.