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Selecting Motors for Industrial Applications

Selecting Motors for Industrial Applications

Efficient use of motors is always important, but there are many other things to consider when specifying an electric motor. Mechanical and environmental considerations are on the list, as is the application and operation. All of these factors are important, but the application is where the selection process should start.
 
Premium Efficiency IronHorse® AC Motors

Premium Efficiency IronHorse® AC Motors

AutomationDirect’s IronHorse line of general purpose three-phase motors now includes the MTRP-series 56HC-frame premium efficiency motors available from 1 hp to 3 hp. The rolled steel motors  are available in 1800 and 3600 RPM models and feature 4:1 constant torque and
 
New NEMA 182TC or 184TC Frame Marathon Motors

New NEMA 182TC or 184TC Frame Marathon Motors

AutomationDirect has extended their line of Marathon motors. There are 10 New NEMA 182TC or 184TC frame Marathon motors with YxxxA catalog numbers that match frame size, horsepower and are equivalent in dimension, weight and performance to non “A” suffix models they replace. Refer to the motor drawings for any minor differences from the previous models.
 
Marathon Electric’s History of Bright Ideas

Marathon Electric’s History of Bright Ideas

Marathon Electric is a company deeply rooted in the act of invention. It has developed new products and explored new technologies since 1913. From humble beginnings, the company began its operations on an island in the Wisconsin River to produce ¼ hp washing machine motors. Today, it manufactures products using next generation power motor technology. ... Read More
 
Replacing & Sizing AC Motors | White Paper

Replacing & Sizing AC Motors | White Paper

The decision to replace existing motors with newer premium efficiency motors can be difficult. And, a common mistake made is thinking that buying any new premium efficiency motor will deliver optimal efficiency. This paper discusses how to determine whether to rewind or replace a motor, and how to find the right motor size for the ... Read More
 
Pulp Processor Speeds Production of Healthy Supplement — Issue 33, 2015

Pulp Processor Speeds Production of Healthy Supplement — Issue 33, 2015

Students at Penn State have been working on a Baobab pulp processor in conjunction with the residents of villages in Benin, Malawi, South Africa, and Madagascar. Native to Africa, “Baobab” is the common name for the Adansonia tree and the fruit that it bears. There has been quite a bit of hype surrounding the health ... Read More
 
Converting a Mill/Drill and Installing a VFD — Issue 33, 2015

Converting a Mill/Drill and Installing a VFD — Issue 33, 2015

Several years ago I purchased a Wadkin lathe made in England in late 1964. It is equipped with a very special motor that is 220V, three-phase and 50Hz. Because of the special design of the motor, it has a long extended shaft that carries the four sheave pulley, and because I do not have three-phase ... Read More
 
DC Motors Explained  | White Paper

DC Motors Explained | White Paper

Virtually every factory and shop has one thing in common. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the Brain Freeze Ice Cream Factory or Joe’s Garage. That one thing is a motor. Most of the time, you’ll find more than one in use. You’ll also find both AC and DC motors. But what is the difference? Is one ... Read More
 
Ladder Logic in Action

Ladder Logic in Action

Ladder logic programming for industrial controllers has evolved significantly over the past 30 years, and now supports advanced functionality such as process control, motion control, data manipulation, networking, and data acquisition. However, when you start with a blank page to design a new control system, large or small, there are many basic functions this tried-and-true ... Read More
 
AutomationDirect Expands IronHorse® AC Motor Line

AutomationDirect Expands IronHorse® AC Motor Line

Looking for a farm duty motor to power farm equipment such as, agitators, augers, compressors, feeders, hay hoists, grinders and blowers? IronHorse motors are manufactured by leading motor suppliers with over 20 years experience delivering high-quality motors to the demanding U.S. market. Produced in IS09001 facilities, the motors are tested during production and after final ... Read More