Is this possibly the cheapest reliability invention ever created?

Is this possibly the cheapest reliability invention ever created? Yes, I’m serious, the humble grease nipple cap. It costs pence but can save you thousands…… Think about it and what it does, it protects contaminants from getting into the lubricant. Next time you walk around your plant, take a look at your equipment. How many grease nipples can you see …

Signs that your HMI or touchscreen control will soon fail.

HMIs and touchscreen control panels are common on modern-day factory equipment, they are the interface between the machine and the operator. Hence Human Machine Interface – HMI. But did you know they are constantly giving us feedback about their own health status? Well if you know the subtle signs to look for, HMIs in my opinion, give so much information …

So why do you replace all those capacitors?

“So why do you replace all those capacitors?” This question came about during a discussion with a guy who looks after the engineering stores of a food production company. We were discussing a repair that we had recently carried out for him on a sizeable VSD. I was showing him photos of the power PCBs and driver PCBs. He admitted …

Is electric motor rewinding good for the environment?

Matt Fletcher, Managing Director of Fletcher Moorland, explains how the motor repair sector is supporting the drive towards protecting natural resources and the environment. It’s a pretty simple scenario; let’s say you have a 160kW motor that’s failed. You are either going to send it for repair or replace it. Does the environment (or, put more simply – recycling) play …

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How a LinkedIn post resulted in a stepper motor repair for us

This is a LinkedIn success story where a referral enabled us to help a new customer. We were tagged into a post after a LinkedIn member posted a picture and a simple request for a motor repair. We replied to the post, along with many others initially offering help, we saw many recommendations for several companies which are where LinkedIn …

On first viewing you can see the rotor lamination pack on the left-hand side, then the cage extended to a length greater than the lamination pack

Have you ever seen one of these motors before?

On first viewing you can see the rotor lamination pack on the left-hand side, then the cage extended to a length greater than the lamination pack, there are air agitation fins on the extended cage and what looks to be another alloy cladding the extended cage. I’ve had 35 years in and around the motor repair business and this was …

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Overspeed on a series wound DC machine, a lesson learnt

Well, it seems I’ve generated a great deal of interest with my post regarding an accidental over speed of a DC motor we had repaired. Just last week, I posted a photo of a DC motor armature after it had been accidentally overspend, after we had rewound it. Here’s the original post A great learning experience I posted it to …

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Everyone knows the importance of core loss testing, but why do so many rewinders dismiss it?

“One of the most important quality assurance tools in the motor rewinding trade is the core loss tester Websites and promotional material from electric motor rewind companies from around the world tend to push one message “Quality Electric Motor Rewinds”, after all, nobody is going to admit to being sub-standard in a competitive industry. But what amazes me, is how …