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Reduce Costs, Increase Reliability with Electric Motor Management

March 13, 2024

Regardless of your specific operation, there are numerous systems in place to keep your facility running smoothly and efficiently. At HECO, we strongly urge placing an active Equipment Management System (EMS) at the top of your list of priorities. A good Equipment Management System is not a passive program. It should include a proactive approach …

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Visual Inspections Can Help Avoid Issues, Unnecessary Maintenance Costs

Visual Inspections Can Help Avoid Issues, Unnecessary Maintenance Costs

June 28, 2023

Are you the kind of person that checks your vehicle’s oil level and quality between oil changes or do you just trust that the automotive manufacturer knows when your oil goes from “good” to “get an oil change now!” status? At HECO, we’re both hyper-aware of the manufacturer specifications and proactive about minding our machines …

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How to Store Your Electric Motors Off-Site

November 11, 2021

It’s the middle of the night and a key motor in your facility broke down. Every hour of delay is costing thousands of dollars. You pull a drop-in spare from on-site storage and it doesn’t work. It was ice cold when you pulled it out, the bearings are making odd noises, and it looks like …

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Is Your Equipment Asset Management System Ready to Save the Day?

June 17, 2021

I2021-06-Asset management system for plant floor-06-17-2021t has always amazed me how unprepared some businesses are in the event of a breakdown of critical equipment. These unplanned plant shutdowns can have a tremendous financial impact costing companies hundreds of thousands of dollars per hour. Almost every time that we help one of our clients through one …

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Do Vertical Flange Mount Electric Motors Need to Be Aligned?

May 12, 2021

During failure investigations we often see misalignment on vertical motors as the failure mode and when we ask for alignment readings at time of installation, we often hear that the “motor and the base have a register fit and alignment isn’t required”. This is far from the truth. Let’s look at why alignment should at …

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Importance of Air Gap in Electric Motors

May 19, 2020

The air gap refers to an actual physical gap in an electric motor that separates the moving rotor and the stator core. This gap is a necessary part of motor design and the size of the air gap is one of the keys to motor performance and reliabilit. The Case for a Correct Air Gap …

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What is an AC Synchronous Motor?

July 2, 2019

An informative video about AC Synchronous Motors Below is a 5 minute video from an hour long presentation given by Todd Hatfield, Senior Electrical Engineer at HECO – All Systems Go, during the 2018 Reliability, Process, and Maintenance (RPM) Symposium. This clip covers the basis of synchronous motors and how they differ from induction motors. …

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