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Low Power Factor

Richard Scott | General Manager, ALL-TEST PRO

Low Power Factor

Motors are designed to operate between 50 and 100% of rated load. Most motors’ best operating efficiency is around 75% of rated load. Power Factor (PF) is a measurement that can quickly determine the amount of load on a motor.  Typically, motors with low PF during normal operation are over-sized for that application and will cost more to operate than a motor more correctly sized. Motors operating with low PF will contribute to low system PF, which could result in high PF charges by the utilities and also create higher energy loss within the motor. Using PF to correctly size motors in the plant will result in increased electrical reliability and less wasted energy.

Electrical Signature Analysis (ESA) evaluates both voltage and current, thereby giving a broad view of motor system health, including incoming power quality. Combining this information with knowledge of the application can indicate opportunities for energy cost savings.

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Richard Scott General Manager, ALL-TEST PRO

Richard Scott is the General Manager of ALL-TEST Pro, located in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. He joined ATP in 2004 as a Regional Sales Manager, but first became involved with the ALL-TEST PRO line of motor testing instruments in 2001.