Electric Motor Repair Part 8

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Developing Your Motor Repair Specification 4

One of the important considerations prior to repair shop selection is the development of a repair specification. In particular, this specification should be one that any qualify-able repair shop should be able to follow. One way to do this is to work with your local repair shop(s) in the development of the spec.  One way to do this is to work with your local repair shop(s) in the development of the specification, while also ensuring that you are following the minimum of standards such as IEEE Std 1068, so that you are not creating a specification that only that shop can follow.

I had mentioned in Part 4 of this series a good repair from a non-EASA motor repair shop and a bad repair from an EASA repair shop (EASA, by the way, stands for the Electrical Apparatus Service Association). Was this meant as a slight to the EASA trade association? No. It was meant to underscore that regardless of what organization a company is associated with, you are not guaranteed a good repair. The quality of the repair comes from the culture and policies of that individual repair shop.

The EASA organization has developed a number of tools for repair shops and repair shop customers. They also keep an eye on the status of the industry for their membership – EASA is, after all, a trade association and is responsible to the members of their trade. As such, they provide engineering support, design information, guidelines, marketing and training materials, and more, for their membership. At the same time, they have realized, and acted upon, the demands of the average customer by providing educational and decision-making tools with the significant offering of a electric motor repair specification.

The materials and reports are readily available from the EASA website: http://www.easa.com. Through the next part of this lecture series, we will be reviewing the ANSI/EASA AR100-2001 ‘Recommended Practice for the Repair of Rotating Electrical Apparatus’ standard as well as the IEEE Standard 1068. If you are in the process of developing your specification, I will be commenting on the application side of each part of the standard with recommendations that can be included in your specification.

Should you abandon your present repair shop if they are not an EASA member? No, to that question, as well. Many of the mid to large sized repair shops that are not EASA members have their own engineering and/or expert staff.

The key to the selection of a repair shop is to ensure that some type of Quality Assurance process is in place (“If it is not in writing, it didn’t happen”). The most common QA programs are the ISO 9000 and EASA-Q programs. A world-class repair shop will have either of these programs, or equivalent. The EASA-Q program was developed by EASA, follows the spirit of the ISO 9000 program, but is directed to repair shops by adding additional requirements related to repair.

For information on the development of a custom motor repair specification or assistance in reviewing your repair vendors, contact us at http://www.motordoc.org/about/contact-us/