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Ever consider purchasing a surplus electric motor?

02/26/2019

When it comes time to purchase an electric motor, whether its an AC Induction Motor, AC Synchronous Motor, AC Wound Rotor Motor, or even a DC Motor, you have many options to consider. What brand should you buy? Who should you buy it from? How do you get something that fits? How do you get the best deal?

How often do you consider a surplus motor as a viable option? There are many perks to purchasing a surplus motor but you also have to be careful when you purchase them to make sure you are getting what you expect.

What your new IIoT Gadgets wont tell you about your motors

02/05/2019

Let me start by saying that we love sensors and gadgets! In fact we are selling and installing sensors daily. The available IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) technologies for reliability and predictive maintenance have never been greater. The tools available today have saved hundreds of millions of dollars in lost downtime and repair costs. Some of these technologies boast that they call tell you of an impending failure down to the week/day of that imminent failure.

How much does a new electric motor cost?

01/23/2019

So... you are looking to purchase a new electric motor and you are trying to get an idea of what the cost will be. That's a pretty loaded question. Think of an automobile - you can get a pickup truck, a sedan, a coupe, or even a semi truck. What is it exactly that you need? Obviously a semi truck is going to cost a lot more than a standard family sedan.

How fast should you get your electric motor repair back?

09/27/2018

Time is money. When an electric motor is out for repair it can take days, weeks, or months to get it back. What should your expectation be? What are they even doing with the motor while its gone, why does it take this long? We feel a better question to ask is:

Does a quick repair lead to the best (long-term) motor reliability?

Replacing a VFD? Consider a Retrofit.

07/31/2018

Maintaining a plant can be costly as failures can and do occur. We plan for these situations in our budget meetings and look at historical spend data to set aside an appropriate likely amount to cover these costs. It’s smart planning. 

Finding ways to spend wisely without sacrificing quality or reliability can be a challenge but there are definitely ways it can be done. One thing to consider is a retrofit option when replacing or upgrading VFD’s (Variable Frequency Drives). In most cases a new drive can be installed using the existing wiring and enclosure.

How transparent is your motor repair shop?

07/12/2018

We have all dropped off our vehicle at a mechanic for an oil change and left with a bill 2 times the initial cost and have idea what we actual spent our money on.  The same can be said for motor repair, do you know what the motor failure was?  Did they explain what could have caused this failure?

IIoT vs. PdM (Internet of Things Vs. Predictive Maintenance)

06/27/2018

When you start a compare and contrast with Predictive Maintenance and the Internet of Things within the industrial maintenance world; you may have some people scratch their head and say, “are they not the same thing?”.  Well, the easy answer is a simple answer of yes and no.  Yes, they are both moving towards a new way of understanding maintenance and maintenance needs.  No, they are not the same because different tools and technologies are being used to assess equipment and assets. 

Cleaning Up & Consolidating Your Spare Motors

06/21/2018

With springtime coming to an end it’s not too late to get some last-minute spring cleaning done in your storerooms. So here are three ideas for cleaning up and consolidating your spare motor inventory.

 

Where should i buy my electric motors?

06/12/2018

In today’s day and age you can put any motor part or catalog number into an internet search engine and come back with numerous places to purchase the unit.  Being that the maintenance world tends to be on the reactive side of purchasing this makes it easy to get your hand on a product right away.  Is this always the best way to purchase a motor?  Is buying from the company you buy your bearings from a good idea? Maybe you are getting a chance to buy directly from the manufacturer? Or should you purchase from an EASA shop (Electrical Apparatus Repair Association) that is repairing your motors?  All of these options have pro and cons when it comes to buying.

Ultrasound Basics - "Can you hear me now?"

06/06/2018

There are many benefits to ultrasound, but before discussing them it is important understand what it is and how it works. Ultrasound can be defined as a detection method used to locate leaks such as; pressure, gas and vacuum. It can also be used for bearing, steam traps, and mechanical inspections. This is done by locating and trending decibel (dB) levels caused by friction.

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