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  • Minimum Design Speed Considerations for Sleevoil Bearings for Industrial Fan Applications

    Slow speed operation of fan systems within the air handling industry is generally performed due to two reasons: a coast down operation is required for hot (induced draft) fans to cool down before shutdown (often by using a turning gear), and operational efficiency improvements can be achieved during non-peak periods by slow speed operation using a VFD. In either case, when these fans are supported by hydrodynamic bearings, it is the oil film thickness developed from the bearing-shaft interaction that limits the minimum speed that can be maintained without causing premature wear and bearing failure. This paper will present a brief overview of lubrication theory and critical design parameters to achieve slow speed operation.
  • Understand the Effects of Premium Efficient Motors on Older Pump Systems

    Many users have replaced worn-out motors on older pumps. Close-coupled pump motors made before late 2010 did not have a regulated efficiency. In one recent case, a user replacing a 7.5-horsepower (hp), two-pole motor discovered that the motor had been drawing more than its nameplate amperage. This was because the old motor operated at 3,419 revolutions per minute (rpm) and the new motor at 3,542 rpm, which meant the pump was actually drawing 8.3 hp rather than the rated 7.5 hp—and producing more water flow. To adjust output, the pump’s impeller would need to be changed or trimmed based on input from the pump manufacturer.
  • Webinar: Impact of the Amended Motor Efficiency Rules on the Pump Industry

    This timely webinar will take a look at the Small Motor Rule and the upcoming Integral Horse Power Rule efficiency requirements for motor manufacturers as these requirements evolve and change. The event will discuss how these rules impact end users in the pump industry.
  • Safety Every Day for 18 Years | Belton, SC

    Today is another safe day at Baldor's Belton, S.C., manufacturing plant. Like the day before it or the day that will follow, the first focus for all 130 employees throughout the plant is safety. It is safety that has driven the plant's growth over the past decade, and it is safety that permeates the culture in Belton.
  • Demystifying Lubrication in Bearing Applications | Webinar

    In partnership with Plant Engineering Magazine, join us for a FREE webinar as we discuss the different methods of lubrication that are available for mounted ball bearings; weighing their merits, drawbacks, and practicality.
  • Continued Margin Growth in Tough Markets

    “We delivered the eighth consecutive quarter of margin accretion through our continued focus on execution,” said CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. “In the third quarter, we experienced significant macro uncertainties around Brexit and the US elections as reflected in the low order pattern.

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  • Minimum Design Speed Considerations for Sleevoil Bearings for Industrial Fan Applications

    Slow speed operation of fan systems within the air handling industry is generally performed due to two reasons: a coast down operation is required for hot (induced draft) fans to cool down before shutdown (often by using a turning gear), and operational efficiency improvements can be achieved during non-peak periods by slow speed operation using a VFD. In either case, when these fans are supported by hydrodynamic bearings, it is the oil film thickness developed from the bearing-shaft interaction that limits the minimum speed that can be maintained without causing premature wear and bearing failure. This paper will present a brief overview of lubrication theory and critical design parameters to achieve slow speed operation.
  • Understand the Effects of Premium Efficient Motors on Older Pump Systems

    Many users have replaced worn-out motors on older pumps. Close-coupled pump motors made before late 2010 did not have a regulated efficiency. In one recent case, a user replacing a 7.5-horsepower (hp), two-pole motor discovered that the motor had been drawing more than its nameplate amperage. This was because the old motor operated at 3,419 revolutions per minute (rpm) and the new motor at 3,542 rpm, which meant the pump was actually drawing 8.3 hp rather than the rated 7.5 hp—and producing more water flow. To adjust output, the pump’s impeller would need to be changed or trimmed based on input from the pump manufacturer.
  • Webinar: Impact of the Amended Motor Efficiency Rules on the Pump Industry

    This timely webinar will take a look at the Small Motor Rule and the upcoming Integral Horse Power Rule efficiency requirements for motor manufacturers as these requirements evolve and change. The event will discuss how these rules impact end users in the pump industry.
  • Safety Every Day for 18 Years | Belton, SC

    Today is another safe day at Baldor's Belton, S.C., manufacturing plant. Like the day before it or the day that will follow, the first focus for all 130 employees throughout the plant is safety. It is safety that has driven the plant's growth over the past decade, and it is safety that permeates the culture in Belton.
  • Demystifying Lubrication in Bearing Applications | Webinar

    In partnership with Plant Engineering Magazine, join us for a FREE webinar as we discuss the different methods of lubrication that are available for mounted ball bearings; weighing their merits, drawbacks, and practicality.
  • Continued Margin Growth in Tough Markets

    “We delivered the eighth consecutive quarter of margin accretion through our continued focus on execution,” said CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. “In the third quarter, we experienced significant macro uncertainties around Brexit and the US elections as reflected in the low order pattern.

New Products

  • 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.
  • Metal Detectable End Covers

    Baldor Electric introduces a new addition to our bearing family - Baldor•Dodge Metal Detectable End Covers, designed to provide a safe solution for food processing facilities. Baldor•Dodge Patent Pending Metal Detectable End Covers are constructed of a durable, high-density, polyethylene (HPDE) material containing stainless steel, allowing the end covers to be detected by x-ray and metal detectors used in food and beverage applications.

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

  • 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.
  • Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia

    We are headed to Houston, Texas for the 45th Turbomachinery & 32nd Pump Symposia, September 12-15 and invite you to stop by the booth (#3141) to chat with industry experts from Baldor. Baldor will be showcasing a complete offering designed specifically for the pumping industry including motor and mechanical power transmission products.
  • Are Smaller IIoT Applications The Next Wave for End Users

    In a recent Maintenance Technology podcast interview with Ralph Rio of the ARC Advisory Group, Dedham, MA, we discussed Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) maturation and what to look for in terms of reliability and maintenance (R&M).

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