Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Ian Allan, ABB's UK Business Unit Manager for Motors and Generators, writes: ABB’s updated guide to low voltage motors contains all you need to know about specifying an electric motor for your application.

The 128-page guide gives you a concise run-down of all the important factors from the size, power rating and mounting style to energy efficiency standard compliance, enclosure ratings and hazardous area certification.

All the various energy efficiency levels and standards are explained in the guide. This includes the latest IE efficiency levels from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), along with other standards from global organisations such as CENELEC (the European Committee for Electromechanical Standardisation) and NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association).

Low voltage motors - Motor guide
The guide, designed for all motor end users from design engineers through to maintenance staff, covers dimensioning, energy efficiency, enclosure levels, electrical and mechanical protection, noise, installation and maintenance.

Motor installation and maintenance best practices are outlined. This includes inspections and checks that should be considered on delivery, handling, installation and operation. It covers correct mounting steps, alignment guidance and re-lubrication and maintenance requirements.

There is also a dedicated section on variable-speed control that outlines the functions, the ways in which it can be used to control an electric motor and the benefits of using a variable-speed drive on an application.

You can download your copy of the ABB LV Motor Guide via the ABB website or you can request a printed copy by sending an e-mail.