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  • The Hidden Cost of Incomplete Hydrodynamic Bearing Maintenance

    Reliability and maintenance engineers can improve up- time and save money on both long-term maintenance and downtime costs by properly diagnosing and correcting bear- ing vibration issues when they exceed their acceptable lim- its. is requires inspecting the housing as well as the liner for wear, and replacing them as a pair when the housing is worn, so that wear-in between the mating surfaces can oc- cur. Without proper contact between the housing and liner, fretting damage will drastically reduce the life expectancy of the liner. Although the upfront cost is greater, the investment required for complete pillow block replacement versus the cost of replacing the liner alone, which is the most common maintenance practice, should be compared in order to ex- pose the hidden cost of incomplete hydrodynamic bearing maintenance.
  • Expanded gear motor packages now available

    The rugged, dependable Dodge® Motorized Torque-Arm II (MTA II) has expanded to use severe duty Baldor-Reliance® motors, as well as standard duty motors, providing customers with heavy duty solutions for tough applications. Assembled to order, these packages can minimize assembly time on site, allowing the facility to be up and running faster. Flexible designs are also available with stock IEC motor adapters to accommodate globally available motors.
  • Vertical gearmotors installed in pump stations designed to protect New Orleans

    When completed, the Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps (PCCP) project will be able to pump over 55 billion liters per day from New Orleans’ three outfall canals into Lake Pontchartrain, preventing another natural disaster like the devastating Hurricane Katrina In August of 2005, a brutal storm hit the Gulf Coast of the United States burying more than 80 percent of the city of New Orleans under 15 feet of water and debris. With more than 1,800 dead and millions of people left homeless, Hurricane Katrina is considered one of the worst natural disasters in US history.
  • ABB continues its transformation

    “ABB delivered its second consecutive quarter of revenue growth. Underlying operational performance improved considering last year’s communicated correction of insurance reserves,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. “We are seeing the first signals of market stabilization in some process industries, as well as some growth signals in early-cycle businesses. Power Grids’ order pattern for the quarter reflects a Chinese HVDC project, which was awarded in Q1 2016. Overall, underlying demand in China remains positive.”
  • Greenville, SC gear plant achieves zero landfill status

    Our Baldor Electric gear plant in Greenville, South Carolina has achieved Zero Landfill status in 2017. The term “Zero Landfill” means that 100% of the plant’s waste is diverted from the landfill and converted into recycled products or used for energy. This plant, celebrating its 40th anniversary in Greenville this year, is the global producer of Dodge® shaft mounted speed reducers. In late 2016, this team began exploring ways to increase its recycling efforts in response to a company initiative to achieve a 20% waste reduction by 2020. The team, led by Mike Trench, Maintenance Manager, and Roy Patterson, Maintenance Engineer, saw the initiative as a way to lower the plant’s carbon footprint, increase recycling, and decrease the amount of waste that was sent to a landfill.
  • Vertical Pumping, Bigger Isn't Always Better | External link

    For a lower cost, highly efficient solution for low speed, high horsepower, vertical pumping applications, think smaller. Using planetary gearing and standard, low-pole-count motors offer a very good alternative to traditional high-pole-count motors. This article will examine design criteria and advantages of vertical gearmotor technology as well as applications that could benefit from this technology.

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  • The Hidden Cost of Incomplete Hydrodynamic Bearing Maintenance

    Reliability and maintenance engineers can improve up- time and save money on both long-term maintenance and downtime costs by properly diagnosing and correcting bear- ing vibration issues when they exceed their acceptable lim- its. is requires inspecting the housing as well as the liner for wear, and replacing them as a pair when the housing is worn, so that wear-in between the mating surfaces can oc- cur. Without proper contact between the housing and liner, fretting damage will drastically reduce the life expectancy of the liner. Although the upfront cost is greater, the investment required for complete pillow block replacement versus the cost of replacing the liner alone, which is the most common maintenance practice, should be compared in order to ex- pose the hidden cost of incomplete hydrodynamic bearing maintenance.
  • Expanded gear motor packages now available

