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How to Get 10-Plus Years Out of Your Motors and Eliminate Downtime

Join us for session 3 in this 4-part series! Automation has expanded exponentially, resulting in a tremendous increase of VFDs and motors in manufacturing. However, VFDs also bring a hidden threat: electrical harmonic distortion, quietly damaging electric motor bearings, deteriorating motor insulation, and even causing malfunction of other electronic equipment including VFDs. This session will provide an overview of problems faced by these facilities and the solutions that keep them running.




Originally presented: May 2, 2024
Duration: 0.33 hour
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Overview

Automation has expanded exponentially, resulting in a tremendous increase of VFDs and motors in manufacturing. Forecasts for 2024 anticipate almost a 31% increase in the use of drives and motors over 2023.

However, VFDs also bring a hidden threat: electrical harmonic distortion, quietly damaging electric motors by fluting, frosting and pitting of motor bearings, deteriorating motor insulation, and even causing malfunction of other electronic equipment including VFDs.

VFD-induced sources of motor damage include common mode, peak voltage spikes, fast rise times, and reflective wave. Motors designed to run for over 10 years, are failing in less than 3 years. Frequent failures mean higher motor inventory turns, higher maintenance costs, greater downtime, and ultimately less revenue.

Failure is simply not an option. Your facility needs to operate continually across multiple shifts. So, what's the answer? Our industry-leading power quality solutions are designed to combat the damaging effects caused by VFDs. Our cutting-edge technology filters out harmful harmonic distortion to safeguard your motors, maintain uptime, and preserve profits.

Key Takeaways

  • Develop an understanding of variable frequency drives (VFDs) and their negative effects on operations
  • Find ways to preserve profits when dealing with harmonic distortion
  • Discover new methods to get motors to last 10+ years

Speaker

Dan Schmidt, Global Product Manager, MTE Corporation

For over six years, Dan Schmidt has been a Global Product Manager at MTE Corporation. He oversees their load side power quality product solutions such as filters and reactors, and also manages the TEAL brand power distribution (PDUs) and power conditioning (PCDUs) solutions. Dan has responsibilities for product life cycle management (PLCM), new product development (NPD) initiatives, and developing value propositions and positioning for various MTE and TEAL product categories. He earned degrees in electrical engineering and biomedical engineering from Marquette University.