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January 03, 2017

EC Motors + IP Ratings: Why They Matter

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...

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November 29, 2016

EC Motor vs PSC: Why Choose an ECM?

[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;...

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June 30, 2016

EC Motors + Commercial Refrigeration Systems: Why IP Ratings Matter

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...

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May 31, 2016

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

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...

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April 07, 2016

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

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...

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March 22, 2016

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

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...

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December 17, 2015

Three Challenges the EC Motor Industry Will Face in 2016

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...

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June 11, 2015

Motors 101: How do a SP, PSC, and EC Motor Compare?

Looking to learn more about the different types of motors out there and which one may be right for your business? Anthony Dickson, VP of Engineering at East West, give us a quick intro to Motors 101. In the video, Anthony will cover three of the popular types of motors:

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April 02, 2015

New ECM Motors Up to 25% MORE Efficient!

The adoption of ECM Motors into commercial refrigeration applications is driven by two main reasons, inefficient power consumption and noise.  The first generation ECM Motor was a great improvement over the traditional shaded pole motor that was at best 25% efficient (meaning 75% of electricity was simply turned into heat – not a great side...

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October 21, 2014

8 Reasons Why EC Motors are Plastic (and Better): Part 2

Here are the final 4 reasons why advanced plastics are better than aluminum and steel in EC Motor applications. Check out our first installment of Why EC Motors are Plastic here.

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