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Electric Motor Reliability Trifecta: Quality Control (Part 1)

Noah Bethel | Vice President-Product Development, PdMA Corporation

Trifecta refers to picking the top three finishers in a horse race, and it can be worth a lot of money. Applying that to motor reliability, what are the top three applications of test technology to ensure you win big in reliability? Quality control, trending, and troubleshooting. Today we will be exploring quality control.

Quality control doesn’t end at the warehouse. According to a study by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), 46% of the faults that reduce motor efficiency are caused by something outside of the motor. Things like power quality or power circuit anomalies, for example. Quality control starts with a new or refurbished motor and continues through the warehouse, pre-installation, and post-installation. Make sure that the beginning of the working life of a motor starts outright to ensure maximum life expectancy.

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About the Author

Noah Bethel Vice President-Product Development, PdMA Corporation

Noah has over twenty-five years of broad operations and electrical systems maintenance experience in industrial, commercial, and military settings ranging from nuclear submarines to world class amusement parks. His experience includes high and low voltage, AC and DC, power generation, power distribution, motors, and motor controllers. Noah is currently in charge of product development for new and existing PdM technology at PdMA Corporation.

Noah is a graduate of the University of the State of New York and the Naval Nuclear Power School and Training Unit. He is a Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional, with field experience in motor circuit analysis, current signature, power analysis, thermography, vibration analysis, oil analysis and ultrasonic testing.