Pre-engaged Starter Motors

Alongside traditional inertia starter motors, IPU can also provide pre-engaged starter motors for both air and hydraulic starting systems. Depending on your application, a pre-engaged starter motor could be the essential choice to comply with safety regulations such as ATEX.

Pre-engaged vs inertia starting

The key difference between inertia and pre-engaged starting is that the pinion on a pre-engaged starter motor fully engages with the ring-gear before rotating at high-speed. Unlike traditional inertia starter motors there is no collision between a rapidly rotating pinion and a stationary ring-gear. This is a key factor when operating in a flammable environment.

How does a pre-engaged starter motor work?

The starter motor is fitted with a relay valve which controls the movement of the pinion. When the starter motor is activated the pinion moves along the shaft until it comes into contact with the toothed ring-gear.

The pinion is then interlocked with the ring-gear before rotating to crank the engine.

As the engine gets up to speed the pre-engaged starter motor is protected from overspeed by a free wheel clutch (like the free wheel gear of a bicycle). At this stage the return spring retracts the pinion to its disengaged position.

 

Pre-engaged starting and ATEX

Pre-engaged starter motors are critical in areas covered by the ATEX safety regulations as any sparks caused by the starting system could be disastrous. IPU’s pre-engaged starter motors satisfy ATEX’s EN1834-1 and 2 safety standards as they eliminate the risk of sparks being generated by traditional inertia engagement.

 

  • ATEX handbook

    ATEX is the de-facto standard for industrial safety. Despite its scope and importance it is not well understood. IPU’s free ATEX handbook will tell you:

    • What ATEX is and where it comes from.
    • What industries and activities it applies to.
    • Why it helps you.
    • How ATEX approval can be awarded.
    • How ATEX applies to engine starting.
  • The Jetstream 5 air start motor is a pre-engaged starter motor capable of starting engines up to 80 litres. It's ideal for environments with explosive atmospheres (such as underground mines) as it is ATEX compliant.

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  • IPU’s M22 pre-engaged hydraulic starter motor provides guaranteed reliability, no matter how challenging or unpredictable the environment. IPU's M22 hydraulic starter motors is ATEX-approved for use in both gas and mining environments.

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    ATEX-approved starting
  • IPU’s M28 pre-engaged hydraulic starter motor provides guaranteed reliability, no matter how challenging or unpredictable the environment. IPU's M28 hydraulic starter motor is ATEX-approved for use in gas and mining environments.

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    ATEX-approved starting