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Overcome Manufacturer Consolidations to find the Electric Motor You Need

May 29, 2024

In addition to remote sensor monitoring and energy-saving measures, a major trend in the electric motor and rotating equipment industry is the sale and consolidation of major motor manufacturers. These mergers often bolster the larger name brand’s offerings, but can lead to product realignments or replacement of smaller brand availability. As a result, equipment owners may …

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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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What You Need to Know About Vertical Pump Motors

February 21, 2024

Nearly every industrial facility in the United States uses vertical pumps and vertical pump motors. Also known as vertical turbines or line shaft pumps, these systems are widely used in farming applications and other operations that need to move water or other liquids from lower to higher elevations. Compared to their horizontal counterparts, vertical pump …

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Reliability Maintenance Takes a Medical Approach to Rotating Equipment, Part 3 – Ultrasonic Testing

January 31, 2024

In both medicine and industrial diagnostics, less invasive methods are typically the tests and procedures that are often the most cost-effective and easiest to recover from. Ultrasonic testing – sometimes referred to as sonography – is a noninvasive imaging method that relies on high-intensity sound waves to create images of internal workings and compartments. In reliability …

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Learn to prevent electric motor failures! Explore thermal, mechanical, electrical, and environmental stressors for extended lifespan. Trust HECO's expertise.

Four Winding Failures to Avoid in AC Motors

January 10, 2024

Did you know the vast majority of electric motor failures are preventable? Sure, everything has a limited lifespan so some failures cannot be prevented, but many of the motors that come into our shop have suffered an unnecessary failure. Since HECO launched in 1959, we’ve performed countless motor failure repair jobs. Motor rewinds in particular …

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NEMA Standards, Part 3 – Understanding Frame Number Suffixes

December 6, 2023

By defining how motors are designed, built, and referred to on their respective nameplates, standards from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association apply to all electric motor manufacturers to ensure that all manufacturers follow identical dimension data and naming conventions. Known as NEMA frame sizes or electric motor frame sizes, these electric motor dimensions assist operators, manufacturers, …

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How to Get the Right Electric Motor

How to Get the Right Electric Motor, Part 2 – Review NEMA Standards & Efficiency

September 20, 2023

Once you’ve determined that you need a new electric motor, many of the resulting considerations center around the prospective motor’s specifications and capabilities. If your previous or prospective motor is regulated by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the good news is that the organization’s standards will help guide your choices and build efficiency. At …

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