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The Types of Motor Starters & The Best Option For You

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Motor Starter

Electric motor starter on white backgroundSalient is Your Top Choice For Motor Starters

At Salient, our objective is to always provide commercial businesses with the highest quality tools available to ensure optimal power usage and assured access to electric power.

Motor starters are an excellent tool that we’re proud to provide as a means of ensuring the proper and safe usage of your generator power systems. Motor starters come in a variety of types to meet various levels of need.

We’re industry leaders in the supply of motor starters for use in industrial generators, and Salient has the knowledge to ensure you get the right motor starter for your needs.

What’s a Motor Starter?

Understanding what a motor starter is and how it impacts you and your business is integral to choosing the proper type. A motor starter, put simply, governs the use of electrical power in your generator. When a generator is first activated, it generates a powerful electric current. Though brief, this current, if not properly handled, could seriously harm your business and commercial equipment.

The motor starter performs two functions: One, the starter will decrease and control the current generated upon activation of your generator. Two, the motor starter will regulate and increase the current once your generator has stabilized, improving function and use while preventing an electrical surge.

If a surge is detected and the maximum current capacity is exceeded, your motor starter will shut down the generator to preserve safety.

The 3 Types of Motor Starters We Offer

At Salient, we handle three major types of motor starters: wye-delta open transmission, soft-start solid state, and wye-delta starter OEM.

How do these differ, and which type of motor starter suits your needs? Let’s elaborate:

  • Wye-delta open transmission. This is a somewhat-standard electromagnetic starter system designed to safely reduce voltage in the operation of major commercial equipment. The system is suitable for and often implemented in the operation of pumps and air compressors.
  • Soft-start solid state. Often used in most major commercial equipment, a soft-start starter motor is an RVS (reduced voltage starter) that functions through the use of a fluid, magnetic forces, or steel shot to lower startup current and control torque. Soft-start motor starters are often used in conveyor systems, generator use, and other general-purpose functions. Salient soft-starters include SCRs, overload relay, and by-pass contactor.
  • Wye-delta starter OEM. A wye-delta starter system featuring sub-panel mounting, 120-volt coils, and a starter wye-delta timer system for control systems that don’t incorporate timer functions initially.

Motor Starter Solutions With Salient in Charlotte, NC

When you need power supply and motor starter solutions for your commercial business, you can count on the expertise and superior products supplied by Salient. Our family-owned and -operated business has been at the top of the industry for years, and we can guarantee products and solutions that suit your every need.

Want to learn more about our starter motor options? Contact us online or call 704-594-4107 any time.

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