Operating tips—electric motors

Follow these best practices for even more energy savings.

Know your belts.
A belt connects a motor to its load. While a V-belt is the most common belt-connecting medium, three other types of belts (cogged V-belts, flat belts and synchronous belts) can offer greater energy efficiency. A cogged V-belt, for example, can reduce energy consumption by as much as 10 percent.

Check belt tension.
Check tension regularly for best performance. Belts that are too loose may slip and waste energy. Those that are too tight can cause excessive wear.

Lubrication counts.
Using premium lubricants can provide energy savings. They can also protect against motor deterioration.

Power quality matters.
Check your electric supply systems to help eliminate issues such as harmonics, current leaks and incorrect voltages that reduce motor reliability and efficiency. Improving power quality can reduce motor load, improve reliability and prolong motor life.

Think prevention.
A routine program of minor repairs, lubrication and inspection can maintain motor efficiency, prevent or delay failure and reduce downtime.