A chemical company in Indiana had old fiberglass reinforced fans that had been patched over and over again, sometimes a patch on top of a patch. This was due to budget issues and COVID. These fans vented acid from their process dip tanks and were becoming a major safety concern. Not only were the acid fumes starting to attack the electrical conduit and the building siding of the plant but they were concerned about the ventilation for the air the employees were breathing. The customer called Horner to fabricate stainless steel “no loss” stacks to further increase the efficiency of the [...]
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Our company’s typical clients are heavy industrial-based companies. We are blessed to have such diversity in our customer base – steel, aggregate, plastics, automotive, etc. Since we are in so many sectors of industry, we have increased job security. One sector such as automotive can tank while others may increase, keeping our company workload relatively steady. Another component of this security is our nation’s military who’s mission is to keep America and her people safe from threats, foreign and domestic. In the past, we have been called upon to assist the government with projects for the Navy and Air Force. In [...]
Unusual request we got from Sales was a customer needed help to find a leak in their hydraulic system on a large press. The press was leaking gallons of oil in only a few days, and they had a mess so large they could not get it clean and dry to pinpoint the leak. We have an oil dye in Field Service, that can be added to oil, without affecting the lubricity or viscosity of the oil, and the dye glows under a black light. We have black light flashlights to use with the dye. Rusty (Field Service Tech) went on [...]
A locker manufacturer in Illinois builds lockers like you would see in schools and employee work areas. They called Horner because they had a fan failure and it caused enough damage to need to be replaced. This fan is part of an oven application that dries the painted locker panels. The fan failed due to fatigue and the fan blades came off and destroyed the fan cone. When this fan was originally built it was installed without consideration of it ever being replaced or repaired. A double wall had to be cut and removed to allow the job to be accomplished. [...]
Terre Haute has been busy with a lot of work from great customers. Recently a plastics recycling customer called about high vibration on a dryer auger. This customer recycles the plastic processing it into industrial resins that are used to make plastic bags. The stainless-steel auger is used to convey plastic pellets during the washing process, prior to drying and packaging. Due to high vibration the auger was pulled and sent to the Terre Haute shop for repair. Jeremy Brown, machinist, dynamically balanced the auger and sent it back the recycling facility to be put back into production. Another project that [...]
A recreational park in Indiana called Horner to make sure their motors were up and run- ning and the pool could open up Memorial Day weekend. The pumps and motors at the park circulate water up the waterslides, down the lazy river. They also direct the water towards the water processing system for filtration, heating, and chlorination. Indy Field service removed the motors and brought them back to the shop to test them, install new bearings, and recondition them. They replaced 1/3 of their motors with new motors from our Product Sales Department and are keeping the old recon- ditioned motors [...]
A local concrete manufacturer came to us with a wear problem on their plates which are used to screen up to 300 tons per hour of raw product to size during the manufacturing process. The plates were only lasting a few weeks so they contacted Horner Coatings. Fan and Fabrication fabricated a new plate then it was sent back to us to be grit blasted and we bond coated the raw metal with an iron aluminum alloy which is made to go down coarse. This gives the wear material a better surface to bond with. Loctite 7332 and 7227 were the [...]
An employee owned manufacturer in NW Ohio had a critical GE 400/200 HP large frame two speed Mill motor failure. After we received and inspected the motor, the form coil winding had failed. This was the first winding failure on this motor in 30 yrs. Unfortunately they had no spare. The search began for an E-OK motor to rebuild in order to reduce the downtime based on the time required for a form coil re-wind. Six motors were potential replacements but all would require major field motor base and fitment requirements. During a discussion with the customer they stated the 400 [...]
A hardwood flooring manufacturer contacted Horner about repairing a 50” Fan. With help from Indianapolis Field Service, Horner Fan and Fabrication had a 3 day window to repair this 50” fan wheel. This was the main dust collection fan for the plant. The structure around this fan made it very challenging to remove. The fan is inside the plant with structural steel above the fan and a concrete wall on two sides. After removing the insulation and the inlet fitting there was about 36” of space to maneuver this heavy wheel and 2-15/16” shaft out of the building. Once in the [...]
Anyone who has worked in the field of electromechanical repair has likely come across one or more pieces of German engineered equipment. It doesn’t take long to figure out the Germans have a unique way of engineering their products and for the most part, are not repair friendly. Recently our shop repaired a Knodler CMG gearbox that was designed and built in Germany. The design of the CMG gearbox is to solve a problem of needing a large amount of torque in a small package, and this gear- box does that well. CMG is an acronym for “compact motor gear” and [...]