Pros and Cons of Vertical Pump Motors

Horizontal and vertical pump motors essentially serve the same function, moving fluids from one place to another, but there are several differences in how they operate and situations where they work best. Floorspace Requirement Horizontal pumps take up anywhere from 2 to 3 times more floorspace than a similar capacity vertical inline pump. Since vertical inline pumps are typically part of the piping system, they can be suspended as part of the overhead pipes and require far less floorspace (if any) as a result. Horizontal pumps also require the fluid to change direction in order to flow i

Overview of Vertical Inline Pump Motors

Last month, Tekwell Services announced the purchase of several GE Ultra Series low voltage vertical pump motors. But what is a vertical pump motor and how is it different than the more common horizontal pump motor? This month’s blog posts explore this topic. What is a Vertical Inline Pump? The most common type of vertical inline pump is a centrifugal pump. These pumps are commonly used to circulate low viscosity fluids (mainly water) for pipe systems that require pressurization. These vertically oriented shafts typically are integrated as part of the piping system, meaning that the intake

Tekwell Services Adds Vertical Pump Motors to Their Industrial Electric Motor Asset Management Program

Tekwell Services is proud to announce that they have added General Electric’s new low voltage vertical pump motors–the Ultra Series–to their inventory as part of Tekwell’s industrial electric motor asset management program. The Ultra Series of vertical pump motors have made numerous improvements to increase operational efficiency and reliability, to increase thrust capability, as well as implements a new advanced and patented cooling system which results in a 30 degrees Celsius reduction in bearing temperature which leads to an extended bearing life. These vertical pump motor

What to Look for in an Industrial Pump Repair Shop – Part 2

There are a lot of shops that provide industrial pump repair services. But how do you find a good one for your needs? What are the qualities of an excellent industrial pump repair shop? If you missed What to Look for in an Industrial Pump Repair Shop – Part 1, go back and read it now. Understand How Industrial Pumps are Used in Different Industries Different fluids and chemical compositions create problems and challenges unique to that particular use for the pump. Water might be handled differently if it is being processed in a city water treatment plant than it would when using an indus

Tekwell Services Selected as First Certified SKF Motor Rebuilder to Receive Machine Inspector Training in the U.S.

Several of Tekwell Services’ technicians have recently completed SKF’s Machine Inspector Training. SKF selected Tekwell Services because the company is one of 50 SKF Certified Rebuilder service centers in the U.S., a certification met only by achieving and maintaining the highest standards of quality, process, cleanliness and organization within their service center. This certification is maintained through rigorous, periodic audits of Tekwell’s facilities and procedures. The SKF Machine Inspector Certification training was an intensive three-day, hands-on program that focused on deve

4 Things to Look for in an Industrial Electric Motor Asset Management Program

Detailed Documentation and Record Keeping An excellent industrial electric motor asset management program keeps detailed records, preferably in a database the can be easily accessed. You need to know everything about your electric motor: specifications, hours in service, operational data, details about any repairs or services made for the motor, and any other information that may be helpful for someone pulling it back to active duty. Fast Response Time and Delivery of Asset When Needed Your industrial electric motor asset management program is supported by a knowledgeable staff who are on c

What to Look for in an Industrial Pump Repair Shop – Part 1

There are a lot of shops that provide industrial pump repair services. But how do you find a good one for your needs? What are the qualities of an excellent industrial pump repair shop? Provide a Wide Range of Repairs and Services for Industrial Pumps A solid industrial pump repair shop should be able to handle many different repairs and services such as: Replacing old pumps and installing new pumps Replacing parts Performing coupling, seal and base repairs Providing predictive maintenance services such as vibration testing to help identify problems before they become urg

What is Electric Motor Predictive Maintenance?

Everyone has heard of, and understands what electric motor preventive maintenance is, but what exactly is electric motor predictive maintenance? Electric motor predictive maintenance is when you use non-destructive tests such as infrared thermographic studies and electric motor vibration analysis to electric motors currently in service to identify possible problems so that corrections can be made before they become serious problems requiring an unplanned work interruption. Essentially electric motor predictive maintenance tries to “predict” and correct problems before they become

Factors to Consider Before Using a Motor Rewinding Service

One of the challenges of working with electric motors is determining what to do when the motor fails. Do you rewind the motor or replace it? Here are some things to consider when determining if using a motor rewinding service is right for your motor: How Old is the Motor? The age of the motor is a factor due to the standards established by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. These laws established new efficiency requirements for electric motors (as part of the overall program) and these motors are far more efficient and thus less expensive

Causes of Unbalance in Electric Motors

Unbalance is one of the major causes of electrical motor failures requiring often expensive repairs or replacement. One of the best ways to prevent this from happening is to perform dynamic field balancing services at the first sign of trouble. What are the Causes of Unbalance in Electrical Motors? In general, they are all caused by an uneven distribution of mass around an axis of rotation. This uneven distribution can be traced back to several different causes such as a buildup of dirt or grease on fans, normal wear-and-tear of moving parts, or corrosion within the bearings, rotor, or s