Motors

Baldor Versus Marathon Motors: What Brand Suits Each Environment Best

Cory Soetaert

Starting with their history, we compare two top North American electric motor brands; Baldor and Marathon. Read more to find out which one works best in which environments.

Drum Reversing Switch Wiring Diagrams

Cory Soetaert

Wiring diagrams for single-phase motors with drum reversing switches. Find 5-lead, 7-lead, and 9-lead downloads here.

Leeson vs Baldor: What Brand Works Best for What Environment

Cory Soetaert

Leeson and Baldor are two of the biggest names in electric engines. Both are renowned, but which works best for your application? Read on to find out.

Pros and Cons of Electric vs Hydraulic Motors

Chris Beaton

What are the pros and cons of electric vs hydraulic motors? We dig into the details to figure out when and for what applications each option is best suited for.

The Future of AC Motors: Advances in Energy Efficiency

Cory Soetaert

Energy efficiency isn't just a buzzword; it can directly impact your bottom line. Wondering if it’s worth it? Read on to find out.

Running a DC Motor with a Solar Panel

Cory Soetaert

Choosing to run your electric motor on solar power can help to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions significantly. However, the flow of voltage is not as consistent as what is required by your DC electric motor. Read on to learn how to make it work!

What Makes a Motor Farm Duty?

Chris Beaton

While many electric motors can be used in agricultural applications, there are some key features “Farm Duty” motors have that help them work well in the harsh and rugged applications found on the farm. Read more!

What Types of Motors Can Be Used with VFDs?

Chris Beaton

While the use of VFDs allows you to adjust the speed of your AC induction motor, not all motors are compatible with VFDs. Read this article to learn more about choosing the correct motor for your application.

How to Change the Direction of a DC Motor

Chris Beaton

A comprehensive guide on changing the direction of your DC motor. Read more to find out how to do so simply and without causing damage to your equipment.

Canada’s Top Farm Duty Motor Brands

Cory Soetaert

Find the best selection of high-quality and reliable farm duty motors brands designed to keep your farm operating at peak performance. Read more!

How to Check Brushes on a DC Motor

Cory Soetaert

By learning to inspect, maintain, and replace DC motor brushes, you will ensure a long life for your motor and avoid the cost of replacing the motor or the appliance as a whole.

DC Motor RPM vs Voltage

Chris Beaton

DC motor's speed, torque, and voltage are all interconnected. Understand the different ways you can control your electric motor. Read more!

How to Size a DC Motor

Chris Beaton

We look at the physical, mechanical, and electrical requirements to ensure the motor you have chosen is entirely up to the task. Read more!

What You Need to Know About Manufacturer Warranty

Cory Soetaert

Taking the time to properly understand your equipment's limitations and your intended application's requirements will help you operate your electric motor within the warranty's scope and avoid common user errors that could void your coverage.

Replacing an Overloaded Motor

Chris Beaton

Your motor has failed due to overload. Here are the next steps to take to replace your motor and how to keep everything within warranty guidelines for next time.

What Causes Motor Overload?

Cory Soetaert

Most, if not all, electric motor manufacturers do not provide a warranty if the product has been damaged due to overload. That is why you must understand what can cause motor overload, learn how to recognize it, and understand your intended application so you can avoid damage to your costly assets.

NEMA 250 Types vs IEC 60529 Ratings

Chris Beaton

NEMA 250 Types and IEC 60529 Ratings are systems of standardization for electrical equipment enclosures. However, since NEMA 250 Types test for additional protections, the two rating systems are not interchangeable.

How to Test an Electric Motor

Chris Beaton

A deep dive into maintenance to give you a better understanding of the tests used to monitor your electric motor and related components. Using the findings of these tests you’ll be able to put a maintenance plan in place that will keep your motor running in tip top shape, saving you time and money.

How Does a DC Motor Work?

Cory Soetaert

This article is your guide to the fundamentals of DC electric motors, giving you the information you need to decide for yourself if they're the right fit for your application.

Plant Maintenance Practices and the Opportunity for Outsourcing

Cory Soetaert

One of the key ways to keep your plant running smoothly and reduce downtime is to put some preventive and/or predictive maintenance processes in place. We go over the difference and talk about outsourcing in this article.

