Universal Electric Motors

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DC (direct current) motors flow in only one direction, while AC can alternate direction without affecting the operation of the appliance to which it is supplying power. Read Moreā€¦

Universal Electric Motors A universal electric motor is different from regular electric motors in that they can run on either alternating current or direct current supply. The basic difference between AC and DC power is the direction in which the current flows through the engine.

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Mankato, MN  |  612-746-7624

At Electric Motor solutions, our goal is to provide the best motors and equipment to meet the needs of your application. Products include linear actuators, electric motors, speed reducers, custom motors, vacuum cleaner motors, AC motors, brushless controller/drives and more. Our extensive network of 1st class manufacturing partners allows us to offer time and money saving solutions.

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Electric Motor Solutions $$$

Stratham, NH  |  844-858-5030

As a manufacturer of both custom and standard fractional horsepower motors, ElectroCraft makes it our goal to exceed the expectations of our customers at a low cost, no matter where they are. ElectroCraft is headquartered in New Hampshire, and has facilities operating throughout the US, UK, Germany, and China. Our products can be found in applications ranging from office equipment to medical devices to aircraft. Contact us today and tell us how we can help with your own application!

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ElectroCraft, Inc. $$$

Hauppauge, NY  |  800-893-3649

To meet the needs of this demanding market, ARC Systems, Inc. developed a unique team philosophy: to be a fully integrated, completely self-sufficient facility. From concept through engineering and production, ARC is committed to producing the highest quality fractional horsepower motors at competitive prices, delivered on time. Visit our website today to learn more!

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ARC Systems, Inc. $$$

Duluth, GA  |  800-275-4934

Our fractional horsepower motors cannot be topped! We manufacture fractional horsepower motors for a wide variety of commercial and industrial appliances and machines. Our engineers are committed to working with our customers one on one in order to come up with the perfect product that will fit your exact specifications. To learn more about what we may be able to do for you get in touch with our customer service division today!

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WEG Electric Corp. $$$

Titusville, FL  |  321-268-5500

Rex Engineering manufactures gear motors, AC motors and DC motors. We also specialize in sub-fractional HP motors and design all products to your custom specifications. We are focused on providing excellent customer service, quality workmanship, competitive pricing, and constant design improvements for more reliable and versatile products. Contact us today for more information.

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Rex Engineering Corp. $$$
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Universal electric motors are used in blenders, vacuum cleaners, power tools, clothes washers, fans, blow dryers, and other common appliances. They offer the advantages of DC motor capabilities running on AC power supply. A universal motor offers an advantage over regular AC motors because they have a high starting torque level.

Other characteristics such as high top speeds and compact designs are also commonly found with DC motors and not with AC motors which tend to provide lower speeds and operating power. Therefore, due to this ability, universal motors are suitable for applications which require high speeds for periods of intermittent use.

They are not suitable for continuous or prolonged usage, and even when used only intermittently, the life span of universal motors is considerably shorter than many other types of motors. Despite the flexibility to operate on both types of power supply however, a universal electric motor almost always runs on AC (alternating current) power.

Also called series-wound motors, universal motors tend to have many features and capabilities that are most often found with DC electric motors, particularly brush motors. As with all small electric motors, when determining the most suitable type of universal motor to use in a given applications, manufacturers should consider variables such as the required mounting type and enclosure, as well as the mechanical requirements of the operation.

These physical features will be dependent on the intended application and place of use for the motor, whether the enclosure needs to be weather proof and durable, or if it is not needed to protect the motor against other elements. Other factors to consider include desired start up torque and the required output capacity of a motor which will also be application dependent.

There are a number of motor choices, but many FHP motors are also standard designs which meet the basic needs of a range of applications. Universal motors are cost-efficient solutions for power supply and despite their shorter life spans still provide an excellent source of mechanical power.

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