Motor Management

Motor management devices are used to provide data needed to operate motors at peak efficiency and to maximize their useful life. The information collected about a motor, its associated load and how it operates, will make it easier to reduce its energy costs. By monitoring the current, temperature and voltage of a motor, conclusions can be made about energy usage, quality of the motor’s terminal voltage, loading concerns, starting characteristics, excessive cycling and maintenance.

Another important aspect of motor management is motor protection. Motors are expensive to repair and replace, therefore utilizing protection devices to detect overcurrent conditions can prevent damage before it occurs. Electrical overcurrent can sometimes occur due to improper operation of equipment or the short-circuiting of cables or motor windings. Overcurrent protection relays can prevent motor damage by monitoring the electrical current in the motor circuit and breaking the circuit when an overcurrent is detected.