Ongoing Motor Maintenance

Ongoing motor maintenance entails continual efforts aiming at maintaining optimal working conditions, prolonging motor life-time, and reducing unplanned motor down-time, which can have significant productivity implications. Two types of maintenance approaches can be discerned:

Preventive maintenance aims at maintaining optimal working conditions and prolonging motor life. It may include measures like load considerations, motor alignment, lubrication, ventilation and minimization of voltage fluctuations. These measures also help maintain a high energy efficiency.

Predictive maintenance, on the other hand, intend to identify problems that are developing in order to avoid unplanned failure. Predictive maintenance of motors often includes vibration analysis, lubricant analysis, infrared scanning, and electrical motor diagnostics.


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Ongoing Motor MaintenanceCosts & Benefits

Parent Process: Electrical Motors
Energy Savings Potential

Savings associated with an ongoing motor maintenance programme could be between 2 to 30% of overal motor system energy use (Worrell et al., 2010. p. 57). 

CO2 Emission Reduction Potential

Ongoing Motor Maintenance Publications

Energy Efficiency Improvement and Cost Saving Opportunities for the U.S. Iron and Steel Industry

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) energy guide, Energy Efficiency Improvement and Cost Saving Opportunities for the U.S. Iron and Steel Industry, discusses energy efficiency practices and technologies that can be implemented in iron and steel manufacturing plants. This guide provides current real world examples of iron and steel plants saving energy and reducing cost and carbon dioxide emissions.

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