Motor applications in the various primary segments, such as livestock, have increased demand in equipment with increasingly advanced technology, designed and built to meet the needs of continuous service operations. Frequent equipment starts and stops, requires highly reliable motors that support the additional load imposed by the harsh environment. That is why WEG motors are designed to work in agricultural applications that require high torque performances. The growing technological need of agribusiness, connecting people and the use of highly reliable equipment, makes all the difference in the productivity of farms.

Application example of the W22 Motor in agribusiness

A distributor of grain processing equipment, which used a motor to drive its dryers, replaced the old motors with WEG W22 motors, suitable for heavy duty regime, and found that this line was a better fit and brought more value to the application as a whole. The return on investment was so successful that, over the past 18 months, our customer upgraded all equipment to WEG products.

The WEG motors of the W22 line offer a service factor of 1.25 hp with 100HP, which competing products do not offer. This motor line is most suitable for agricultural applications, as it offers compatibility with “harmonics in electrical systems,” which is an abnormality in the quality of the energy being delivered to a system. These abnormalities can include low power factor, voltage variations, as well as frequency variations and surges. WEG motors are designed to accommodate these types of problems, which often occur in agricultural applications.

W22 motors withstand voltage imbalance

Voltage imbalance occurs because farms rely on energy supplied by utilities in many different phases. This has been an unresolved industry issue for some time. In an ideal scenario, each phase should receive a current of 10 amps, however the concessionaire can supply a phase with 9.3 amps, another with 11.7 amps and another exactly with 10 amps. This variable current represents a challenge for farmers and their equipment, as they need motors that can operate efficiently without losing power.

As farms expand into larger spaces - some up to 5,000 acres - there is a need to switch to heavy duty motors, as more voltage is required, and a three-phase motor helps to reduce incurred costs. Thus, the use of WEG motors, compared to general purpose motors, is the best option for the type of application required by farms.

Heavy duty electric motors also offer better insulation for a higher operating ambient temperature, and are suitable for a 1:20 speed variation range. It is not uncommon for the motors to operate at an external temperature close to 100 degrees. With WEG’s better insulation, the motors can work with a colder temperature, increasing durability and consequently operating for longer periods of time.

General purpose and standard motors previously used in the agricultural sector, no longer make sense for the current industry climate. For this reason, WEG recommends motors such as the W22 line, with its the ability to work in the most difficult conditions.

The use of agricultural equipment such as WEG products guarantees farm owners the reliability they need to operate without the risk of unplanned downtime.