Knowing how to use a product properly can make a huge difference in its performance and life. For example, knowing how to maintain cast iron pans properly can make them last longer. With electric motors, understanding the factors that affect motor life is the first step to extending life and decreasing costs in the long run.
Welcome to Oriental Motor's "Engineering Notes" Blog:
Products and technology are only valuable when coupled with skilled people and services to support them. ORIENTAL MOTOR U.S.A. CORP. has dedicated over 33 years to establishing a service and support system to better serve customers. It is our goal to provide the best product and service from the design phase, through the sale and beyond.
Our blog will feature:
- Introductions to New Products and Technology
- Application Examples, Improvements and Problem Solving
- Tips and Recommendations for Motor Selection, Installation and Use
I will never forget my first engineering project involving motors. I built a small elevator for a science class back in elementary school. Of course, it worked great during the testing phase, but it failed to perform when it counted.
The viscosity change in liquids can vary the torque required for mixing. For AC asynchronous motors such as AC induction motors, the rated speed is affected by load torque fluctuations, which may cause inconsistency in the final product. Is there a better motor for the job?
For someone who has never had experience wiring I/O for motion control, it can be scary the first time. If devices are not wired correctly, it can cause a range of issues from a motor simply not doing what's expected to irreversible product damage. I still get that nervous feeling before I press the START button on a demo. Murphy's Law, anyone?
Besides load torque, acceleration torque, speed, and load inertia, overlooking certain sizing parameters during the motor sizing process can literally make or break your machine.
Now that we understand the calculations behind load torque and load inertia, we're two steps closer to motor selection. You might be wondering why I separated load torque and acceleration torque calculations. That's because in order to calculate for acceleration torque, load inertia and speed must be calculated first.
Proper sizing of a motor requires that 3 criteria must be met: torque, load inertia, and speed. For the first part of this Motor Sizing Basics series, I will be explaining what load torque is, how to calculate it for specific application examples, and how it fits into the torque requirement for the application.
An AC motor can be simple to use, but its speed changes according to the size of the load or amount of voltage supplied. For an application where keeping a uniform speed is important, there is another type of motor that can improve performance.
The BLH Series compact BLDC motors and drivers have been around for a long time, and there is a good reason. Customers seem to favor the combination of a highly efficient, compact motor and a light weight board type driver that is easy to use. Having a high torque, flat style hollow shaft gearhead as an option also helps in increasing torque as well as minimizing footprint.