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Fractional Horsepower Motor Manufacturers and Companies

IQS Directory implements a thorough list of fractional horsepower motor manufacturers and suppliers. Utilize our listing to examine and sort top fractional horsepower motor manufacturers with previews of ads and detailed descriptions of each product. Any fractional horsepower motors company can design, engineer, and manufacture fractional horsepower motors to meet your companies specific qualifications. An easy connection to reach fractional horsepower motor companies through our fast request for quote form is provided on our website. The company information includes website links, company profile, locations, phone, product videos and product information. Customer reviews are available and product specific news articles. This source is right for you whether it's for a manufacturer of fractional motors, fractional horsepower electric motors, and sub fractional horsepower motors.

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BEI Technologies specializes in linear actuators, electric actuators and linear motion components serving the automotive, medical, industrial, aerospace, and telecommunications markets. We manufacture a comprehensive line of fractional horsepower brushless DC Motors that are currently manufactured in sizes from 1.1" to 9.0" diameter capable of operating at speeds in excess of 70K RPM.
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At Electric Motor solutions, our goal is to provide the best motors and equipment to meet the needs of your application. Products include linear actuators, electric motors, speed reducers, custom motors, vacuum cleaner motors, AC motors, brushless controller/drives and more. Our extensive network of 1st class manufacturing partners allows us to offer time and money saving solutions.
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LEESON Electric Corporation manufactures fractional horsepower motors, AC and DC motors and permanent magnet motors. We provide high quality, durable equipment for many commercial and industrial uses. We are also an ISO 9001-certified company. Count on us for exceptional value and service!
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Carter Motor has over 80 years of experience in quality motor manufacturing. Some of the motors we manufacture include AC universal motors, small motors, DC universal motors, DC permanent magnet motors, DC shunt wound motors and gearmotors, along with many others. Contact Carter's Engineering Department for the design that meets or exceeds your expectations. ISO 9001:2000 certified.
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We have been in business since 1936 so you know you can count on Graham Motors and Controls to deliver the highest quality product. Located in El Paso, Texas we ship nationwide through our extensive network. Turn to us for all your motor and control needs. Call us today for more information or visit our website to see our products and services for yourself.
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Industry Information

A fractional horsepower motor is a motor built in a frame and has power rating smaller than one horsepower. Also known as FHP motors, being categorized as a fractional hp motor can be relative to the frame size as well as the amount of fractional horsepower. For instance, if the frame size is a 42, 48 or 56, the motor can still be classified as a fractional horsepower motor even if the horsepower exceeds one horsepower, although motors such as ½ HP motors and ¼ HP motors are more easily identifiable.

The frame size of fractional horsepower motors is based on the standards put in place by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), and at times, fractional horsepower motors can be referred to as NEMA motors. Despite being relatively small motors, at times even called miniature motors depending on the frame size, fractional horsepower motors are widely used for controlled motion in industries including: medical, for surgical devices in hospitals; automotive, for many applications such as electric windows, powered seats, central locking systems and more; residential, for household appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators; industrial manufacturing, in pumps, compressors and many other necessary components and processing and assembly applications; and HVAC, for the operation of equipment such as fans and blowers.

Fractional horsepower motors can come in a wide variety of types and can be fuel powered, although they are most often electric. Thus, most often seen as small electric motors, fractional horsepower motors can fulfill many functions as universal motors, variable speed motors and even reversible motors. As a universal electric motor, fractional horsepower motors are capable of functioning on either direct current (DC), in which the current flows in one direction or alternating current (AC), in which the current that flows in either direction. As variable speed motors, fractional horsepower motors are able to direct the rotational speed of an AC or DC motor, causing it to slow down or speed up as desired. Fractional horsepower motors are a popular type of variable speed motor because the smaller horsepower allows for easier control of motion and speed. As a reversible motor, fractional horsepower motors function to reverse the direction of rotation by way of a switch that controls the motor connections when the motor is inactive. Much like a variable speed FHP motor, reversible FHP motors work well because of the increased precision in control. Besides fuel and electrical power, fractional horse power motors can also be powered by means of permanent magnets, which are referred to as permanent magnet motors.

The basic design of an electric powered fractional horsepower motor consists of an enclosure, rotor, axle, coil and field magnet. Some contain brushes, which are used to help conduct the electrical currents. If the motor is brushless, then an external power supply must be used to transfer the current. Because of their lack of brushes, brushless electric motors are actually more expensive. Although they can be AC or DC, both types of electric fractional horsepower motors use magnets to provide the motion necessary for power generation. The magnets provide motion by reacting with the electrical current, which causes rotation by flowing through specific points of the motor. The rotational movement provides power that can then be transferred into the desired equipment. In order for an electric motor to be classified as a fractional horsepower motor, it must have a rated output power of 746 watts or less. A watt is a unit of measurement equal to one joule per second. The design of a fuel-powered fractional horsepower motor is similar, except instead of the coil and field magnet, a fuel-powered motor will feature exhaust valves and a fuel chamber. Commonly referred to as internal combustion engines, fuel-powered FHP motors may use either gasoline (called petrol in Britain) or diesel, although each type calls for a slightly different design.

