PdMA - A Leader in Electric Motor Testing

Tip of the Week

New Year Motor Reliability Tip

It’s the beginning of a new year and time to remind ourselves of the need for an annual review of our caution and alarm setpoints. Whether you are leaning on reliability, operations, or even machine learning for your alarm monitoring you should annually review the setpoints to make sure they are not too conservative resulting in nuisance alarms, or too liberal resulting in missed indications leading to unexpected failures.

Remember to check in with your equipment vendors during this review to identify any default alarm setpoint changes they recommend and to learn of any new tests or alarms that have been added through software updates. Be careful not to allow a more conservative setpoint established by your equipment vendor to overwrite a local setpoint developed from experience with onsite analytics and historical knowledge. Pay close attention to any application or system changes that would demand a new baseline for alarm setpoint establishment and learning. For MCEMAX® users the interpole and series windings are new sections added to the DC Motor testing. Once the baseline is established it is important to establish alarm setpoints.

Although your equipment vendors should be keeping you abreast of industry standard changes, it is a good idea to check in with the high profile standards for any changes affecting your industry. For the electrical reliability industry IEEE, EASA, and NEMA are examples of high profile industry standards that your electrical reliability team should be aware of.


Submit an Electric Motor Testing Tip of your own and receive a free PdMA mug or hat if we publish it! Contact Lou.



New Year Motor Reliability Tip
January 13, 2020
Click here to read more.

Click Here to Read More Tips

Learn More - Videos

Click on a topic below to watch a short video of the subject.


Fault Zones
Power Circuit Fault Zone
Power Quality Fault Zone
Rotor Fault Zone
Stator Fault Zone
Air Gap Fault Zone
Insulation Fault Zone

Case Studies
Click Here to View Case Studies


PdMA Announces the Release of MCEGold 3.1.2 SP1
To read more about this release click here.

PdMA Celebrates Milestone
On August 1, 2018, PdMA celebrated its 25th anniversary.
To read more about it click here.

2019 Training Schedule Posted
The PdMA® training schedule for 2019 has been posted.
Click here to view the schedule

PdMA Announces the Release of PdMA Cloud Services
To read more about the release click here.

PdMA® Corporation Releases MCEGold® 3.0
To read more about release click here

2014 Best Asset Condition Management Program Winner
Click here to read about the winner.

PdMA® Corporation Releases MCEGold® 2.6.2
To read more about release click here.

Announcing the New M-Series MCEMAX® Tester
To read more about the release click here.

Introducing MTAP3
The affordable MTAP3 offers the ability to safely capture data in many of the smallest enclosures where the MTAP2® cannot be installed.
Click here to learn more.

Click Here
to Read More News.