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Free Electric Motor Storage - Is it Really Free?


Being an innovator in Equipment Management with over 40 years of experience with electric motors & powertrains, it’s kind of in our blood to talk about how we do things. In conversations with perspective clients on our approach to equipment management we often hear “my motors are stored by my repair shop for free”. We have all heard the old saying “that nothing is free” and “you get what you pay for” so let’s think about “free” and what you are getting.

Having those old sayings in mind we start asking questions. Questions like, do they periodically test your motors? Do they spin the shafts? Are all of the motors in their warehouse ready for service? Have they ever sent you a motor from their warehouse that did not run or only lasted a short time? Have you ever visited their warehouse and checked on the conditions? People can spend $40,000 on a car and know exactly where their car is and its condition at all times but don’t really know where and under what conditions their $750,000 motor is stored. Oh, and another point, your $40,000 car is insured. Is your $750,000 motor insured in the “free guys” warehouse? You might want to ask.

Are Your Spare Electric Motors Ready to Go When They Are Needed?


Your plant or industrial facilities have spare electric motors. They sitting on a shelf in your warehouse "ready to go" in the event you need them. However... how do you know for sure they are "ready to go"? 

Ever consider purchasing a surplus electric motor?


When it comes time to purchase an electric motor, whether its an AC Induction Motor, AC Synchronous Motor, AC Wound Rotor Motor, or even a DC Motor, you have many options to consider. What brand should you buy? Who should you buy it from? How do you get something that fits? How do you get the best deal?

How often do you consider a surplus motor as a viable option? There are many perks to purchasing a surplus motor but you also have to be careful when you purchase them to make sure you are getting what you expect.

Proper Storage Practices for Spare Electric Motors


Many companies have spare electric motors in their warehouse in the event of a critical motor failure. Many times this can be an intelligent decision, allowing for quick change out in the event of a failure (or pending failure) or during a scheduled outage or shutdown.

Should Your Motor Vendor Store Your Spare Electric Motors?


As a motor repair facility and supplier of new motors you tend to get asked the question, do you offer storage for my spare electric motors? When deciding if you should move your spares you need to ask yourself a few questions about what you are currently doing in-house:

  • Are these spares getting inventoried regularly?
  • Are the shafts being spun regularly?
  • Is the area clean of dust/debris?
  • Are they stored in a temperature controlled environment?
  • Are they stored seperate from a repair production area? 

Motor Management is more than just storing a few motors!


The term motor management has been used for a variety of items. The most commonly used definition is typically storing motors in a warehouse, what we like to call a "motor hotel." Is simply storing motors the definition of motor management or should it be more?

We say that it should be much more than just storing a few motors. A true motor management program should be looking at everything involved in that motor's life; from purchase to repair to all the different systems it ran as a part of.  Motor management is an all encompassing program that lives and breaths reliability and up time.

Is Having a Spare Electric Motor a Good Investment?


A question for the ages, Should you purchase a spare electric motor to have "on-hand" in the event your motor fails? A simple question but there is no clear answer out there. The reason for that is because it all depends on your situation, the type of motor, and the criticality of the driven machine.

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