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Identifying unmarked leads of 6-lead motors with 1 or 2 windings

Procedures also help identify type of connection when there is no nameplate

  • May 2008
  • Number of views: 3635
  • Article rating: 3.6

Chuck Yung 
EASA Technical Support Specialist

One frequent request of EASA’s technical support staff is for help in identifying unmarked motor leads. This article introduces a set of proce­dures for identifying unmarked leads of 6-lead motors with 1 or 2 wind­ings. For most connections, the only tools required for these procedures are an ohmmeter and surge tester. 

An additional benefit is that these procedures can be used to identify the type of connection (Table 1); for example, when a motor is received without a nameplate. With 6 leads, the motor connection could be part-winding start, wye-delta, or a 2-speed design. 

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