bearing repair

Starch Mixing Logs

          An ingredient manufacturer had damaged 20 foot mixing logs that mixed up starch. The customer gave us a tight schedule of 5 days to remove the damaged gears, coupling, bearings, and all bent and broken paddles. Basically receive it Monday and return them Friday! Horner Machining Services worked with Fan and Fabrication to get the job done. Machining straightened the shafts and fixed the gears and bearings. Fan and Fabrication laser cut and installed 64 new stainless steel paddles on the mixing logs. It took both divisions and three shifts through the week to make the [...]

Starch Mixing Logs2024-02-28T10:35:03-05:00

Process Equipment Repair Opportunity

Most customer accounts begin with small motor repair jobs and then graduate to larger motors and driven equipment repair work such as fans, gearboxes and pumps. A few of our customers have specialized process equipment that also needs service work to keep production rolling. One of our customers produces only one product – cellulous fiber, and they cannot make enough of it to satisfy the consumer demand for this product. Cellulose is found in all plant matter. This customer uses large rolls of white paper as their only source of cellulose. The wood pulp in the paper along with the starch [...]

Process Equipment Repair Opportunity2023-03-15T09:57:04-04:00

Aluminum Plant Outage

A major aluminum manufacturer contracts Horner EMDS (Electro Mechanical Diagnostic Services) to perform monthly vibration data collection and analysis. EMDS identified a mill gearbox input shaft bearing issue. In 2022, the monthly vibration analysis indicated the bearing issue increasing. The vibration analysis was discussed with the customer and the vibration data collection increased to twice weekly. At the same time, customer was planning a major outage to on-site repair the gearbox. The March outage was scheduled. Horner provided 24 hour per day, 5-day work schedule. On a Monday the outage started. Mark Rosebrock was lead tech on day shift and Matt [...]

Aluminum Plant Outage2023-03-14T11:27:59-04:00

Power Generation Plant Water Pump Motors

A coal fired power generation plant had a planned outage to maintain equipment and Horner was onsite to remove 2 1250HP vertical pump motors. These motors pull water from the reservoir for cooling purposes and heat exchangers. These motors were taken out for routine maintenance, basic reconditioning and to replace bearings. Onsite to help with the removal was Indianapolis Field Service Don Pence, Louisville Field Service Joe Dupont and Terre Haute’s Eddie Piper and Jeremy Brown. Crane service had to be scheduled and coordinated to pull the motors out. The bearings for these motors are specialized thrust bearings and were replaced [...]

Power Generation Plant Water Pump Motors2023-03-13T10:23:54-04:00

Steel Rolling Tandem Mill Motor

A steel manufacturer sent in a steel rolling tandem mill motor after the armature equalizer insulation had failed to ground due to age and time of service. The bearings, bearing journals, and bearing housings were severely damaged. A team of different Horner Divisions came together to complete this project. Machining Services did an extensive amount of machine work on the shaft and bearing housing. They also turned and undercut the armature when the rewind was completed. Fan and Fabrication manufactured new bearing seal inserts. Horner Coatings sprayed and machined the shaft and bearing housings. They also did the welding of the [...]

Steel Rolling Tandem Mill Motor2022-05-16T11:59:45-04:00

Compressor Room Electric Motor

A call came in late Friday from a customer planning to have their maintenance team do an onsite bearing change on a production compressor motor. We had the bearings in stock and set aside for them, however, Monday morning I received a call letting me know that they weren’t able to complete the work in house and requested Horner Field Service to come assist as soon as possible. We sent a team that morning to pull the motor and get it in to the shop for evaluation. Once onsite, they found that the compressor room is not accessible with a forklift. [...]

Compressor Room Electric Motor2022-05-16T11:51:07-04:00

Lime and Stone ID Fan

A Lime and Stone Plant called in a panic that one of their Kiln ID Fans has an inboard bearing failure that caused extensive damage to the shaft. The Kiln ID Fan is a key element in this company’s production process, so they needed a quick turnaround. Our team procured the proper shaft material and Machining Services manufactured a new shaft. As a result of Horner’s great vendor relationships, Horner’s purchasing department secured new replacement bearings in record time. The fan was restored and balanced, then assembled with new shaft, bearings, RTDs and the coupling hub. The fan was delivered in [...]

Lime and Stone ID Fan2022-01-26T22:43:22-05:00

Environmental Gas Company Repair

An Environmental facility on the southside of Indianapolis draws gases off the large Landfill next door. They then filter, clean and dry the gas and then sells they turn around and sell the flammable gas to Utility companies. Our first call came in to help them with a pilot bearing replacement in the bottom of a tank that holds a mixer blade in place that mixes a solution that scrubs the methane gas to make it cleaner before it is sent to their customer as fuel. Horner’s Field Service Technicians on site discovered a lot of problems going on. The pilot [...]

Environmental Gas Company Repair2021-02-18T18:47:10-05:00

Cement Fan Repair

The Springfield Division received a call from a Cement Company just before the Memorial Day weekend, for help with a large 8’ diameter propeller style fan that self-destructed. The fan lost one blade and bent over 6” of the rest of the blade tips. Mark Russell and Kim Shellabarger had a meeting with the plant manager on Friday and learned that the request was for a “patch job” with no warranty, just to get them up and running until they could acquire and install a new fan. We were also informed of the high production loss per day, while this fan [...]

Cement Fan Repair2020-03-06T15:50:04-05:00

Cement Rock Crusher Project

Several months ago, a Cement Company became concerned about a bearing that was failing on their rock crusher. It should be noted that this customer has only one rock crusher so when it is down, production is also down. There were multiple discussions and planning meetings with the customer as well as behind the scenes as this project was pushing the limits of our equipment. Special thanks go out to the Horner team that planned this job to make it a reality: Jim Delawder, Kim Shellabarger, Dave Whited, Mark Russell and Alan Horner. We estimated a 10 day outage to remove, [...]

Cement Rock Crusher Project2020-03-06T15:17:54-05:00
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