Top Reasons Why Your Electric Motor is Overheating

Cory Soetaert

Overheating is one of the leading causes of winding and bearing failure within an electric motor. Bu...

NEMA vs. IEC Motor Standards: What is the Difference?

Cory Soetaert

Electric motor nameplates carry essential information that helps you to quickly identify the motor m...

Extreme Weather Maintenance for Electric Motors

Cory Soetaert

Extreme weather changes don't have to cause you headaches and interrupt your electric motor operation. With the right preventative measures and routine maintenance, you'll be able to keep your motors running reliably in all weather conditions.

Maximizing Your Electric Motor Replacement

Chris Beaton

A brief overview of the considerations and steps you need to take when selecting a replacement for your electric motor.

Introduction to IEC Motors

Cory Soetaert

In today's digitally connected world, online suppliers like eMotors Direct can bring global electric...

What to Consider When Pairing Your AC Induction Motor with a VFD*

Chris Beaton

Running your AC Induction motor with a VFD gives you precise speed control, but there a few things to look out for. Avoid downtime and increase your cost savings with these motor and VFD pairing tips.

The Difference Between AC and DC Motors

Cory Soetaert

This article has given you an idea of what the key differences are between AC and DC motors and which of them is likely to be more suitable for your application.

Types of Motors (AC/DC)

Chris Beaton

A quick description of the types of electric motors. AC Motors, DC Motors, and Synchronous Motors.

Types Of HVAC Motors

Chris Beaton

Whether you're an HVAC technician operating a small business or managing an industrial plant's daily operations, this fundamental knowledge of HVAC motors will help you find the best motor solution for your application.

How to Deal with Motor Failure Over the Holidays

Cory Soetaert

Motor failures happen, but getting ahead of your preventive and predictive maintenance tasks can help you catch failures before they happen, reducing downtime and saving you money. Planning for the holiday season can ensure that your electric motors are running smoothly.

What is an Electric Motor?

eMotors Direct

A video explaining the basics of electric motors and how they work. Lean more about the electric theories that move these complex machines.

Taking Care of Your Electric Motor

Chris Beaton

Purchasing a high-quality electric motor, and taking care of it with regular preventative maintenance, ensures a long and trouble-free service life with uninterrupted productivity.

Standard Single Phase Motor Connections

eMotors Direct

The types of connections you'll find for single-phase electric motors.

Glossary - Motor Related Terms and Definitions

Chris Beaton

A glossary of electric motor terms from absorption current to pinfire sparking to yield strength and everything in between.

Quick Guide: Repair or Replace a Motor?

Cory Soetaert

A schematic from EASA, follow the flow to find out if you're electric motor is repairable or if it's time for a replacement.

5 Important Points to Consider Before Purchasing an Electric Motor

Chris Beaton

Here are 5 important points to consider before making an electric motor purchase. Efficiency, maintenance time and cost, environment of application, load expectations, and your condition monitoring abilities.

NEMA - Motor Frame Chart

eMotors Direct

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association has printed a framing chart for electrical motor systems. This chart contains information on standard NEMA frames vs horsepower, motor dimension chart, assembly position, and more.

NEMA Electrical Enclosure Types for Non-Hazardous Locations

eMotors Direct

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and Underwriters Laboratories, Inc have created a chart describing the different types of motor enclosures, with how each motor will deal with each respective environment.

Single-Phase vs. 3-Phase, Which Is Better?

Cory Soetaert

Two types of source power are sued to run electric motors. You'll find regular household power and the type of power that you'll find coming directly off of the grid. Different motors have been developed to run on both types of power. Click through to read more.

Are Stainless Steel Motors Worth It?

Cory Soetaert

Are stainless steel motors worth it? They're water and corrosion resistant, they provide very few opportunities for particle build up and are best for applications where cleaning and disinfecting are frequent.

Turndown Ratio in AC Motor Speed Control

Cory Soetaert

When you have an application that needs your motor to run at various speeds, there are 2 major factors you need to consider. Turndown ratio of the motor and understanding the difference between scalar and vector controls.

