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  • Peg Minichiello

4 Questions To Ask Before Troubleshooting Your Large Motor Drive

We all know that troubleshooting a motor can be a mammoth task.

This task can be simplified by making sure you have all the correct tools and information at your disposal before you begin.

Here are four questions to ask before you begin the troubleshooting process.

Have You Prepared For The Troubleshooting Process?

As far as possible, it’s important to know exactly what you’re in for. Perform a hazard assessment to ensure you know what conditions you and your team will be working in. Take into account how many people are needed during the troubleshooting process as well as what skills are required amongst them.

Do You Have The Instruction Manual On Hand?

Don’t even attempt to troubleshoot your motor if you don’t have the manufacturer’s instruction manual on hand. Most of the time the instruction manual itself contains troubleshooting steps and processes to follow as well as precautions that need to be taken & warnings that must be noted. If you don’t have access to the instruction manual, go to the manufacturer’s website and download it from there—a digital copy is better than nothing.

Is the Neccessary Personal Protection Equipment in Place?

When you’re working on live electrical components there is a number of safety practices and equipment needed as stipulated by The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). Are you aware of what this equipment is, and what the proper personal protection equipment is? If your answer is not ‘yes’, you cannot begin troubleshooting.

Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

Before you undertake troubleshooting, you need to make sure you are prepared for any emergency situation that may arise. Be sure to know exactly where the fire extinguisher, alarm, nearest telephone and the emergency equipment & exits are located. Ensure that anyone who is participating in the troubleshooting with you is trained in the proper emergency procedure.

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