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 More…
ElectroCraft, Inc.Stratham, NH | 844-338-8114
When reliability and power are a must, the universal motors you find at ElectroCraft can operate with high efficiency, low voltage, and at a low cost. Applications that our universal electric motors serve include robotics, packaging, automotive, and medical equipment. Electric motor products include the CompletePower™ Plus Universal Drive, complete with a user-friendly configurable interface. For more details, contact ElectroCraft today!$$$
Moog Inc.Elma, NY | 716-652-2000
We began over fifty years ago designing and supplying aircraft and missile components. Over the last fifty years we have grown into the company we are today manufacturing custom fractional horsepower motors and other motors for our customers around the world. We were established in 1951 and ever since then we have been offering excellent customer service that the competition cannot match! We want to put our experience to work for you! Visit our website today to learn more about what we may be able to do for you!$$$
Bodine Electric CompanyNorthfield, IL | 800-726-3463
For over a century, Bodine Electric has manufactured the industry's leading & largest line of stock & custom AC, DC & Brushless DC fractional horsepower electric motors, gear motors & controls. Bodine's high-quality, competitively priced motors are available from a national distributor network. Our Bodine gearmotor components can also be modified. Choose from over 1,000 standard FHP gearmotors.$$$
Motor Specialty Inc.Racine, WI | 262-632-2794
Welcome to Motor Specialty! Since 1947, we have been designing and manufacturing custom universal motors for machine tool, medical, dental, agricultural and a number of other industries. We are also capable of providing dependable shunt wound fractional and integral horsepower motors. Our motors may be enclosed or open, with reversible rotation and internal or external brush structures. At Specialty Motor, you can also find permanent magnet motors, flexible shaft motors and special purpose electric motors. Contact us today for your motor needs.$$$
Hankscraft, Inc.Reedsburg, WI | 608-524-4341
Hankscraft has been in the fractional horsepower motors industry since 1920. With our extensive background in the industry and years of experience we are a trusted manufacturer and supplier. our decades of contract manufacturing experience, have given us the knowledge and expertise to have an extensive and growing list of capabilities available for our customers worldwide.$$$
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.