Helpful Resources - General Software
1-2-3 Approach to Motor Management
An innovative software tool, the 1-2-3 Approach demonstrates how industrial and commercial facility managers can reduce downtime and save energy by proactively managing their motor fleets. It is easy to use and provides information quickly.
The 1-2-3 Approach, developed by MDM sponsors, is a good starting point for small to medium-sized companies that might not have the resources to develop a motor management plan. Using a limited amount of customer input, the tool calculates annual motor operating costs and presents financial data for future decisions based on life-cycle costing. In this way, the 1-2-3 Approach user can make an informed decision on the cost effectiveness of repairing a motor or replacing immediately or upon failure, with an EPAct (current federal minimum efficiency standard) or NEMA Premium® motor, and plan accordingly. It is available free of charge (one-time registration required; all contact information is confidential).
Created by Washington State University through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, MotorMaster+ 4.0 is a comprehensive program that allows users to create and manage their motor database. It also contains manufacturer’s information for more than 20,000 AC motors, including nameplate data, list price, repair costs, and other information. The MotorMaster+ 4.0
software is available free of charge and may be downloaded from the BestPractices website. It can also be obtained by calling the EERE Information Center at 877-337-3463.
Canadian Motor Selection Tool (CanMOST)
CanMOST, the Canadian equivalent of MotorMaster, was developed for Natural Resources Canada by the Washington State University Extension Energy Program as part of the International Motor Selection and Savings Analysis (IMSSA) project. It is a software program that analyzes and compares the efficiency of three-phase electric motors.