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 current, first performed by Hans Christian Ørsted in 1820
  • The creation of the electromagnet by William Sturgeon in 1825

With these building blocks in place, various inventors worked around the world to build a workable motor, often without the knowledge of what other innovators were discovering. Early developments included:

  • 1822: first rotating device driven by electromagnetism was built by Peter Barlow, an Englishman
  • 1834: the first rotating electric motor was invented by Prussian Moritz Jacobi
  • 1835: Sibrandus Stratingh and Christopher Becker crafted an electric motor that could power a model car
  • 1837: American Thomas Davenport received a patent for an electric motor
  • 1838: Jacobi improved upon his invention, creating a motor that could power a boat containing 14 people across a wide river

Although these inventions were certainly innovative and impressive, they didn’t directly lead to the electric motors of today (more about what did in another blog post!).

Electric Motor Testing and Repair in Tennessee and Georgia

Tekwell Services offers full service and repair for industrial motors, drives and pumps. From fractional horsepower to medium voltage, Tekwell has the skills and equipment needed to repair, test, and install machinery while ensuring peak efficiency and reliability. While a lot of companies claim to care about quality, Tekwell can stand behind their claims with the SKF Certified Rebuilder status and documented quality procedures.

We don’t take shortcuts. We get it done right.

Our field service technicians are highly qualified and have extensive knowledge of VFDs, PLCs, vibration testing, thermography and alignment. Many of our technical staff have been with the company for more than 20 years. Our service technicians are on call 24/7/365.

Contact us today for your electric motor repair / electric motor testing in the Knoxville, Tennessee area and the Cartersville, Georgia area. Or call the Knoxville office at 865.524.3681 or toll-free at 800.829.7454. Contact the Cartersville office at 770.386.4668 or toll-free at 888.984.4668.