Hermetic motor lab--A full suite of test equipment to evaluate these precision components used in residential and commercial air conditioning applications as well as air conditioning compressors. Calorimeter tests determine the energy efficiency rating (SEER) and protector development of compressors up to seven ton. This station is capable of testing multiple refrigerants including high pressure. Seven lock rotor test stands to measure motor's performance to this U. L. standard. To measure the motor's durability, we use plug reversal tests that utilize thermal shock, lock rotor amps, and cyclic operation under the most rigorous conditions--up to 250,000 cycles. We developed proprietary equipment to measure end-to-end and side-to-side thrust upon compressor start-up, a critical test to determine the bearing systems' ability to handle the load. Two simulators are used to test varnish/refrigerant compatibility to assure long-term reliability in the field. Pump products lab--Specialized performance and life tests designed to evaluate 1/8th through five horsepower motors used in water-moving applications as well as pumps and components. Includes a 400 square foot rain room for conducting U. L. testing, water tanks used to conduct cycle testing or to evaluate pump motor designs.
Our fully integrated design function uses computer-aided design tools and sophisticated math models to develop a motor design to meet customer electrical, performance, mechanical, and packaging needs. All design information is stored in a single data base for ease of access and to assure efficiency during the development process. We use web-based tools to distribute design information throughout our operations.
To assure optimum motor performance--particularly the increasing need for motor efficiency, we have 24 state-of-the-art dynamometers ranging in size from 2.5 ounce inch to 5,000 foot pounds. Our dynamometer labs are equipped with proprietary computerized data acquisition and analysis capabilities to within .2 percent accuracy full scale. This lab is capable of testing the entire Century Electric Motor product line, from 1/100th to 800 horsepower single-phase and polyphase designs.
With the growing customer interest in electronically controlled motors and enhanced system efficiency, we offer an electronics development lab that is capable of designing and prototyping electronic positioning, sensing, and controlling devices for electric motors. Recent developments include brushless AC and DC controllers, new low-cost variable-speed designs, and an electronic start switch for pump motors. Our engineers not only develop and test the designs but also source materials and components and work with customers on system integration.
High quality and enhanced efficiency require high-performance materials specially formulated for the application. Regal Beloit EPC, Inc. conducts extensive raw material analyses in its well-equipped materials and process control laboratories. We evaluate the magnetic properties, grain structure, and chemistry of motor lamination steel. Computerized tests determine the purity of aluminum used for die-cast motor components to assure optimum electrical performance. Regal Beloit EPC, Inc. magnet wire test lab is equipped with NEMA MW-1000 test equipment to evaluate performance. Magnet wire (both copper and aluminum) and magnet wire enamels are subjected to a wide range of tests, including scrape resistance, dielectric strength, thermoplastic cut-through, and adhesion. Proprietary windability tests assure magnet wire performs on production winding equipment.