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ABB Launches New Range of Flame-Proof Motors in India

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ABB India, the engineering and technology conglomerate has launched its new range of flameproof (FLP) motors for applications in potentially explosive environments. These motors will be manufactured at the company’s Faridabad facility in Haryana.

Need for FLP Motors in Explosive Industrial Environment

Electrical instruments have always a chance of short circuit and catching fire. This can be potentially dangerous in explosive environments like Gas plants, Oil refineries, Flammable chemicals etc. Hence, it becomes crucial to ensure the safe use of electrical apparatus. FLP motors can withstand the pressure caused by an internal explosion, contain further damage and prevent flame propagation outside the enclosure.

Advanced Surface Treatment and Flame Path in ABB FLP Motors

ABB in its release stated that the flameproof motors come with an advanced surface treatment that resists even extreme environmental conditions. As per ABB’s press release dtd 5th January 2022, machined surfaces forming part of the flame path are built more stringent than the required standards. The release further mentions that AAB’s FLP motors are also thoroughly inspected and protected against any kind of damages to ensure safe and reliable enclosure. There are also cast shrouds on the bolts which provide additional mechanical safety and protection.

Expressing his views on launch Mr. Sanjeev Arora, President, ABB Motion India said “With this launch, we have set a new benchmark for safety and energy efficiency in the flameproof market segment. Our locally manufactured motors are designed with improved safety features and ensure a more energy-efficient operation for customers in India”.

Standards and Features of ABB’s Newly Launched Flame Proof Motors

As per ABB’s press release, ABB is offering these FLP motors in IE2 and IE3 efficiency classes with frame size ranging from small to medium (80- 250). The output range starts from 0.18 – 55KW and are rated for temperature between –20 °C and +45 °C.

These motors are also certified by Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organization (PESO), a Govt. of India nodal agency for regulating the safety of hazardous substances such as explosives, compressed gases, and petroleum.
Need for FLP Motors in Explosive Industrial Environment

ABB’s Flame Proof Motors: Digital Monitoring for Predictive Maintenance

ABB offers the option to activate remote condition monitoring feature in its flameproof motors with the help of their proprietary ABB Ability smart sensors. The motors can be factory fitted with these sensors as an option. This feature provides information on motor condition and performance to operators. Thus maintenance can be planned according to actual needs rather than on the basis of time intervals or operating hours alone. This shall cut maintenance costs and reduce or even eliminate unplanned stops.

The only other well known brand which is manufacturing flame-proof motors in India is Crompton Greaves.

About ABB India: ABB India Ltd (Formerly Known as ABB Ltd), founded in 1949, is one of the World’s leading engineering companies and a direct subsidiary of Switzerland based ABB Group. It has 14 manufacturing facilities in India with 18 marketing offices and around 800 channel partners