Inside Advanced Energy's
Motor Test Lab
A quarterly publication for companies applying electric motors.
Advanced Energy's Motor Lab has been busy assisting customers with their compliance efforts to meet the EISA regulatory deadline
The EISA provided the industry with three years to plan for and become compliant with the minimum efficiency regulations defined in EISA 2007 for select three phase electric motors. Unlike previous minimum efficiency regulations EISA applies to both motor manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers (OEM) that employ covered motors in their products.
The impending deadline, along with advice on how to comply, has been highlighted in previous Advanced Energy Motor Test Lab Newsletters and in numerous magazine-articles that Advanced Energy and others have written on the subject. While our message did reach our traditional test clients and numerous new clients, we are still receiving calls and fielding requests for assistance. To handle demand, we recently added a second shift and we expect to be busy into the first quarter of 2011 helping motor manufacturers and OEMs meet the compliance requirements. As a reminder, our services include:
- A thorough review of covered products to develop a proper testing plan;
- Accredited testing in our NVLAP certified motor efficiency test lab; and
- Submission of all required forms to the Department of Energy (DOE) on behalf of our clients.
Additionally, we provide:
- Guidance once a new Compliance Certificate number is issued by DOE so motors and catalogues can be properly marked as compliant; and
- Careful record keeping of all testing performed so that in the following years we can easily help our clients remain compliant and meet the continuing requirements.
Our goal with all motor efficiency compliance projects is to take the headache out of the process for our clients. The Obama Administration is encouraging the DOE to step up enforcement activities for various products being sold in commerce. As such, there is no reason to believe enforcement of this regulation will be excluded. Consider this story a gentle reminder: if you have not already established compliance, you have very little time to at least show you have a plan. If you need assistance please contact us as soon as possible and we will gladly offer our expertise.
Proven Efficiency Verification Certification Awarded to Tennessee Armature and Electric
Advanced Energy is pleased to announce Tennessee Armature and Electric of Knoxville, Tenn., has recently achieved Proven Efficiency Verification (PEV) accreditation for motor repair – a stringent quality assurance program to ensure consistency in repairs while achieving energy savings. Tennessee Armature and Electric is now one of only six motor repair service centers in North America to receive this accreditation, demonstrating they have the necessary standards and procedures in place to return repaired motors to "like new" condition and performance.
2011 Motor, Drive & Automation Systems Conference
Make your arrangements now to attend the 2011 Motor, Drive & Automation Conference scheduled for March 1 & 2 at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Emmanuel Agamloh is scheduled to present "Technical Considerations for the Testing of Small Motors" during the conference. Advanced Energy will exhibit our testing and consulting services for motors and drives at Booth # 29 in the Exhibit Hall. If you are planning to attend, please stop by so that we can say hello.
The award winning paper entitled "An Evaluation of Induction Machine Stray Loss from Collated Test Results" by Advanced Energy's Dr. Emmanuel Agamloh has recently been published in the November/December 2010 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications.
Kevin Grace, manager, Motor Lab, recently spoke at the annual World Engineering Energy Congress. As more and more companies focus on energy efficiency, there is more demand on engineering departments to not only improve reliability and increase productivity of electric motors, but reduce energy consumption as well. Grace's presentation, "Motors 101: What Today's Engineers Need to Know," provided attendees with knowledge about the impact of existing electric motors on power generation, the principles of induction motor operation, new efficiency standards for three phase AC induction motors, and the principles of variable frequency drives (VFDs).
OEM Test Programs
For more information about Advanced Energy's OEM test programs visit our web site or contact David Berkowitz at 919 857-9047.
Inside Advanced Energy’s Motor Test Labprovides you with information about our testing capabilities and consulting services. If you have needs related to electric motors or drives contact Advanced Energy. Our goal is to make certain motors and drives operate as efficiently and reliably as possible. For more information about our motor testing and consulting capabilities, visit the Advanced Energy web site or contact
David Berkowitz at 919 857-9047.