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Story behind the scenes: Tennessee electric motor rebuilding


Mark McKinney’s World: Knoxville’s Industrial Motor Repair Leader Mark McKinney is the vice president and general manager of Tekwell Services’ facility in Knoxville, Tennessee – and makes the following bold statement. “We really are the best in the industry. At Tekwell, you’ll meet a group of people who are all passionate about their work, who really like what they do – and are very good at what they do. This creates an atmosphere that allows for the best customer service and quality of product possible.” Mark has decades of experience in the electric motor repair and rebui


Electric motor repair company invests in quality


Bruce Parkman: “No Lip Service” Approach to Electric Motor Repair Quality Many companies claim to be the best at what they do. But Tekwell Services, Vice President of Sales Bruce Parkman says, puts their philosophy into practice in concrete ways. “Our facilities are in Tennessee and Georgia,” he says, “but we’ve recruited skilled labor from as far away as the state of Washington, from Massachusetts and from Florida – simply because we want the best.” Six months ago, Bruce himself left what he describes as the largest manufacturer in the world in a certain industry to come


Behind the scenes: electric motor rebuilding in Georgia


Barlow Walters: 40 Years of Electric Motor Repair Experience As the vice president and general manager of the Cartersville, Georgia facility, Barlow Walters doesn’t do hands-on industrial motor repair very often himself any more. But, his four decades of experience – a combination of hands-on motor maintenance and repair, along with supervisory know-how – is just what’s needed to provide world class customer service in Georgia. “My job,” he says, “it to keep the operations on course while moving the facility forward through employee training and support, facility upgrades, eq


Little known facts about what powers electric motors


Fourteen Little Known Facts about Electricity We all rely on electricity, both at home and at work, so we thought it would be fun to share some offbeat facts on the subject. Electricity travels at the speed of light, which is more than 186,000 miles per second. Even still, if a light switch in your home was connected to a light bulb on the moon, you could travel around the world eight times before the bulb would light up. A single spark of static electricity can measure up to 3,000 volts. Lightning bolts travel at about 130,000 miles per hour and can reach nearly 54,000 degrees,


Electric motor repair: all started with a Scottish monk!


If your business operates in part because of electric motors, then you have a Scottish monk to thank! Andrew Gordon was born to an aristocratic family in Cofforach, Forfarshire in Scotland. He traveled to Regensburg to attend the Benedictine Scottish Seminar, where he completed their five-year general studies program. With that background, he was able to travel to Austria, France and Italy before entering the monastery, where he studied scholastic philosophy. After entering the priesthood, he completed studies in law and theology at the Benedictine University of Salzburg, and he became


Electric motor repairs can increase profitability


Energy Efficiency and Your Electric Motor Repair Efficiency: focusing on getting the maximum output with the minimal amount of resources possible We’ve all done it – settled for less than optimal efficiency, that is. Whether it’s at home or at work, we’ve gotten used to sub-par performances of appliances and machinery: “Oh, THAT piece of equipment? It always takes a while to warm up. And then you have to watch it closely . . . when it starts making that funny humming noise, well, just turn it off and then wait a bit before turning it back on . . .” When this happens with you


Electric motor demand fueled by energy efficient options


Energy Efficient Motors Driving the Growth of Electric Motor Demand Globally, the market for electric motors is estimated to reach $129 billion by 2020, when industrial and automotive vehicles are considered together. Why such a huge demand? People need energy efficient electric motors; although more expensive at purchase, their long term benefits outweigh the initial cost – both in the environmental benefits and the cost savings. A few years ago, the U.S. Department of Energy estimated that industry could reduce energy used by motors by 11 to 18% if currently-existing cost-effective tec


Evolution of the need for electric motor repair


Electric Motor Repair: Increasingly Complex Over the years, industrial motors have become more powerful and versatile, with diverse uses and applications, so it isn’t surprising that it takes more specialized skills to repair or refurbish them. All started out much more simply, though, and here’s a quick look back in time over the evolution of the electric motor. Before such a motor could become a reality, various discoveries and inventions needed to be made. These included: In vention of the battery by Alessandro Volta in 1800 Generation of a magnetic field from an electric c


More about the evolution of electric motors


Evolution of the Electric Motor We recently blogged about early electrical motors from the 1830s . These were exciting innovations, but not what led to today’s versions. The DC motor actually evolved from the development of dynamometers (power generators). Early developments included: 1832: William Ritchie and Hippolyte Pixii invented the commutator. 1856: Werner von Siemens invented the Double-T-anchor. 1872: Friedrich von Hefner-Alteneck invented the drum armature. Siemens’ invention is the first to place winding into slots, and previous designs that did not contain this feat


Industrial electric motors at the forefront of research


Most Exciting Time for Industrial Electric Motors According to an article found in Electronics360.GlobalSpec.com, “Right now is arguably the most exciting time in the nearly 200-year history of industrial motors.” Here’s why: Tech advancements continue to push the motor’s efficiency limits Research and development is coming up with impressive results, globally, to push the limits even further Here’s why this is so important: electric motors use about 50% of the electricity consumed around the world each year and their use is “ingrained into many aspects of our everyday li