Initial higher cost of efficient electric motors pays off

03/8/2013 | Manufacturing Business Technology

A variety of manufacturing factors ranging from the use of neodymium batteries and more copper wiring to better aerodynamic efficiency in cooling fans can produce significant energy savings in industrial electrical motors. These add to the initial cost, but "the motor's purchase price is only about 2% of its life cost based on a 20-year life. When compared to a motor’s purchase price, electricity to run the motor continuously is about 11 times the purchase price," said John Malinowski, senior product manager for AC motors with Baldor Electric.

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