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#87932 - 05/04/04 07:33 PM Motor Lead Termination  
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When wiring industrial 3-phase motors, common practice as I've seen it has been to use wirenuts to connect leads to incoming power wires, and tape them off.

I recently received an IEEE-841 style motor, that has ring terminals on the motor leads. Is there some expectation or regulation that I must use some other kind of wire connection?

Does anyone know a reason I can't just snip off the ring terminals and use the wirenut technique?

Thanks,
Evan


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#87933 - 05/05/04 12:33 AM Re: Motor Lead Termination  
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Page 19 for MSC-series motor-stub splice. Though there may be local variations, bolted connections in motor j-boxes are fairly universal. http://tnbelectricalworld.tnb.com/contractor/docs/shrinkon.pdf

In some plants, non-bolted splices are a “dismissible” offense. Given IEEE-841 motors are Petroleum and Chemical—Severe Duty, bolted connections are likely a default requirement.




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#87934 - 05/05/04 09:42 PM Re: Motor Lead Termination  
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Thanks for the response, and the splice insulator reference.

So for the splice itself, I put a similar ring terminal on my power conductor, and just use any bolt and nut that are the right size to fit through the ring terminals?


#87935 - 05/05/04 11:53 PM Re: Motor Lead Termination  
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It may be best to use the existing ring terminal to size the machine bolt and ring terminal for external wiring. The T&B MSCs list a maximum bolt length. Zinc-plated steel hardware with star lockwashers have worked well for me.



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