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Automated Grain Hopper

July 13, 2011

Being located in Northwest Iowa, Groschopp understands the harsh environments of the agriculture industry well. They partnered with a manufacturer to build automated hopper motors that could be retrofitted onto grain trailers and wagons. The greatest concern for this manufacturer was finding a motor that could stand up to dirt, grain, heat, cold, water, and vibration.

Groschopp knew this customer was on a tight budget, so they worked with them to find a motor that would meet their specifications, but not be more than they really needed. Groschopp’s MOTORTEC software allowed them to determine the exact specifications the application really needed, and the intermittent duty cycles allowed Groschopp to fit the customer into smaller sized motor than if the motor would have run continuously.

The customer ended up with a 12V DC planetary gearmotor that stayed within their 100A current limit. In order for the motor to produce enough torque, Groschopp modified the design of the gearbox to improve the strength of the output gears. To make sure the motor could hold up against the environmental challenges, Groschopp increased the protection of the motor to IP66, added a corrosion-resistant protection, and performed a submersion test up to one meter.


Challenges

  • High torque and high vibration for intermittent loads
  • Meet or exceed IP66 protection
  • 12VDC, 100A power supply limit

Solution

  • PMDC 12V motor designed within 100A current limit
  • High efficiency planetary gear reducer with strengthened output gears
  • Corrosion and IP66 protection

How to use the Motor Search Tool

Narrow your search by selecting motor type, gearbox, voltage, and phase options for your desired motor.

Select a dominant variable: choose one of the three parameters to narrow your search. The selected variable determines which slider bar you will be able to manually move.

Use the slider corresponding to your dominant variable to further narrow your motor selection. The other sliders will automatically move to show available ranges based on the range of your selected variable.

Results will upload as your search criteria changes. If you have any questions regarding your results or how to use the search tool, you can chat with us using the green tab on the left-hand side of your screen.


Note: Groschopp Universal motors are custom built to fit your application so no additional options are available to narrow the search. Selecting the Universal motor type will prompt a message taking you to the Universal product page.

Not sure what you need?

One of our team members would be happy to help. Contact us at 800-829-4135 or by email at sales@groschopp.com. You can also chat with us using the green tab on the left side of your screen.

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Universal Motors

Groschopp Universal motors are custom built to fit your application so no additional options are available to narrow the search. Standard frame sizes and motor features can be found on the Universal page.

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