Employee Spotlight: Meet Steve Bigler, Electro-Service Technician

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 09:02 -- Decatur Industr...

This month we are spotlighting Steve Bigler. He works at Kankakee Industrial Technology, a division of Decatur Industrial Electric. He has been with the Company for over 17 years. He performs service repairs on welders, motors, generators, pumps and more. You may also see him at your facility when he is out on service calls. In his free time he enjoys gardening, landscaping, and spending time with his wife.

Band Alarms for Belt Frequency Peaks

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 14:44 -- Decatur Industr...

When establishing current demodulation band alarms for belt frequencies associated with a 2-pulley belt driven system, remember both the 1x belt frequency and 2x belt frequency should be taken into consideration. Initial band alarms for the 1x belt frequency are recommended at baseline + 10% for caution and baseline +20% for severe. Initial band alarms for the 2x belt frequency are recommended at baseline +25% for caution and baseline +50% for severe. Based on test results from known defects, analysis of the 1x belt frequency focuses more on the system alignment while 2x belt frequency focuses more on belt condition and looseness.

For more information on establishing band alarms for mechanical defects read the short article "Advanced Spectral Analysis" found on the PdMA website. 

Proactive Maintenance Matters: How a Grain Processing Plant Reduced Their Cost of Motor Repairs and Purchases by 50%

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 08:21 -- Decatur Industr...

Does this sound familiar? Run a motor to failure. Buy a new motor. Rinse and repeat.

When a motor runs until failure it causes unplanned production downtime and emergency maintenance. At that point, the cost to repair the motor is generally not economical and a new motor has to be purchased.  As the preferred vendor for this customer, we instituted a tracking spreadsheet to note when a motor was removed prior to failure and the cost to repair versus running a motor to failure and the cost to replace.  The difference in cost proved how predictive and preventative maintenance practices offered through Decatur Industrial Electric can extend motor life and increase reliability.

Click here to read what our protocol now consists of with this customer.

Installation & Commissioning Service

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 08:47 -- Decatur Industr...

Have you ever had something not work but only discovered long after start-up? Do you have an uneasy feeling that something might not be installed correctly, but don’t know how to verify? Then try commissioning - a service offered by the experts at Decatur Industrial.

Our services extend beyond just delivering a piece of equipment. Decatur Industrial can connect, install, and commission your electric motors or other equipment.  

Full list of predictive and preventative service offerings.

Reliability Solutions for the Water & Wastewater Industry

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:05 -- Decatur Industr...

Decatur Industrial Electric provides the full range of electro-mechanical reliability focused solutions for the water and wastewater industry: from remanufacturing motors, pumps, and gearboxes to saving you money with variable frequency drives.

Click here to see our new industry brochure specifically for the water and wastewater industry.