Cement Season at Horner

It’s cement outage season in Indiana with Horner doing work in Greencastle, Louisville, Logansport, Speed, and Mitchell IN. A Central Indiana cement plant is conducting their largest Maintenance and Repair outage in 20 years. They needed to replace an entire section of both the kiln and raw mill. The company brought in a 700-ton mobile crane to the plant site requiring 78 semi loads of support to set up. The time needed for these extended kiln and mill repairs allowed the customer to do all other outage work in the same 6-week timeframe. Washington Street, Terre Haute and HMS are all [...]

Cement Season at Horner2021-02-18T18:28:09+00:00

Ski Lift Motors and Controls

In September of last year, John Baumann (Sales) and Jim Delawder (Field Service Coordinator) inspected a ski lift at a ski resort located north of our Springfield OH shop. The resort had recently been purchased by a large conglomeration of ski resorts, located in Vail Colorado, and the new owners realized the need to update their ski lift motors and controls at this particular resort. After a complete inspection and some discussion, we quoted an upgrade package for one of their ski lifts, consisting of a new Toshiba motor, ABB drive, and other control components. John and Jim did a great [...]

Ski Lift Motors and Controls2021-02-17T16:00:36+00:00

Toshiba Drive Assembly

        We are in the process of working on a project at a major University. What’s interesting is what they’re going to be using the equipment for once we’re completed. The Toshiba Medium Voltage Drive assembly has been put in place. It is 27 feet long and 8 feet tall. The unit is fed with 13,999 V power that reduced to 4160V through a built-in transformer that powers power to the 4160V VFD section of the unit. Horner Field Service Techs Rick Collins and Gary Anderson were able to set and connect the equipment on site with the [...]

Toshiba Drive Assembly2021-01-10T17:23:47+00:00

5,000KVA Transformer Failure

An Iron and Metal Recycling Facility, Located in Dayton, Ohio called and had a transformer fail and was asking for help. I contacted Don Morris to asked for his assistance. Between Don and Mike Butler, we decided to get Springfield Field Service involved. Jim Delawder and I were to make a site visit, collect photos and information to feed back to Don for evaluation. Dan Sneary showed up on site and did a temporary repair to get the transformer back on-line. In the meanwhile, Matt Velandingham was able to source a replacement transformer. The new transformer had a 50 working day [...]

5,000KVA Transformer Failure2021-01-10T17:16:22+00:00

Centrifugal Force – What Is It?

The words “centrifugal force” were first used in the year 1698, so it is far from a new concept. A dictionary definition is “the apparent force that is felt by an object that is moving in a curved path that acts outwardly away from the center of rotation.” We have all felt the effects of centrifugal force when we are driving our car or truck and turn a corner at a high rate of speed. As long as we are moving in a straight line, we do not feel this force but when we exit the highway at a high rate [...]

Centrifugal Force – What Is It?2021-01-10T16:32:56+00:00

Roof Mounted Exhaust Fans

A Warehouse and Logistics Company was having electrical problems with three roof mounted exhaust fans. Apparently when installed they had been wired incorrectly. Time took its toll and the units eventually stopped working. The electricians who were called in to evaluate the unit, contacted Horner to evaluate the unit from a mechanical perspective. As suspected, the fans had been installed incorrectly as well. Upon inspection by Horner the following issues were found: incorrectly wired motors – causing failure and incorrectly mounted frames – causing belt wear, sheave deterioration and bearing failure. The customer had the units removed from the roof and [...]

Roof Mounted Exhaust Fans2021-01-09T21:10:08+00:00

2000 HP Aluminum Plant DC Motors

An Aluminum Rolling and Recycling plant, a good Horner customer in Terre Haute brought Todd Cochran (Sales) a problem/ or opportunity to Indianapolis Field Service. The customer has two, 2,000 HP DC motors coupled together, to deliver 4,000 HP to their mill. These motors are about 5-6 foot square, and 10 feet long each. The inside motor, the one coupled between the mill and the second motor, failed and had to be replaced with a spare. This is not something they can shut down for a couple of days. Of course this happens when the Indianapolis Field Service group is working [...]

2000 HP Aluminum Plant DC Motors2021-01-08T23:55:43+00:00

Horner Rescues Motor Manufacturer Hit by Tornado

A motor manufacturer that produces motors for the rail industry. Their facility in Dayton OH was devastated by a tornado on Memorial Day weekend, last year. Since then, the Horner Industrial Springfield Division has been assisting their engineers to get their products tested and prepared for shipment to their customers. Last month, we were asked to start up a program to wind new 100 HP fan stators for the customer. They sent one of their winding engineers to our shop for a week to teach us their winding methods and materials. The engineer was a winding supervisor at the Springfield shop, [...]

Horner Rescues Motor Manufacturer Hit by Tornado2020-03-05T19:11:07+00:00

Non Standard 2000 HP Mill Stand Motor

What makes the Horner Motor Division stick out from most motor shops besides the breadth of services it offers is its ability to fix and problem solve non-standard motors and equipment. We employ some of the best winders and mechanics whose knowledge is incomparable. We received a 2000 HP Mill Stand motor from an aluminum plant for repair. Fractures were found in the risers exiting the commutator bars with a design from Siemens that would definitely be considered “non-standard.” Many of the design characterizations were due to lots of horsepower in a fairly small frame. We replaced the commutator, windings, and [...]

Non Standard 2000 HP Mill Stand Motor2020-03-05T18:06:06+00:00

Aluminum Plant Outage

In June of 2017 an Aluminum plant contacted us to begin the early planning stages of their outage which was scheduled for January 2018. The customer was about to undertake the most involved outage on their primary mill and wanted Horner’s exclusive involvement. The outage was a success despite the very large scale and daunting tasks assigned. All work was coordinated by Ralph Coonce of field service. If you’ve ever seen Ralph in action during an outage I don’t have to explain that he doesn’t just show up. He’s elbow deep in the actual work turning wrenches or any another task [...]

Aluminum Plant Outage2019-09-09T17:28:00+00:00

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