Every motor end-user hits a point where they need to cross reference a motor to a newer replacement. Whether it’s because the previous model is pricier, out of stock, or no longer being manufactured, knowing how to identify a proper cross reference replacement is vital to keeping your supply chain consistent.
What is an electric motor cross reference?
Motor cross-referencing involves a series of systematic steps to identify an equivalent electric motor to substitute an incumbent. Since motors come in different ratings and shapes with each one having unique performance characteristics, it’s important to be able to identify a suitable replacement that won’t disturb operations.
Here, you’ll be able to identify “must-have” parameters as well as specifications that have more flexibility when performing a cross reference.
How to Cross Reference
We’ll take you step-by-step through the process you should follow to find your needed electric motor replacement.
Gather Nameplate Data of the Motor to be Replaced
First and foremost, start with the nameplate of your existing motor. This will serve as your guide to the specifications you need to match and identify in a new motor.Your motor nameplate will be your best source for the following features:
- Part/Catalog Number
- Power Size
- Frame size
- Base Type
- Flange Type
- Application Details
- Full Load Amps
- Service Factor
- Enclosure Classification
- Protector Spec
Identify Your “Must-Have” Parameters
While finding a like-for-like replacement is ideal, that’s not always an easy option. When matching up motors, keep an eye out for these must have specifications:
- HP – Matched or a higher rating
- Service factor – Matched or a higher service factor, unless going to a higher HP rating motor
- Pole – Matched
- Voltage – Matched. You can point a Single voltage to Dual voltage, but not the other way around
- Flange – Non-flange motors can be crossed to Flanged motor, but not vice versa
- Base – Matched
- Frame size – Matched base frame and suffix
- Frequency – Matched or if single frequency, the motor can be replaced by 50 / 60 Hz designs that contain the original frequency
- Speed – Matched
- Rotation – Matched unless crossing to a reversible motor.
- Thermal protector – You can point a non-protected to a protected motor, but not vice versa
- ODP / DP Can Use TEFC, TENV
- OPEN Can Use ODP / DP, TEFC, TENV
- TEFC Can Use TENV
- TENV Can Use TEFC
- TEAO Can Use TENV, TEFC
- Explosion Proof Must Match
- Contact factory when using an ODP, TEFC, or TENV motor, having a Protector, in an "Air-Over" application
Optional Parameter to Consider
These specifications are important, but not necessary to meet the operational replacement of your motor:
- Agency Certifications – Should match local requirements
- Efficiency –Matched or higher efficiency
- Shaft – Recommended but not required
- Bearing type – Not required
- Conduit Box location – Not required
Cross referencing electric motors is an exercise in understanding your motor and what exactly you need it to do to keep your production line going. Being able to identify your high priority parameters is vital to ensuring safety, uptime, and motor longevity.
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