Planning for Motor Failure

When a motor fails in an industrial setting, it is often the first of two failures. The second is the (usually panicked) choice of a replacement for the failed motor. Research from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shows that only 11 percent of U.S. corporations plan for motor contingencies, and energy efficiency is infrequently among the criteria used in that decision-making process. When a motor fails, the cost of downtime is usually the predominant concern. Future operating costs are often only vaguely understood and are therefore unlikely to be considered. Yet the financial and environmental ramifications of these decisions can be huge, considering that motors may remain in service for 20 or 30 years.

Why advance planning is so important
Different types of motor management plans
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