Engineering Notes by Oriental Motor

Welcome to Oriental Motor's "Engineering Notes" Blog:

Products and technology are only valuable when coupled with skilled people and services to support them. Since 1978, ORIENTAL MOTOR U.S.A. CORP. has been building 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:

  • Introduction to new products and technologies
  • Motion control basics and application examples
  • Tips for motor selection, programming, and troubleshooting

 

What Does Ingress Protection Really Mean for Electric Motors?

Posted by Johann Tang on Apr 30, 2024 9:00:00 PM

What Does Ingress Protection Really Mean for Electric Motors?
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Electric motors drive our world, but they can be susceptible to environmental hazards like dust or water. This article explores IP ratings and codes, what they are, how they're tested, and why they're critical for motor durability and reliable performance.

 

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Topics: Conveyor, AC Motors, Speed Control, VIDEOS, BLDC Motors, Washdown, Application Examples, Motion Control 101, Motion Control Basics

Why Brushless Motors Make Sense for Conveyors

Posted by Johann Tang on Aug 31, 2023 6:53:31 PM

In today's fast-paced industrial landscape, the role of conveyors has become more crucial than ever. These systems efficiently move materials, products, and goods for numerous industries, from labeling and packaging to warehousing and distribution.  While many types of motors can be used in conveyors, this article highlights a few reasons why brushless motors should be a primary choice for conveyor applications.

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Topics: Conveyor, Speed Control, VIDEOS, BLDC Motors, Application Examples

Peristaltic Pump Motor Selection Tips: Brushless Motor or Stepper Motor?

Posted by Johann Tang on Jun 26, 2023 8:15:00 PM

This article highlights the advantages of brushless motors and stepper motors for driving a peristaltic pump, which is among the most common motor applications in medical, pharmaceutical, biotech, and diagnostic equipment.  

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Topics: Stepper Motors, Speed Control, BLDC Motors, Pumps, Application Examples

Troubleshooting Basics: Motor Noises

Posted by Johann Tang on Nov 16, 2022 2:30:34 PM

Motors exhibit noise.  The important thing to know is how you distinguish normal noise from abnormal noise, and how to troubleshoot.

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Topics: AC Motors, Stepper Motors, Speed Control, BLDC Motors, Gearheads, Troubleshooting

Case Study: Using Agricultural Automation to Improve Production Efficiency

Posted by Johann Tang on Jul 19, 2022 7:57:05 PM

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, global food prices reached an all-time high in 2022.  This case study explains how a vegetable farm in Hokkaido, Japan, improved production efficiency and reduced costs by building in-house automation.

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Topics: AC Motors, Speed Control, BLDC Motors, Washdown, Case Study

Carbon Output Calculation of Electric Motors

Posted by Johann Tang on Apr 22, 2022 2:18:22 PM

Increasing power efficiency and minimizing the carbon footprint is the trend these days.  Do you know how to calculate CO2 emissions from your electric motors, and which types of motors emit less?

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Topics: AC Motors, Speed Control, BLDC Motors

What is Modular Automation?

Posted by Johann Tang on Mar 16, 2022 7:04:08 PM

Modular automation is the next phase of factory automation where a production line can be separated into mobile modules and can be quickly reconfigured for different purposes.  This article explains the benefits of modular automation and shows how smaller, lighter, and battery-driven motors can help.

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Topics: Stepper Motors, Robotics, Alphastep Hybrid Control, Linear & Rotary Actuators, Speed Control, VIDEOS, BLDC Motors, Application Examples

Video Explainer: Features of the New BLV Series R Type

Posted by Johann Tang on Jan 28, 2022 8:27:56 PM

The BLV Series R Type brushless DC motor and compact driver not only reduces the size and weight of the original BLV Series driver but offer an upgrade to the motor as well.  This blog post uses videos to explain the features offered by the BLV Series R Type.

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Topics: Robotics, Smooth Drive, Speed Control, VIDEOS, BLDC Motors, Software, Network

Motor Sizing & Selection Example: Variable Speed Belt Conveyor

Posted by Johann Tang on Dec 28, 2021 12:00:00 PM

Many motor manufacturers offer a motor sizing tool to help with product selection, but if you don't know how to use it, you may still end up paying for it in the long run.

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Topics: Speed Control, Motor Sizing, BLDC Motors

Technical Manual Series: Technologies Used with Brushless Motors (Part II)

Posted by Johann Tang on Oct 29, 2021 7:55:31 PM

This is a continuation of the blog post, "Technologies Used with Brushless Motors".  In this section, we explain the efficiency aspect of brushless motors and compare them to AC motors.

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Topics: Speed Control, BLDC Motors, Technical Manual Series