Non-Reverse Ratchet

Cory Soetaert

The non-reverse ratchet allows vertical pump motors to operate at any depth because of the reduced backflow after a pump is turned off. .

Basic Electric Motor Troubleshooting

Chris Beaton

5 basic tips on troubleshooting electric motor issues like failure to start, stoppage, failure to reach full speed, overheating, and vibration. Get from problem to diagnosis to solution with this article.

Electric Motor Safety

Chris Beaton

Prioritizing personnel safety by developing and adhering to strict electric motor safety procedures helps ensure that operators and technicians carry out their jobs in a smooth and effective manner, maximizing productivity and reducing the impact of maintenance schedules on your business.

Choosing the Right Industrial Motor For Your Application

Chris Beaton

By focusing on these key criteria like performance, size, cost, and more, you will be able to quickly narrow down your search and speed up the process of selecting an electric motor for your application.

Choosing an Electric Motor Enclosure

Chris Beaton

By understanding the NEMA and IP ratings and the key electric motor enclosure designs on the market today, you’ll have a better understanding of how to choose an enclosure for your application that ensures a long and trouble-free service life for your motor.

How to Select Your Next Industrial Motor

Cory Soetaert

Selecting the right industrial motor for the job can be as tough as the application of the motor. here are 6 factors to consider before making your next industrial electric motor purchase.

Selecting Electric Motors for Hazardous Locations

Chris Beaton

Choosing a motor that won't create an ignition source is vital when working in environments with potentially explosive or flammable elements. Here are four key criteria to consider.

Altitude Effects On Electric Motors

Chris Beaton

The effects of altitude on electric motors can result in heat-stressed motors and damaged electronics unless careful planning is carried out at the design stage. By choosing the right motor and controls for your high-altitude application, you can save money and reduce the total cost of ownership.

Replacing a Farm Duty Motor

Cory Soetaert

Farms are among the harshest environments for electric motors to operate in, even the toughest motors will wear out. By understanding why a motor fails, how to replace a farm motor, and preventing future incidents, you will maximize the reliability and minimize downtime.

Maintenance Tips For Farm Duty Motors

Cory Soetaert

Farm duty motors operate heavy machinery around the clock in harsh environments, where corrosion, wear, and overheating are constant dangers. These maintenance tips will help you operate at peak performance, reduce downtime, and save money.

Farm Motor Safety

Cory Soetaert

Maintaining strict safety protocols around farm duty motors helps protect you, your family, your employees, and your valuable livestock ensuring that your farm is a safe and productive environment season after season.

Troubleshooting HVAC Motors

Chris Beaton

A guide on the steps to take to trouble shoot your furnace (HVAC) motor and the related components that could contribute to the electric motor's failure.

Replacing HVAC Motors

Chris Beaton

Once you’ve diagnosed your HVAC problem and identified that a motor replacement is needed, ordering a replacement is simple with eMotors Direct.

Furnace Motor Replacement: Top Brands

Chris Beaton

Finding a furnace motor replacement can be hard, especially in Canada. In this article, we've highlighted 2 HVAC motor top brands.

Maintaining Your Industrial Motor in the Winter

Chris Beaton

Cold winter climates create a range of electric motors issues. With a clear understanding of these issues and how they arise, along with the right preparation and maintenance, risks can be minimized or avoided altogether to maintain productivity throughout the cold season.

Types of Motors that are Susceptible to the Cold

Cory Soetaert

Extreme cold temperatures can have several harmful effects on electric motors and their performance. Here's how to choose the right motors for your extreme cold weather conditions.

Motor Nameplate: What Information It Provides

EASA

Understanding your motor nameplate allows you to run your electric motor safely, efficiently, with as little downtime as possible, all while making the most off of your assets.

Replacing an Engine with an Electric Motor? Horsepower Is Horsepower – or Is It?

EASA

The units we use to measure horsepower are different when comparing an engine to an electric motor. Read on to learn more about the differences and what else you need to know before you make your replacement.

Long Term Industrial Motor Storage

EASA

Although having a backup inventory of electric motors is beneficial, they need to be stored properly to avoid damages. Here are 6 things to consider when storing your industrial motor long term.