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. 

Annual Decatur Industrial Electric St. Patrick's Reliability Summit

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 10:45 -- Decatur Industr...


Customers from across the Midwest joined us today for our annual Reliability Summit. TECO-Westinghouse presented an electrical class on Above NEMA motors and Falk/Rexnord presented a mechanical class on gearbox fundamentals.

TECO-Westinghouse reviewed repair considerations, new and/or retrofit options, factory repair and part support, reliability and maintenance checks, and more.

Falk Rexnord reviewed gearing and drives, sizing and selection, bearing basics, reliability packages and options, and more. 

While this Summit is only offered once a year, Decatur Industrial holds a variety of training classes throughout the yeear. We also do trainings on site at customer locations. If you are interested, please email Kelli at 

Employee Spotlight: Meet Brian Pace, Mechanical Technician

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 08:36 -- Decatur Industr...


This month we are spotlighting Brian Pace, who has been with us for three years. Brian works in our service center on pumps, gearboxes, and other mechanical solutions. Brian has decades of experience in this industry, previously working at Flowserve. He studied welding at the College of DuPage and completed the Falk School training.  In his free time, Brian enjoys fishing for largemouth bass and carp. He is married to Sydney, his wife of 32 years, and has three children.