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It was becoming routine – every few months a 5HP motor running an important application would need replaced due to unplanned motor failure! A small motor was causing downtime, maintenance expenses, and frustration with the team.
Instead of just selling a replacement, the Decatur Industrial team of experts investigated the situation to understand WHY the motors were failing at a rapid rate and see if there was a better motor solution for the application.
Upon review, it was discovered that the area where the motor sits is frequently washed down since the material being processed in the location is highly corrosive. Therefore, we recommended a Siemens IEEE 841 Severe Duty 100 motor with a copper rotor as opposed to the Brand X they had been using. This would also allow for long-term energy cost savings and better reliability.
The Siemens motor was 26% less expensive than their past motors and it had two bearing isolator seals to help keep water and contamination out. That results in a savings of $5,000 in direct expenses plus the savings in downtime and emergency maintenance. Also, for every extra year past the two years the new motor lasts provides an additional savings of $3,500.
Below are pictures of the endbells (bearing housings) on their old motor, with contaminates still in them.