Couplings are often forgotten until a project is nearing its end.

Owing partly to tradition, the shafts of electric motors are often larger than those of the equipment they drive.

Couplings are often forgotten until a project is nearing its end.

Advanced motor protective relays provide superior protection for motors and pumps. pump system optimization

A flexible coupling's primary functions are connecting two shafts, transmitting power from a driver shaft to a driven shaft and accommodating the misalignment between them.

The SI system is the modern day version of the metric system, and the U.S. gets a lot of grief for not embracing its inherent transportability across international boundaries.

It is impossible to balance line-to-line voltages perfectly in a three-phase circuit.

Last September, we spoke about the importance of pipe-to-piping alignment, evaluating actual numbers, and tabulating stress values as they approach yield stress of pipe at various values of misalignment. This time, we will discuss the effects of pump-to-motor misalignment, beyond hype or generalities, by numerically quantifying the conclusions.

Proper alignment of the pump shaft with the driver can reduce vibration and significantly improve reliability.

For the first time, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) adopted energy conservation standards for small electric motors in February 2010.

Mechanical resonance occurs when an external source amplifies the vibration level of a mass or structure at its natural frequency.

Named for a technique commonly used on failing pumps, "percussion maintenance" - where a technician beats on the pump's stalled motor with a hammer or rubber mallet - often indicates motor deficiencies in his diaphragm pump.

Bigger is better — or at least it used to be

Significant energy and money savings are realized when using variable speed motors controlled with drives.

This three part primer is a basic introduction to AC power for those in the pump industry who need a place to start. It will also provide several web references to access if you would like to further your understanding of this interesting and essential topic.

Introduced in June 2010, Super-E Motors with AEGIS Shaft Grounding Ring are used in commercial and industrial applications.

Although a number of AC motor designs are used, the induction motor is, by far, the most common and will be the topic of this column.

The frame sizes (physical dimensions) of AC motors have changed substantially through the years. Originally, they were considerably larger than those in use today.

As a follow up on my AC Motors series, I thought it would be a good idea to provide a short overview of work, power and torque as it applies to the AC motor.