How to Protect your Motor from Overload

motor from overload

Oftentimes things end up taking an unfavourable turn, all thanks to our negligence or not being able to make repairs at the outset. One such case of negligence would be motors exploding/burning from overload. This article specifically deals with ways to protect your motor from any sort of internal and external attack.

Ways to avoid overloading

There are different ways by which you can tell that your motor needs some attention and it is better to deal with it on the dot. If your motor shows any of the following signs, then you may need to call up some technician.

  1. Smells like it has been burnt while being on
  2. It is louder than it is usually
  3. Wiring can often indicate overload motor
  4. More current drawing than it does usually
  5. Insufficient torque may be telling you that your motor needs attention
  6. It is out-and-out overheating

How you can avoid it

Following are the tips you must follow to avoid motor overloading.

  1. One can avoid such overload by adhering to what has been set out by manufacturer’s in the form of instructions and guidelines. The reason why this needs to be high on your list of priorities is because these overloads are not covered by any warranties, so this can prove to be an extortionate mistake.
  2. Another way to avoid uneventful is to get an upgraded motor if you think and believe your motor needs upgrading. Plump for the motor with increased KW.
  3. Next up is the way that we have been laying emphasis on since the beginning. You do not want to splurge money on something which could have been avoided had you paid due attention to it. So, never be incautious about your motor and other appliances.
  4. You cannot keep taking the matter in your hands for long. Sometimes you have to rely on professionals to keep a thing working. Servicing your motor periodically will help your motor as they would be able to tell you if your motor is being overworked or if there is any chance of overload. Accordingly, you can plan out to cut the downtime.
  5. Another way to avoid mishap is to have an ABB smart sensor built on your motors. What these do is turn your motor into a wireless hinting at possible servicing and repairs if it needs any. This is done by comprehending the vibrations emitting off of your motor while they are in use and combining the same with ABB data. You will then be sent an email stating that your motor requires some touch-ups. The installation process will not take much of your time if it is a standard motor nor will it be complex to set it up. Just call up the engineers and they would take it up.
  6. Now this next step may seem a bit off. If your motor has already been put through the wringer of overloading, and is needing an urgent repair, just get it rewound. If you go for rewinding, it would save around 40% of the cost that you’d lay out in favour of a new one. This way it favours the environment all the while letting you heave a sigh of relief from teething issues.

Again, not all motors could be rewound and at times it is better to get a new one. But if you plump for service providers who deal with such issues, they will be able to tell you honestly whether a replacement would be worth it or not. Or you could get your old motor exchanged for a new one having this feature of rewinding.

Final Words

We just dove into an article that deals with motor overloading and how it could be avoided. The article also laid out a few ways or signs to tell if there’s something up with your motor that can possibly affect it and make it impossible for you to keep using it efficiently and effectively for a long run. Go through the article once and check if your motor is showing any of the aforementioned signs and if it does, try out the ways we set down in our article or call up the technician right away.


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