    The rugged, dependable Dodge® Motorized Torque-Arm II (MTA II) has expanded to use severe duty Baldor-Reliance® motors, as well as standard duty motors, providing customers with heavy duty solutions for tough applications. Assembled to order, these packages can minimize assembly time on site, allowing the facility to be up and running faster. Flexible designs are also available with stock IEC motor adapters to accommodate globally available motors.
  • Vertical gearmotors installed in pump stations designed to protect New Orleans

    When completed, the Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps (PCCP) project will be able to pump over 55 billion liters per day from New Orleans’ three outfall canals into Lake Pontchartrain, preventing another natural disaster like the devastating Hurricane Katrina In August of 2005, a brutal storm hit the Gulf Coast of the United States burying more than 80 percent of the city of New Orleans under 15 feet of water and debris. With more than 1,800 dead and millions of people left homeless, Hurricane Katrina is considered one of the worst natural disasters in US history.
  • ABB continues its transformation

    “ABB delivered its second consecutive quarter of revenue growth. Underlying operational performance improved considering last year’s communicated correction of insurance reserves,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. “We are seeing the first signals of market stabilization in some process industries, as well as some growth signals in early-cycle businesses. Power Grids’ order pattern for the quarter reflects a Chinese HVDC project, which was awarded in Q1 2016. Overall, underlying demand in China remains positive.”
  • Greenville, SC gear plant achieves zero landfill status

    Our Baldor Electric gear plant in Greenville, South Carolina has achieved Zero Landfill status in 2017. The term “Zero Landfill” means that 100% of the plant’s waste is diverted from the landfill and converted into recycled products or used for energy. This plant, celebrating its 40th anniversary in Greenville this year, is the global producer of Dodge® shaft mounted speed reducers. In late 2016, this team began exploring ways to increase its recycling efforts in response to a company initiative to achieve a 20% waste reduction by 2020. The team, led by Mike Trench, Maintenance Manager, and Roy Patterson, Maintenance Engineer, saw the initiative as a way to lower the plant’s carbon footprint, increase recycling, and decrease the amount of waste that was sent to a landfill.
  • Vertical Pumping, Bigger Isn't Always Better | External link

    For a lower cost, highly efficient solution for low speed, high horsepower, vertical pumping applications, think smaller. Using planetary gearing and standard, low-pole-count motors offer a very good alternative to traditional high-pole-count motors. This article will examine design criteria and advantages of vertical gearmotor technology as well as applications that could benefit from this technology.

New Products

  • Fire Pump Motors Available from Stock

    Fire Pump motors are for use on fire pumps installed per NFPA-20. All motors meet UL requirements (File # E481231) in open drip proof enclosures designed for relatively clean and dry environments. Foot mounted motors are available from stock in ratings of 10-300 Horsepower and close coupled pump designs are available from stock in rating of 10-100 Horsepower. For custom designs please contact your local Baldor•Reliance sales representative.
  • Exceeding Premium Efficiency Performance Using Hybrid Motor Technology

    We are proud to announce the latest motor technology - achieving efficiency performance two to four efficiency bands above NEMA premium® efficient levels (IE3) by utilizing a hybrid motor design.
  • Performance and Reliability in the New RPM PD DC Series

    Baldor Electric Company is pleased to introduce a new platform of DC motors in a power dense, low profile package with enhanced DC motor technology for performance and reliability. The RPM PD series offers an alternative to motor rewinds or expensive AC conversions.
  • Quantis® E-Z Kleen Gearmotors : Built for High Pressure Washdowns

    Baldor Electric Company is proud to announce a new addition to our washdown family of enclosed gear reducer products - the new Baldor•Dodge Quantis® E-Z Kleen Gearmotor. Quantis E-Z Kleen gearmotors are the premier choice for food, beverage and meat processing applications, designed for maximum reliability, while providing industry leading washdown protection.
  • Raptor Coupling

    Baldor is excited to introduce the Baldor•Dodge Raptor coupling, with patented WingLock Technology. Featuring a finite-element optimized winged elastomeric element design, the Raptor provides longer driven equipment life and improved reliability.

