Hospital Kitchen Exhaust Fan

A hospital in Indianapolis needed to replace a very old kitchen exhaust fan and ductwork. This was a joint effort between Horner Fan and Fab and Horner Field Service led by Sales Jeff Wilson. Horner Field Service did the bulk of the work while Horner Fan and Fab reconfigured a Greenheck direct drive fan and new ductwork and louver. The controls were changed from a simple on/off to a VFD that was tied into the building management system as well as reprogramming of the VFD to achieve the desired CFM of air flow. Thanks to everyone who worked over a weekend!

Hospital Kitchen Exhaust Fan2022-01-28T17:23:36-05:00

University Flood and VFD Protection

Recently, a larger University in Indiana suffered a flood in the Main Campus Library. During a large rain event, they had (2) 75hp motors with grounding rings exposed to water in the small basement mechanical room. Upon checking stock, delivery of new motors equipped with an internal grounding brush would be 5 to 6 weeks. As the motors are being operated by VFD’s, the customer wanted some form of protection against common mode current which could lead to bearing fluting and motor failure. Horner Salesperson Joseph Motz took the opportunity to present the Cool Blue and NaLA inductive absorbers to the [...]

University Flood and VFD Protection2022-01-26T22:56:39-05:00

Horner Certified as ABB Value Provider

Horner Industrial locations in Indianapolis and Springfield were recently certified as ABB Authorized Value Providers. The authorization program is a procedure to guarantee that the services the customer receives from ABB Value Providers are on the same leading level and quality of the ABB products both globally and locally. This prestigious award is only given to select ABB service providers in North America. There are less than 10 authorized ABB Value Providers in the nation right now. The program requires a vetting process that includes interviews with management and shop personnel, as well as a very detailed, in-depth, facilities audit which [...]

Horner Certified as ABB Value Provider2022-01-26T22:48:59-05:00

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 Horner2021-02-18T18:28:09-05:00

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 Assembly2021-01-10T17:23:47-05:00

Oil Filter Manufacturer Press Upgrade Project

Most of us are old enough to remember the oil filter commercial tag line, “pay us now or pay us later.” Well, those oil filters are made in a facility in Greenville OH and are stamped out on several large stamping presses. These presses were designed with eddy current clutch and motors to drive the press flywheels to enable variable speed operation. Over the last 30 years, the clutch drives have required high maintenance and were undependable. Now on to the solution; Mark Russell (outside sales) had several meetings with engineering staff with assistance from Dave Whited (product sales), Kim Shellabarger [...]

Oil Filter Manufacturer Press Upgrade Project2020-03-11T17:10:36-04:00

Dough Mixers

We don't just fix large equipment. An opportunity recently came to Horner Louisville from a company who leases out Pizza dough mixing machines to Pizza stores along with other Restaurant equipment. As you can well imagine, these machines are treated like Rental Cars as nobody considers them their property and they’re not maintained very well. Horner Louisville secured the business after a competitor in Louisville took advantage of the situation and had increased their price to stratospheric levels. The units originally came in to Horner Louisville to have us check out and repair the motors which resulted in either a recondition [...]

Dough Mixers2020-03-06T14:37:07-05:00

Slurry Pump Project

We have a local gravel pit and asphalt operation near our Springfield OH repair shop. Over the years, we have built a solid relationship with this customer, doing field service, motor and mechanical repairs. This project started in September of 2016 when Dave Whited and Karl Hoppe met with the corporate engineer and local management about ways to improve power factor. Initially, we looked at PF correction capacitors and then into AC drives as a way to improve power efficiency. The slurry system consists of three pumps – a fresh water pump, a sand pump, and a waste pump. All part [...]

Slurry Pump Project2019-09-03T15:59:21-04:00

Dredge Motors

A gravel pit in Petersburg, KY contacted John Baumann (Sales) with a problem. They had 2 motors on a dredge. A particular dredge is a floating clam shell type bucket that pulls gravel off the bottom of a lake. The motors drop and pull up the bucket from the bottom of the lake. The team at the gravel pit wanted to upgrade from a wound rotor motor and convert it to a new induction motor to be controlled by a VFD. They also wanted to upgrade the controls to eliminate a diesel generator and go to shore power. If they run [...]

Dredge Motors2019-09-09T18:01:36-04:00

1500 HP DC Drive Changeout

One of our Horner customers had a mid 70’s Reliance Engineered Drive with an AB PLC-5, it was operating a Banbury Mixer application. The existing drive was damaged in a minor fire and was only operating on 3 out of 6 caps. Due to the damage and loss of pertinent feedback to monitor quality, our customer made the decision to replace the existing drive with a new Bardac DC drive. Bardac was chosen due to the availability of the drive which was 2 weeks out on an expedited basis. No other drive company could provide delivery inside 16-18 weeks. David Whited, [...]

1500 HP DC Drive Changeout2019-08-29T16:27:42-04:00

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