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The Basics of Motor Testing

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To measure the health of an electric motor, several key factors must be considered, including performance, energy use, operating costs, equipment durability, and overall system reliability. These are all integral components of motor health, which depends on regular monitoring and diagnostic testing. When evaluating the health of a motor, the following aspects should be carefully […]

Combatting Shaft Voltage & Bearing Current in Electric Motors

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Variable frequency drives (VFDs) have changed the way we use electric motors and electric motor-driven equipment. With the ability to match demand loads and increase operating efficiency and output, these versatile tools allow for reduced electricity use as well as reduced costs. However, electrical noise — such as the shaft voltages and bearing currents that […]

3 Ways to Save Money and Improve the Performance of Your Electric Motor

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Finding an efficient way to run electric motors in your facility not only benefits the environment, but it can also greatly improve your company’s bottom line. As motor tools, technologies, and maintenance systems continue to evolve and advance, increasing the efficiency of electric motor machinery is now easier than ever, and even minor investments can […]

Our New Motor Repair Facility in Vaughan, Ontario

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Renown Electric is proud to announce that we’ve opened a new, large facility at 78 Bradwick Road in Vaughan, Ontario — just blocks away from our main repair center in Concord, Ontario. Equipped with new, state-of-the-art machinery, this expansive 30,000-square-feet repair space will allow us to handle very large motor repairs and take on more […]

An Introduction to Wind Energy

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Clean wind energy, one of the world’s fastest growing sources of new electricity, is seeing major gains in Canada; in 2016 alone, 702 megawatts (MW) of new capacity was added across the country. Ontario, in particular, is leading the way, having completed 79 new installations comprised of 2,302 wind turbines. Below, we’ll take look at […]

Modernizing DC Gearless Elevator Motors Can Reduce Operation Expenses by 50%

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In the majority of buildings constructed prior to 2000, elevators are operated by DC gearless motors. When problems arise, the first step is typically to replace the motor, but this can be a costly, complex procedure — and is usually unnecessary. Even after several decades of use, DC-powered elevator motors can still provide optimal service […]

How to Avoid Motor Shaft Voltage & Bearing Current Damage

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In recent years, variable frequency drives (VFDs) — motor controllers that drive electric motors by varying the supplied frequency and voltage — have become more and more popular thanks to their superior performance, high potential energy savings, and low operating costs. Despite these benefits, however, VFDs can also cause significant motor bearing damage in just […]

[INFOGRAPHIC] 5 Common Elevator Myths – Debunked

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Revealing the truth behind common elevator misconceptions We’re all guilty of it— waiting for an elevator to arrive, and pushing the call button over and over in hopes the elevator car will arrive faster… but does this actually work? Elevators are the most frequently used mode of transportation in the world. Every 3 days, elevators […]

United in Montreal 2016

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Renown Electric is proud to announce that we will be in attendance at the United in Montreal 2016 Convention and Exposition from September 19 – 22. The convention and exposition, held in Montreal, Quebec, brings together companies and professionals from around the world to discuss and showcase the latest developments in the elevator industry. You […]


5 Common Elevator Problems and Prevention Tactics

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Many equipment failures can be prevented with proper inspection and preventative maintenance. Regular maintenance doesn’t just increase productivity by avoiding downtime — it’s also been shown to decrease energy consumption by 15%. Long wait times and frequent breakdowns are inconvenient and a sign of wear. Overheating, high energy use, and low power factor may not […]

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Preparing for Your Scheduled Shutdown? 7 Things to Check

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Facility equipment — especially industrial motors — naturally wear down throughout operation, sometimes to the point of failure. In order to avoid costly unplanned downtime, plant managers should administer scheduled shutdowns at least once a year. Annual motor maintenance not only lengthens equipment life — it also decreases energy consumption. These planned shutdowns allow for […]

What’s that Noise My Motor Bearing is Making?

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In the course of our work, our team at Renown Electric Motors & Repair Inc. comes across a lot of motor drive and motor bearing issues. Noise coming from the motor drive or bearing is a particularly common complaint. Working with our partner NTN Corporation, a Japanese bearing manufacturer with global reach, we compiled a […]

Motor Repair Projects: See How Renown’s Process Works

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Renown Electric treats every motor project — big or small — with the same level of care to produce the best quality results for our customers. To illustrate how we handle motor repair projects smoothly from start to finish, we’ve compiled details from some of our past jobs into a new case studies page on […]

How to Save Money on Your Electric Motor

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Electric motors are the power sources regulating performance, speed, and torque in some of our most important commercial, residential, and industrial machines. But they’re also the single largest consumers of all electricity and, if not maintained properly, can cause costly downtime. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to improve the life and performance […]

How It Works: CoolBLUE Common Mode Chokes for VFDs

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Learn how inductive absorbers reduce damage to motor bearings and extend equipment life This post continues Renown’s monthly series called “How It Works,” featuring articles that detail the inner workings of motor maintenance services and processes. Electric motors are increasingly being equipped with variable frequency drive (VFD) systems for the energy efficiency the combination creates. This […]

Is Your Motor Driving Up Costs and Creating Safety Hazards?

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Is Your Motor Driving Up Costs and Creating Safety Hazards? When your motor isn’t running properly, the business loses time and money — and you also risk the safety of your employees. When it comes to providing efficient, safe operation systems, Renown Electric has the resources required for success. As highlighted in Renown’s latest case […]

How It Works: Winding Analysis

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How Winding Analysis Keeps Motors Running within a Predictive Maintenance Program This post is the third in a monthly series of “How It Works” articles that detail the inner workings of motor maintenance services and processes. The failure of a large motor can be deeply disruptive to the rest of a facility’s operations. Our monthly series in […]


Renown Electric Now Offering CoolBLUE Inductive Absorbers

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The inductive absorbers help extend motor bearing life and reduce maintenance costs. Renown Electric Motors & Repair now offers CoolBLUE Inductive Absorbers for motor bearings thanks to its recent partnership with MH&W International Corp. of Mahwah, NJ. The absorbers serve electric motors equipped with variable frequency drive (VFD) systems, which can create damaging motor bearing […]

How It Works: Dynamic Balancing

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This post is the second in a monthly series of “How It Works” articles that detail the inner workings of motor maintenance services and processes. Large motors are sophisticated machines, and their failure can be deeply disruptive to the rest of a facility’s operations. Understanding how your motor works — and the preventative and predictive maintenance […]


How It Works – Carbon Brush Operation

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How It Works – Carbon Brush Operation This post is the first in a monthly series of “How It Works” articles that detail the inner workings of motor maintenance services and processes. Though they are frequently overlooked, carbon brushes are one of the most critical elements of a motor. A carbon brush, also known as a […]

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