Awards & Recognition

  • Malinowski Recognized for Contributions to Global Energy Efficiency

    At a recent industry affairs conference held in Zurich, Switzerland, Baldor Electric Company’s Senior Director of Industry Affairs, John Malinowski, was recognized with the MS’16 Award “for his personal engagement to make IE3 premium efficiency motors the global market standard”.
  • Companies Honored With BSAs First Ever Excellence Awards

    The Bearing Manufacturer Excellence of Innovation in Product Design Award recognizes companies for innovation and excellence in product design or technology. BSA distributor members reviewed and ranked manufacturer innovation submissions. Among the abundance of innovative product designs submitted, three submissions were chosen to be recognized for their outstanding service to the end use customer.
  • Control Design Readers' Choice Awards 2016

    For more than 15 years, Control Design Magazine has conducted an unaided ballot to more than 22,000 subscribers who have buying authority or influence at their organizations and asked them to list their go-to sources.
  • Control Magazine Readers Choice 2016

    Readers of Control Magazine have named Baldor Electric as their top pick in the Electric Motors category for 2015, an honor Baldor has received for the fourth year in a row.
  • SC Division of Labor Announces 2016 Safety Award Recipients

    Eighteen South Carolina businesses have been recognized by the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s Division of Labor for their commitment to safety. The Division of Labor’s Safety Awards Program is open to all South Carolina Employers.
  • Baldor is recipient of a Fifteen Million Man Hour Award

    Little Rock – Leon Jones, Jr., Director of the Arkansas Department of Labor has announced that Baldor Electric Company, a division of ABB (5711 R. S Boreham Jr St, Ft. Smith, Arkansas 72901) is the recipient of a Fifteen (15) Million Man Hour Award.

Industry News

  • 5 Application Errors to Avoid When Installing Spare Motors

    Cost cutting on existing equipment will include using spares from idled equipment instead of buying new ones. While this may be necessary, it may not save money if the spare is improperly matched and installed. Low oil prices are greatly affecting the investment and installation of new pumping equipment. Cost cutting on existing equipment will include using spares from idled equipment instead of buying new ones. While this may be necessary, it may not save money if the spare is improperly matched and installed. Focusing on the same horsepower (hp), revolutions per minute (rpm), frame size and voltage is not enough. Ignoring five motor application considerations discussed in this article will cause additional downtime faster than expected.
  • Consider machine integration in the design phase

    Machine integration and automation should be planned in the conceptual phases of a machine project, says Baldor’s Kirkpatrick. "The amount of integration will usually have a considerable effect on the required wiring—control, power, communications—which must be accommodated in the design and installation phases," he says.
  • Engineer Uptime Into Your Conveyor's Bearings

    Downtime is often blamed on poor maintenance or lack of maintenance. Undoubtedly proper maintenance is important in keeping your conveyor in uptime and not downtime. However, there are many operators with exceptional maintenance practices who struggle with downtime. A contributing and often overlooked cause of downtime is the conveyor’s bearing selection.
  • Smart Motion Boosts Machine Productivity

    Distributed intelligence has made motion control a much more valuable aspect of automation technology. Motion advances that employ smart actuators—from collaborative robots that can move like humans to modular platforms that simplify machine design—enable OEMs to produce machines that are faster, more accurate and less prone to breakdowns.
  • WEFTEC 2016 - Visit the Water Experts from Baldor

    As cities and towns continue to grow, the demand for Water and Wastewater capacity as well as the cost of energy will continue to increase. System optimization will be required to meet the increased demand, reduce overall operating costs and comply with new regulations. Stop by the booth #1817 and learn how to improve the overall efficiency and increase reliability in your facility.
  • Showcasing Solutions at MINExpo 2016

    Visit Baldor Electric Company, a member of the ABB Group, at MINExpo® to learn how to increase uptime and improve competitiveness with reliable motor and mechanical solutions. Located in ABB booth C-8271, Baldor experts will be on hand to discuss your challenges and ways to improve your operations.

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