Employee Spotlight: Linda Snyder, Bookkeeper

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 16:54 -- Decatur Industr...

Linda has been with us for over 27 years, working in the accounting department covering payroll and accounts payable.  She takes great pride in helping our customers and vendors.  With 27 years at the Company, she has worked with many great people over the years.  Some of her fondest memories include working with Claud Thompson, who founded the Company in 1952.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, and browsing flea markets and antique malls.

Advanced Electric Motor is Heart of UPS Fuel Cell Delivery Truck

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 08:28 -- Decatur Industr...

The Class 6 fuel cell delivery van UPS will begin testing late this summer using not only a unique hydrogen-powered electric drivetrain, but also an unusual type of electric motor.

Most electric-drive vehicles use motors that rely on permanent magnets and require single-speed “gear reduction” transmissions to harness the motor’s power.

UPS, however, has decided to try a “switched reluctance” motor that uses fewer parts and is less costly to manufacture than a permanent-magnet motor.

Additionally, a reluctance motor doesn’t need a transmission at all. Its power output can be regulated electronically through software designed to keep it operating in the most efficient modes under all types of loads, Michael Britt, head of UPS’ fuel cell vehicle development program, told Trucks.com.

“We think we can get more efficiency out of it,” Britt said.

The motor is manufactured by Nidec Motor Corp. to meet UPS’ specific needs. So-called reluctance motors typically are used for simpler applications than powering commercial trucks.

Read the full story here.

NEMA Motor 101

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 15:01 -- Decatur Industr...

Decatur Industrial Electric puts on various training sessions throughout the year. One of our most popular training classes is "NEMA Motor 101" presented by our own Jeff Meyer, Director of Industrial Solutions.  Today, the presentation was held on-site at a customer location. 

Jeff takes the participants through various items, such as:

- How does a motor run?

- History of NEMA motors

- Enclosures

- Nameplate designations

- NEMA vs IEC Motors

- Variable freqency nameplates

- And more.

If you are interested in holding a training for your employees on site, contact Kelli at krunyon@decaturindustrial.com 

Keeping the Metals Industry Running Strong

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 08:18 -- Decatur Industr...

Check our our new brochure created for the Metals Industry. At Decatur Industrial Electric, we know your industry is demanding; making it important to have a partner that understands those demands. With expertise in large DC motors, remanufacturing solutions, field maintenance services, and special production equipment we can work to reduce your Total Cost of Ownership. 

Click to download a printable version or view below.