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Analysis of the Repair vs. Replace Decision for Small AC Motors
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This morning in the course of my discussion, I would like to cover how we at Westvaco were handling our motor replacement decisions, how we are handling them now and how we determined the costs and benefits of such a change. As you have already gathered, some of us feel there is some money to be saved through the purchase of high efficiency AC motors in the 1 to 250 HP range. Our analysis at Westvaco suggested to us that there is a great deal of money to be saved. You have heard this from the suppliers side, General Electric and Baldor, as well as from the users side, Owens-Corning Fiberglass. Speaking from the user's standpoint, Mr. Nester addressed many of the technical and economic considerations which go into the decision whether to buy a standard efficiency motor or a premium high efficiency motor. He also commented briefly on the repair/replace decision. This last point is the question we asked ourselves and the topic of my presentation today.
Chamberlain, P. F. (1984). Analysis of the Repair vs. Replace Decision for Small AC Motors. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from