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Copper Development Association (CDA) Completes Motor Management Best Practices DVD Series

By Richard deFay, Project Manager, Sustainable Energy, Copper Development Association (CDA)

Industry relies on electric motors for a variety of uses – power fans, pumps, compressors and more. They also run manufacturing and assembly equipment. But some facility managers don’t realize the cost savings they’d experience by developing a well-managed industrial motors best practice program. CDA has created a program series to challenge those perceptions.

Industrial motors make businesses run, but not always efficiently. Though they’re found in every industry, these motors often are taken for granted. Some managers may not even know how many industrial motors they have in their facilities. This can be an expensive problem.

Neglected motors can result in increased downtime and high maintenance costs, not to mention a slow-down in productivity if the motor fails. The resulting lost revenue can be massive (as much as $40,000 a minute or more) and never recovered.

Facility managers can greatly reduce their electrical energy consumption by replacing older, worn-out motors with energy-efficient equivalents. These industrial motors not only lower energy costs, they also improve equipment reliability and reduce critical and costly downtime.

Motor Management Best Practices

CDA has created a three-part series of written case studies with companion videos to help engineers and facility managers with the “how to” when adopting a motor management plan. The CDA released the first part of the video series earlier this year and has followed up with the recent release of parts II and III of the series, now posted on the CDA website.

These videos with accompanying written case studies feature industry experts, who discuss aspects of the motor management program in greater depth. Here’s a breakdown of the three-part series:

Part I: Creating a Motor Inventory, Repair/Replace Guidelines
Part I addresses the motor management plan, and the beginning steps: creating motor inventory, and motor repair/replace guidelines.

Part II: Motor Failure Policies and Purchasing Specifications
Part II addresses the general aspects of motor management plan, including the first steps of creating motor inventory and guidelines for motor repair and replacement.

Part III: Repair Specifications, and Preventive and Predictive Maintenance
Part III, the last in the three part series, addresses repair specifications and preventive and predictive maintenance.

CDA recommends that individuals involved in the specification, design, selection and installation of electrical motor systems adopt a motor management program, which examines a facility’s needs whether to replace an old worn-out motor or specify a new unit.

The goal is to help you take advantage of energy-efficient, reliable motors such as Premium Efficiency Motors. These motors utilize the better conductivity of copper, along with a higher grade of steel in the core and improved bearing and fan design. These are not only beneficial in lowering energy costs but also improving equipment efficiency.

Once a plant’s motor nameplate inventory is collected, a company can use a free data management software application, such as MotorMaster+. The U.S. Department of Energy makes the program available for free so facility managers can compare the cost of repairing the motor versus the cost of replacing it with a new unit as well as comparing the cost of two new motors and determining if a retrofit of an older working motor is in order.

The data can then be referenced for future needs, if the motors should be scrapped or repaired and whether regular periodic maintenance is needed.

The key question from the start should be ‘do you repair a motor when it fails or replace it with a new Premium Efficiency model?’ A motor management plan can make that decision easier.

For more information on the benefits of a copper rotor motor, go to the CDA website. Or you can email me at richard.defay@copperalliance.us.

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