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Learning from experience: Tips for repairing a "purpose-built" motor

Publication date: 
December 2018
Author(s): 
Tim Browne, Industrial Electric Motor Service, Inc.
Type of media: 
Article

I suspect that just about everyone in our industry at one time or another has had the joy of repairing a “purpose-built” motor. This kind of motor is built for a specific purpose and has characteristics that may allow it to operate under non-standard conditions. Due to the limited information that some of them display on the nameplate, the repair of these motors can be somewhat of a challenge.

Sometimes these motors possess differences such as the color of paint, the shaft size, the bearing size, or type. It can be the operating temperature and at times it can be the motor in its entirety. Following are a few useful tips we use when repairing a motor with so many question marks.

Topic(s): 
AC motors
Case studies
DC motors
Repair procedures and tips
Troubleshooting & failure analysis