Fractional horsepower motors are becoming increasingly popular in many industrial, residential and commercial applications. The technology for electric motors was first developed by Nicola Tesla in 1888, the year he patented his induction motor. However, it was when cities began to have electricity in 1915 that the fractional horsepower motor industry began to rapidly develop. In fact, fractional horsepower motors experienced their first big push in popularity in the 1920s due to the invention and eventual wide-spread use of appliance such as power washers. However, fractional horsepower motors began to truly become highly popular after World War II with the rise in consumerism experienced during the 1950s and 60s. Ever since, and particularly in the early 2000s, the market for fractional horsepower motors has steadily grown, showing no signs of slowing down due to their environmentally-friendly levels of power generation efficiency. Most notably, fractional horsepower motors have become widely used for applications such as automotive systems, household appliances and power tools. Often needing to be customized for more unique applications, the essential elements of a fractional horsepower motor that need to be kept in mind are the voltage, frequency and number of phases of power supply needed.

Fractional Horsepower Motors Types

  • 1/2 HP motor are fractional horsepower motors with a power output of ½ HP, which is roughly equivalent to 373 Watts. 
  • 1/4 HP motor are fractional horsepower motors because they output power that is less than one HP, or 746 watts when referring to electric motors.
  • AC (alternating current) motors are either induction or synchronous. They have a current that flows in either direction, usually with electric power.
  • DC (direct current) motors have variable speed operation capabilities with current, which flows in one direction. Often use electric power.
  • Electric motors are motors that convert electric energy into motion using magnetism.
  • FHP motors is the abbreviation for fractional horsepower motors, which are motors that are built in a frame, traditionally with a power output of smaller than one horsepower.
  • Gearmotors are a combination of a motor and gearhead that reduce motor speed to desired RPM's.
  • Integral-horsepower shunt motors are used when minimum speed variation requirements are necessary at constant potential with full to no load and/or constant horsepower.
  • Miniature motors also referred to as micro motors or small motors, are fractional horsepower motors that must not only fit the frame size and/or less than one horsepower requirements, but also size dimensions of a couple inches or less.
  • Multi-speed motors come in two, three or four speeds.  They have varying connections that can alter the speed at the starter, because of the way they are wound.
  • NEMA motors are electric motors that fit the standards set by NEMA, which stands for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.
  • Permanent magnet motors have magnets in their rotor assemblies. These allow the rotor assembly to arrange itself in a line with the rotating magnetic field of the stator, which results in no slip and higher torque efficiency.
  • Reversible motors can be AC or DC.  A typical DC motor is almost always reversible by changing the polarity of the field; an AC motor is reversed in a three-phase power motor by reversing connections of one leg and in a single phase by reversing the leads.
  • Small electric motors have less than one horsepower of power.
  • Small motors use a fraction of a horsepower, or 745.7 watts, of power to run.
  • Synchronous motors operate up to full load at a constant speed and are often used to maintain an exact speed. The rotor speed and the rotating magnetic field speed are equal.
  • Universal electric motors can run on either AC or DC power.
  • Universal motors are capable of operating on both direct current and alternating current.
  • Variable speed motors direct the rotational speed of an AC motor and can be found in many heating and cooling systems.
  • Variable torque motors are essentially multi-speed motors whose loads have varying torque requirements along with varying speed requirements. Found in pumps and blowers.

Fractional Horsepower Motors Terms

Actuator - A device that creates mechanical motion by converting various forms of energy to rotating or linear mechanical energy.
Coil (Stator or Armature) - Electrical conductors in the core slot, insulated from the iron core. They produce and transmit the magnetic field as current passes through.  
Commutator - A mounted cylindrical device, to which the motor brushes are attached, on the armature shaft made of copper segments set around the shaft.
Constant H.P. - Name used for motors with variables speeds whose loads need the same amount of horsepower despite their speed.
Core - The segment of the stator and rotor, usually iron; made up of cylindrical laminated electric steel.
Cycles per Second (HERTZ) - A complete reverse flow of alternating current during a rate of time.
Duty Cycle - The comparison of operating and rest times due to normal operating temperature.

Efficiency - The ratio of electrical input to mechanical output. It measures the motor's effectiveness when converting electrical energy into mechanical energy.  
Enclosures - Either open or closed, the frame or housing of the motor.
Endshield - The part of the motor housing that supports the bearing and acts as a protective guard to the electrical and rotating parts inside the motor. An endshield is often referred to as an "end bracket" or "end bell."
Horsepower (HP) - Work done per unit of time: 1 horsepower equals 33,000 foot-pounds of work per minute or approximately 746 watts. Motors for pumps are an example of a motor that is rated in horsepower.
Jackscrew - A device used for the positioning of a motor. These are adjustable screws fitted on the base or motor frame.
Load - The burden of the motor by its application. The required power to overcome the resistance of the machine it powers.
Motor - A device that turns a shaft by taking electrical energy and converting it into mechanical energy.
Rotor - Made of stacked laminations, the rotating component of an induction motor.
Shaft - The rotating part of the motor that protrudes past the bearings for attachment to the driven equipment.
Skew - The laminations arranged on a rotor or armature. These help abolish low-speed cogging effects in an armature and reduce induced vibration in a rotor.
Stator - In an AC induction motor, it is made of laminations with a large hole in the center for the rotor to turn and slots in the stator for the windings to be inserted.
Thermocouple - A device to detect temperature that contains two dissimilar metals which generate voltage as a function of temperature.

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