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What to Look for in an Overhead Traveling Bridge Crane Inspection—Part 2


Last month in Part 1 of What to Look for in an Overhead Traveling Bridge Crane Inspection, we covered what to look for in the hook and thrust opening, hoist rope, rope drum, limit switch and brakes. Here are some other points of inspection during a traveling bridge overhead crane inspection: Trolley Motor and Coupling The trolley motor powers the hoisting mechanism traveling on the bridge rails and needs to be inspected monthly for any excessive wear and tear, leaks or cracks. The trolley coupling also needs to be inspected monthly for the same–excessive wear and tear, cracks, etc. It al


What are Dynamic Field Balancing Services?


Dynamic field balancing services are an essential part of an electric motor predictive maintenance service program for rotating machinery. Keeping components of your electric motors, such as fans or pulleys, well-balanced is critical to the performance and life of that electric motor Causes of Imbalance in Electric Motors Imbalance occurs for many reasons such as wear and tear on moving parts within the electric motor or buildup of dirt or grease on a fan and is the most common cause of failure for electric motors with rotating parts or use bearings. Anytime an electric motor is out of b


What to Look for in an Overhead Traveling Bridge Crane Inspection—Part 1


Overhead travelling bridge cranes are used in situations where minimal downtime is essential. Because of this, regular inspection of the overhead bridge crane is essential to avoid unplanned downtime. But what do you look for? Here are some of the common elements to look at in a travelling overhead bridge crane inspection: Hook & Thrust Opening The hooks on overhead cranes get beat up because of daily use. They should be inspected frequently to make sure that the hook does not have an excessive thrust opening or is not bent or twisted more than 10 degrees. The hook latch bearings


What Are Some of the Common Causes of Electrical Motor Repairs?


Because electric motors are used for many different applications and in so many different environments, the number of electric motor repair problems you might encounter may seem limitless, but in fact they tend to break down into several distinct categories: Blown Fuses or Tripped Circuit Breakers These are the most common problems encountered and the easiest ones to fix. Simply flip the breaker or change the fuse and you are back in action. Contamination Another extremely common problem is damage caused to the electric motor by contamination of some sort. Contaminants such as dirt, gr


Why Your Electric Motor Repair Company Should Be Obsessed with Quality


Most businesses claim to care about quality, but what does this mean for an electric motor repair shop, and–more importantly–what does it mean to you? Saves You Money Electric motor repair shops that are dedicated to quality will save you money. These shops meticulously document their service and quality processes. They also make sure that their service technicians are properly trained and certified by taking manufacturer-specific training on the electric motors and industrial pumps they service. They also complete comprehensive certification programs such as the SKF certified motor rebu


What is an Electric Motor Circuit Analysis?


An electric motor circuit analysis is a series of tests that diagnoses the overall health of an electric motor. These tests determine if there are any electrical imbalances or degraded insulation within the motor. When a motor suffers from either of these issues, they can create rogue electrical currents that circulate through the motor, creating excess heat. This excess heat can damage the motor by causing the insulation to degrade faster and cause the motor to run inefficiently which shortens the motor’s lifespan and possibly becomes a safety risk. Online and Offline Electric Motor Ci


What to Look for in a Hoist Overhead Crane Inspection – Part 2


Last month in Part 1 of our blog series about What to Look for in a Hoist Overhead Crane Inspection, we covered the inspection of the hooks, wire/rope and chain, suspension lug and general part inspection. Why are regular overhead crane inspections important? They keep your employees safe, and delaying routine service and maintenance for your hoist cranes can result in very expensive repairs and possibly downtime that disrupts your business. Here are some additional common inspection points in a hoist overhead crane inspection: Disc Motor Brake The disc motor brake needs to be inspected f


What to Look for in a Hoist Overhead Crane Inspection – Part 1


Shops that have hoist overhead cranes depend on them and they typically see heavy use within the shop. But do you get them inspected on a regular basis? What do you look for? Uninspected hoist overhead cranes can be expensive if you put off routine service and maintenance, not to mention unsafe for your workers. Here are some of the common problems to look for in a hoist overhead crane inspection: Hooks The hooks on overhead cranes get beat up because of daily use. They should be inspected frequently to make sure that the hook does not have an excessive throat opening or is not bent or tw


What Are Some Common Electric Motor Control Problems?


All in all, electric motors are some of the most reliable equipment around. They are used in almost every environment, including some very extreme environments. As a result, they can be damaged by getting contaminated by dirt, moisture, oil or grease. They can be installed incorrectly, mishandled, or even run in conditions that go beyond what they were built for. These situations can impact the motor control and cause many different types of problems which may require some troubleshooting. Loss of Phase Voltage One of the common problems encountered while diagnosing a motor for an electric m


A High-Level History of Overhead Cranes


Almost everyone has seen an overhead crane, either in person because they work for one of the many industries such as automotive manufacturing, steel production, loading and unloading of ships and trains, or any number of heavy industrial manufacturing plants; or in the movies or on TV. But what many people don’t know is that the overhead crane has been around for over 175 years. The first overhead cranes were steam powered and invented by the German company, Ludwig Stuckenholz, in the 1830’s and were mass produced in the 1840’s. But the first electric overhead crane did not appea