The Electrical Apparatus Service Association has announced the global industry’s first program for accreditation of electric motor repair service providers.
The EASA Accreditation Program provides assurance to electric motor end-users that repairs performed at accredited facilities conform to industry standards and maintain the reliability and efficiency of the repaired motor. These standards are contained in the American National Standards Institute approved ANSI/EASA AR100: Recommended Practice for the Repair of Rotating Electrical Equipment.
”Reliable electric motor repairs are a critical need for manufacturing plants, utilities and much more,” says Linda Raynes, EASA president and CEO. “While most service centers also sell new motors and this is sometimes the best option, repairing a failed motor is often cost-effective and, in many cases, a more time-critical solution to return the operation to full production. Electric motor end-users seek assurances that motor repair service providers follow the industry practices detailed in the ANSI/EASA AR100 standard.”
In a recent survey of electric motor end-users, more than 50% expressed support for a motor repair accreditation program. A large majority believed such a program would improve the overall quality of electric motor repairs. Further, most indicated they would incorporate such a requirement into their motor repair specification.
The EASA Accreditation Program includes more than 70 separate criteria relating to electric motor repair. These criteria address the initial condition assessment of the failed motor and the repair of the motor’s mechanical components such as shafts, bearings, housing and cooling system. Further, the program addresses repair of the motor’s electrical elements including winding and insulation. Other criteria include balancing and testing of the repaired motor, required equipment used in the repair, instrument calibration, training of repair personnel, and documentation of findings and work performed.
The EASA Accreditation Program provides assurance that motors are repaired to the ANSI/EASA AR100 standard through an independent third-party audit of a motor repair service provider’s practices. Participation in the accreditation program is voluntary and not restricted to EASA members. Accredited service providers will affix a serially-numbered “EASA Accredited Repair” label to repaired motors. These accredited service providers also are permitted to display an “EASA Accredited” logo in their literature and will be listed on the EASA website.