Industrial Applications of Electric Motors
Electric motors find application in a variety of equipment throughout industry. Common industrial applications include:
- Fans and Blowers
- Heavy-duty equipment
- HVAC systems
Choosing the Right Electric Motor for Your Needs
The right type of electric motor for an application varies depending on the equipment employed. For example, a motor must be chosen to suit the attached machine’s startup power levels and operational power output requirements. An improperly matched motor can cause significant damage to the machine or result in stalling and failure. Multi-phase motors and motors with different voltage levels are available so motor technicians can more easily match industrial equipment with the appropriate motor.
Types of Electric Motors
At Gainesville Industrial Electric, we offer a comprehensive selection of electric motors from Marathon, Teco-Westinghouse, Leeson, Lincoln, Century, GE, Baldor and Worldwide Electric. Each motor has unique features, attributes, and recommended applications. Our product offerings range from fractional single and three phase motors to large medium and high voltage motors.
General-Purpose – Single-Phase Motors
Our selection of general-purpose, single-phase motors includes:
- Drip Proof Motors
- Totally Enclosed Motors
- Hazardous Duty Division 1, Explosion-Proof Motors
General-Purpose – Three-Phase Motors
Three-phase motors have a voltage of 208, 230, 460 or 575. We offer the following general-purpose, three-phase electric motors:
- Drip Proof Motors
- Totally Enclosed Motors
- Severe Duty Motors
Hazardous Duty – Three-Phase Motors
Hazardous duty, three-phase motors are designed and built to withstand more severe operating conditions than general-purpose motors. While all of these motors are suitable for Division 1 locations, individual models are suited for Class I and/or Class II locations with Group C, D, E, F, and/or G hazardous materials.
Washdown Duty, Painted and Stainless Steel Motors
Washdown Duty painted and stainless steel motors are designed for rugged and demanding environments such as food processing, chemical processing and carwash applications. They are available in single and three phase models up to 20HP
Medium Voltage Motors
These medium voltage motors run on 2,300 or 4,000 volts. Available in weather protected, blower-cooled, and totally enclosed models. Additional features include roller bearing conversion kits, WPII kits, and energy saver designs.
Electric Pump Motors
Electric pump motors are designed to have enough power to drive a pump without overloading. They have special shafts for use with mechanical seals (JM Frame) or packing (JP Frame). Applications for these motors include use on centrifugal or close-coupled pumps, jet pumps, and pool pumps.
Inverter Duty and Vector Duty Motors
When variable frequency drives (VFDs) drive motors, they produce large voltage spikes. Inverter duty and vector duty motors can withstand these spikes and operate without overheating.
Permanent Magnet DC Motors
DC motors are used for immediate startups and applications where quick changes are more critical than gradual or soft changes. Permanent magnet DC motors facilitate these simpler startup operations.
Air Compressor Motors
Air compressor motors generate the power and high levels of torque necessary to drive portable and stationary air compressors used in facilities such as body shops and manufacturing plants.
Brake motors are typically single-disc AC or DC motors that can stop driven motion quickly. They are designed to do so safely without jarring or shortening the lifespan of the equipment.
Cooling Tower Motors
These motors provide power for cooling towers. They’re designed to withstand the hot and humid harsh conditions typical of cooling towers. TEAO and TEFC enclosures are available as well as single and two-speed motors.
Farm Duty/Agricultural Motors
These motors meet high-torque requirements for farming and agricultural equipment, such as auger drivers and grain stirring machinery.
These motors power a range of HVAC equipment, such as:
- Oil burners
. Instant Reversing Motors
These motors are suitable for applications that require the instantaneous reversal of motion, such as for opening, closing, and hoisting barriers.
. Crusher Duty Motors
These severe duty motors feature high starting and breakdown torque. Chippers and crushers typically benefit from these specialty motors due to their durable design and high-strength components.
Industrial Electric Motors Solutions From GIE
Choosing the right motor for an industrial application ensures better performance over the lifespan of the equipment employed. Many specialty motors include safety features or unique power options for enhanced performance.
At Gainesville Industrial Electric, we are proud to distribute high-quality industrial electric motors from leading manufacturers, such as Marathon, Teco-Westinghouse, Leeson, Lincoln, Century, GE, Baldor, and Worldwide Electric. Additionally, we maintain a full-service motor and pump repair shop to readily service any brand of motor.
To learn more about our product and service offerings or for assistance selecting, sourcing, or maintaining an electric motor, contact us or request a quote today.