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The History of Electric Motors – Part 1


The electric motor has been around for a long time. A lot longer than many people might be aware of, with many discoveries leading to other breakthroughs. Early Beginnings of Electric Motors It started with electrostatic devices that used a sulfur ball and a glass cylinder to create friction. A Scottish Benedictine Monk named Andrew Gordon and Benjamin Franklin used this method to create a “frictional machine” in the 1740’s. And not a lot of progress was made for almost a century until Hans Christian Ørsted, a Danish physicist and chemist, discovered the relationship between elect


The Benefits of Testing an Industrial Pump Repair with a Closed Loop Test Tank


The success of repairing industrial pumps offsite is sometimes a guessing game. There rarely is a way to test the effectiveness of your pump repair other than by installing it back into the system. If the pump isn’t fixed right the first time, you now have a bigger problem on your hands. So how do you make sure that an industrial submersible pump repair is done right? Tekwell Services has a solution. What is a Closed-Loop Water Tank? A closed-loop water tank is a huge water tank that is 6’ by 6’ by 8’ and holds over 2000 gallons that Tekwell’s engineers constructed to measure an in


What Are the Differences Between Yaskawa AC Electric Motors?


Yaskawa has a reputation for building solid AC motors, but they have several different types available on the market right now. There are many similarities, such as they all have a 3-year warranty, all are three-phase motors, all use ball bearings (except for a few notable differences), and all are UL Recognized, CSA Certified. But what are some of the differences? MicroMAX The MicroMAX inverter duty motors range from 1/8 to 10 HP at 1800RPM and appear in two different enclosures, the TEFC –for 20:1 constant torque and the TENV–for 1000:1 constant torque. This product line is desig


How Does an Ultrasonic Cleaner Work?


Ultrasonic cleaners have been around since the 1950s, and smaller versions have appeared in home appliances since 1970, but how does an industrial ultrasonic cleaner work? All types of ultrasonic cleaners use cavitation bubbles—bubbles created by rapid changes of pressure in a liquid–to clean parts with lots of crevices and complex shapes within them. Why Ultrasonic Cleaners Are Popular Ultrasonic cleaners are popular for a couple of reasons: They are less destructive than other methods for cleaning electric motor parts. Pumps, sprayers, and agitators may be damaging to del


7 Often Overlooked Factors to Consider Before Purchasing a New Electric Motor


There are many factors to consider before purchasing a new electric motor. Typically, you look at things such as voltage, speed, torque, and operating costs, but what are some of the lesser-known factors to take into consideration before purchasing a new electric motor? 1 – Power Needed One of the most important factors to consider is the amount of power needed to run the applications this motor has been selected for. Get a motor that is too small, it gets overworked and the stress this creates decreases the motor lifespan overall. On the flip-side, if you buy a motor that is much too big


Why You Should Work with an EASA Accredited Electric Motor Repair Shop


There are a lot of electric motor repair shops in any given area within the United States, but what do you look for to determine if that shop does quality work? An electric motor repair shop with EASA accreditation is a great place to start. What is EASA? EASA stands for Electrical Apparatus Service Association, Inc. According to the EASA website, EASA is: “an international trade organization of more than 1,800 electromechanical sales and service firms in nearly 70 countries. Through our many engineering and educational programs, EASA provides members with a means of keeping up to date


Tekwell Services Invests in New Industrial Electric Motor Service Equipment


Tekwell Services stays on the cutting edge of providing best-in-class service for industrial electric motors and pumps. To this end, we have invested in new testing equipment to better serve our customers. We now offer additional electric motor service options through the purchase of the following equipment: Roller Bearing Loading Test Device Tekwell Services, partnered with SKF, has developed a one-of-a-kind apparatus to help test roller bearings properly. Most roller bearings require a load during testing to avoid damaging the bearing when running the motor, but because there are no sim


Tekwell Services Hires Additional Staff to Support Strong Growth in 2020


Tekwell Services is growing rapidly, and we are pleased to announce the addition of the following people to our electric motor repair company: Marshall Harvey – Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Marshall has been a CPA for over 30 years. He has extensive experience in financial services, financial institutions, healthcare, and manufacturing industries. Marshall comes to us from Elliott Davis where he served as the assurance shareholder in the Financial Services Group, serving private investment companies and employee benefit plans. Marshall is active in the Chattanooga communi


5 Things to Look for in an Excellent WEG Electric Motor Distributor


There are many different businesses that serve as WEG electric motor distributors, but what do you look for in a high-quality WEG motor distributor? Read this article and find out. 1 – Knowledgeable Staff WEG offers a variety of drives, electric motors, and other equipment across a broad scope of industries including energy, farming, water and wastewater, steel production and manufacturing, paper, and many more. An excellent WEG distributor has the proper sales literature on-hand and has a general understanding about all WEG products, and how to get more information about them if necessa


What Are Industrial Motor Controls for Electric Motors?


Industrial motor controls for electric motors are important for many reasons, the main one being that electric motors consume a lot of power, which is a large chunk of an industrial operation’s energy costs for the year. Every bit of power you can conserve results in significant savings. Through this end, machine automation was developed for electric motors so they get the most benefit out from the exact amount of power needed to operate them. What Are Industrial Motor Controls Used for? Machine automation controls are used by almost any large industrial function that works with industrial