MRO Magazine

Network of certified shops for electric motor repair/rebuild to expand in Canada


Industry

January 27, 2015
By Bill Roebuck
Bill Roebuck

Toronto – Electric motors are among the highest in reliability incident reports, according to SKF Canada, Scarborough, ON. For many companies, electric motor failures lead to a continual cycle of costly repairs and unplanned downtime — factors that can hurt the bottom line. Since 40% to 70% of motor failures are related to bearings, it’s no surprise that high-quality bearings are key for reliable motors, the company suggests.

As a result, SKF Canada recently launched the SKF Certified Rebuilder program for electric motor repair. Four repair shops have already achieved the certification: GMR Electric Motors, Saskatoon, SK; Les Entreprises LM, Montreal QC; Continental Electric, Edmonton, AB; and GPR Industries (1994) Ltd., Grande Prairie, AB.

To earn SKF Certified status, rebuild shop employees have to meet requirements in electric motor testing, bearing mounting and dismounting, lubrication and contamination control practices. Certified shops must also meet SKF standards in all areas of motor repair and maintenance, and are regularly audited to assure compliance.

The SKF Certified Rebuilders have access to SKF’s collection of parts, tools and technical support. They also are kept up to date with the latest technologies and best practices, and they’re empowered to perform root-cause failure analyses and troubleshooting. This allows them to quickly, efficiently, and effectively diagnose and fix electric motors.

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Several more companies are in the process of becoming SKF Certified Rebuilders and the Canadian network will grow significantly in 2015. For more information, visit www.skf.ca.

Coincidentally, the Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) has launched its own program for accreditation of electric motor repair service providers, as first reported in the December 2014 issue of Machinery & Equipment MRO magazine. The EASA Accreditation Program provides assurance to electric motor end-users that repairs performed at accredited facilities conform to industry standards and maintain the reliability and efficiency of the repaired motor.

These standards are contained in the American National Standards Institute approved ANSI/EASA AR100: Recommended Practice for the Repair of Rotating Electrical Equipment.

The EASA Accreditation Program includes over 70 separate criteria relating to electric motor repair. These criteria address the initial condition assessment of the failed motor and the repair of the motor’s mechanical components such as shafts, bearings, housing and cooling system. Further, the program addresses repair of the motor’s electrical elements including winding and insulation.

Other criteria include balancing and testing of the repaired motor, required equipment used in the repair, instrument calibration, training of repair personnel, and documentation of findings and work performed.

The EASA Accreditation Program provides assurance that motors are repaired to the ANSI/EASA AR100 standard through an independent third-party audit of a motor repair service provider’s practices. Participation in the accreditation program is voluntary and not restricted to EASA members. Accredited service providers will affix a serially-numbered ‘EASA Accredited Repair’ label to repaired motors. These accredited service providers also are permitted to display an ‘EASA Accredited’ logo in their literature and will be listed on the EASA website.

EASA represents many motor repair shops in Canada that are members of chapters in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, and Western Canada. for example, GMR Electric Motors, which is certified by SKF Canada, also is accredited by EASA.

Further information about the EASA program can be found at www.easa.com/accreditation.