- Properly maintain motors to maximize efficiency ensure reliability and reduce downtime and repair costs.
- Make sure your motors are sized correctly and consider incorporating variable speed motors to reduce its energy usage.
- Consider installing a buck-boost transformer as required to maximize the life expectancy of your motors. This is a worthwhile consideration for normal operating conditions, as well as during voltage reductions.
- Tighten belts and pulleys at regular intervals to prevent slippage.
- Lubricate motors and drives regularly to reduce friction.
- Replace bearings when worn.
- Replace worn or defective motors with motors sized as close to load as possible.
- Keep motors clean to facilitate cooling.
- Check the nameplate information on your motors and verify they are rated to operate at your supply voltage. Motors are normally designed to operate between plus-10 percent and minus-10 percent of their normal voltage without shortening life expectancy.
- Check and adjust alignment between motor and drive equipment to reduce wear ad excessive torque.
- Avoid aiming fans directly at motor starters. This practice may defeat controls designed to protect the motor from possible burnout.