Motor Reliability Testing: Does Your Contract Manufacturer Stack Up?

February 09, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Normally at the start of a manufacturing relationship, the contract manufacturer will ask the customer for a spec sheet — a report showing a variety of acceptable tolerances for the part or product. But if it’s a new product, or an older product that has undergone tweaks or changes through the years, there might not be a neat, up-to-date report.

That’s where motor reliability testing comes in. Reliability testing is an essential component of the manufacturing process. The test results provide information — pure data — that helps direct the design and manufacture of your product.

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Filed Under: EC Motors, Quality Control

How to Reprogram An EC Motor [Video]

January 31, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

There are several reasons to consider changing your older shaded pole motors for an electronically commutated motor (ECM). For starters, since they can be up to 70 percent more energy efficient than shaded pole motors, EC motors are an ideal choice for manufacturers of commercial refrigeration products — think refrigerators, freezers, reach-in coolers and bottle coolers in supermarkets, restaurants, commercial kitchens and convenience stores. They meet the energy efficiency standards required by the U.S. Department of Energy and, because they run cooler, they last longer. They’re also remarkably quiet. But here are a couple more nifty reasons to look at ECM, flexibility and saving money by reducing inventory.

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7 Tips to Extend the Life of Your EC Motor

January 24, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

You're probably aware that Electronically Commutated (EC) motors are the perfect solution for manufacturers that need to comply with the U.S. Department of Energy's efficiency regulations for commercial refrigeration units, pumps, fans and blowers. 

While they come with a higher pricetag, ECMs quickly pay for themselves. But you can get even more bang for your buck by extending the life of your EC motor with these seven tips.

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Filed Under: EC Motors

EC Motors + IP Ratings: Why They Matter

January 03, 2017 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

You're looking to buy some electronically commutated (EC) motors. You're thinking about speed, noise and energy savings. But if the motors you're purchasing are powering commercial refrigeration units, you need to consider the IP rating as well. 

If you haven't given IP ratings much thought, let's take a dive into the details to discover what those seemingly arbitrary numbers can mean to your motor's protection and long-term performance. 

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Filed Under: EC Motors

EC Motor vs PSC: Why Choose an ECM?

November 29, 2016 by Jennifer Catalan

[Editor's note: As most readers of this blog already know, one of the legacies of President Obama's administration will be the enacting of new energy efficiency standards for the electric motors that run numerous appliances, both residential and commercial. Some of these standards are already in effect and the clock is ticking on compliance; others will go into effect in the next two years. Here's a link to a tool on the Department of Energy website that offers much more detail about guidelines and compliance.

The following post was originally posted in July 2015. We are planning future blog posts about Electronically Commutated Motors (ECM) over the next few weeks to talk about why now is the time to move forward in addressing your compliance needs.]

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What's the difference between a Permanent Split Capacitor (PSC) motor and an Electronically Commutated Motor, also known as an EC Motor or ECM? A PSC motor is one of the most commonly used motors that can run at single or variable speeds. An ECM is much more energy-efficient than a PSC and features an internal smartboard for better motor control.

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EC Motors + Commercial Refrigeration Systems: Why IP Ratings Matter

June 30, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

When purchasing electronically commutated (EC) motors, you're probably concerned about speed, noise and potential energy savings. If the motor will be powering a commercial refrigeration unit, you should definitely be thinking about IP ratings as well. Below we'll dive into the details of IP ratings and the implications these seemingly arbitrary numbers have on your motor's protection and long-term performance.

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Filed Under: EC Motors

5 Qualities to Look for in the Ideal EC Motor (ECM) Manufacturer

May 31, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

You wouldn't let just anyone babysit your kids, and you shouldn't let just anyone manufacture your EC motors either (they are precious cargo too)! When seeking an ECM manufacturing partner, there are several factors to consider and a whole slew of question to ask before diving into a serious commitment. We explore some of the most critical points below.

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Filed Under: EC Motors

5 Ways to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck Out of Your EC Motor

April 07, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Most EC refrigeration motors (in the 30-watt-and-under range) on the market today operate at 65 to 70 percent efficiency. But the motor itself isn't the only factor at play. What about the fan blade efficiency, the clearance distance between the fan blade and wall ring, and the programmability of the unit as a whole? These are important elements to analyze and optimize, and doing so can help boost the efficiency of your air-moving system with an EC motor. Read on for five tips to help you get started today!

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What's the Payback for Switching from Shaded Pole Motor to EC Motor?

March 22, 2016 by Jennifer Catalan

There's been lots of buzz lately about EC motors (ECM) and why you should invest in them. But much like the switch from incandescent to CFL bulbs, some people are hesitant – they need convincing. Although their initial cost is higher, ECMs are supposedly more efficient, longer-lasting and will ultimately save you money. But what do these savings actually look like? Read on for a real-life example.

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Filed Under: EC Motors

Three Challenges the EC Motor Industry Will Face in 2016

December 17, 2015 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Electronically commutated (EC) motors have been gaining attention since the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced new standards with a 2017 compliance date. As manufacturers and distributors gear up for big industry changes, it is important to look at what hurdles stand in the way. Below we'll take a look at three challenges that are on the horizon for the EC motor industry in 2016.

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Filed Under: EC Motors

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