Voices: Tactics and Practices

Tactics and Practices is a back-to-basics column written by Plant Services Chief Editor Mike Bacidore with contributing insight from industry experts.

 

Making the right motor decision: Rewind, repair, or replace

When a motor fails, weigh these factors to make the best choice.

When a motor fails, plant maintenance and engineering teams must decide between rewinding, repairing, or replacing the motor, and the best economic decision for a given asset is not always clear. What factors do industry practitioners evaluate in order to make a well-informed decision on repairing versus replacing?

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