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Electric motors: what about the cost of NOT running?

When you consider the whole-life cost of an electric motor, what immediately comes to mind? No doubt the initial purchase price, followed by the running costs i.e. what will be spent on energy during the motor’s operational life.

However, one aspect of electric motor ownership that is frequently overlooked is the cost of not running, commonly known as downtime. Processes such as production lines can be extremely costly to operators when they fail. Here’s why downtime can be so expensive:

  • Lost production means orders are not fulfilled, affecting budgeted profits
  • While machinery is out of service, staff are being paid despite being unable to work
  • Letting customers down can have a long-lasting effect on a company’s reputation.
  • If a customer decides to take their business elsewhere, not only does your company suffer lost revenue; one of your competitors benefits in the process
  • The cost of unplanned repair is difficult to budget for

To ensure electric motor-driven processes are reliable and efficient, planned maintenance should be carried out at regular intervals. This allows faults to be identified before they occur, allowing remedial action to be taken during scheduled shutdown periods.

Gibbons Engineering Group is the go-to provider for maintenance of motor-driven processes in the south east, London and across the UK for clients operating in sectors as diverse as food and beverage production, wastewater treatment and textile manufacturing.

If you can’t afford for your process to be out of action, speak to one of our experts about our comprehensive electric motor maintenance service by calling 01621 868138 or email

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