This was the state of the motor (right) we received for repair from a Yorkshire textile dyeing company.
The corrosion was so severe that the nameplate had long since disintegrated, meaning further investigation was required.
But this was no simple stripping down. Our engineers needed to grind it apart in order to access the stator windings as all the nuts and bolts were seized.
One challenge was to establish the speed at which the motor operated. To do this, our rewinder had to look at the winding and use his years of experience to recognise the coil layout and certain other particulars.
He quickly established beyond doubt it was a four-pole motor (1500RPM). The completed job, with new motor and pulley, was then returned to a satisfied customer.
Engineers at Westin Drives are a bright, resourceful bunch. When our service centre required a new winding machine, they sat down to design and manufacture one.
The need to replace our two old machines was driven by a desire to improve efficiency and keep up with the latest standards. And the process brought together a variety of in-house disciplines.
Workshop manager Steve Ormondroyd was in charge of the overall design and build and our technical services team devised and built the control.
Richard Bruffell sourced the new motor and gearbox and our machining department made the coupling. In fact, the only element to be outsourced was the fabrication of the framework.
The machine has two winding heads and can measure the speed of rotation and the number of turns on a coil. Advantages to our team – and therefore our customers – include quicker set up and greater flexibility. For example, we can now wind motors up to 1,000kW.