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Don't Let New Motor Rules Agitate You

A Machine Builder Needs to Know Why His Company Has to Modify Its Machine Design

By Mike Bacidore

We've been using a three-phase, 1-hp, 56-frame stainless-steel motor to power the agitator on the food processing lines we build. Our motor supplier is telling us that, because of new DOE regulations, we won't be allowed to buy this same size motor any longer. The new size will be not only more expensive, but also slightly longer and would require us to make modifications to our machine design. What are these new regulations, and why are they doing this? What are my options?

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