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Tips for proper baseplate construction

Publication date: 
April 2001
Chuck Yung, EASA Senior Technical Support Specialist
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While the majority of EASAns don't get involved with field construction of motor bases, most do have an important motor base in the service center. The baseplate used in conjunction with the test panel is important, especially when measuring vibration levels of a running motor. Vibration levels recorded in the shop should correlate to those taken when the customer installs the motor in the plant. A discrepancy gives valuable clues as to the cause of vibration, allowing quick identification of the problem. For this reason, the design and installation of that baseplate are important if the in-shop vibration readings are to have value. Since that is important, let's review a few basic steps to make sure that the baseplate functions correctly.