July 2002

Special Report: Plant Utilities

Consider online predictive technology to reduce electric motor maintenance costs

Continuous monitoring can increase plant revenue and minimize downtime

Flickinger, G., GE Inspection and Repair Services; House, M., GE Power Systems; Lee, S. B., GE Global Research Center; Weinstein, H., GE IDAX

M. House, GE Power Systems, Schenectady, New York; S. B. Lee, Ph.D., GE Global Research Center, Niskayuna, New York; H. Weinstein, GE IDAX, Norfolk, Virginia; and G. Flickinger, GE Inspection and Repair Services, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Electric motors are rugged and reliable electromechanical energy conversion devices. However, severe environmental conditions, misoperation or the equipment's age can cause operational malfunction. The average large electric machine's annual failure rate is minimally estimated to be 3%.1 In enterprises that require motors to be operated under hostile environmental conditions, such as the

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