Buzz From Toronto

2016 EASA Convention boasts new Accreditation Program

Trade shows for the electromechanical service industry? Look no further than EASA’s annual convention, this year in Toronto.

Considered a mecca of knowledge and innovation by many industry professionals, the convention seems to create a buzz and produce heightened excitement every year around this time.

One of the main topics of discussion this year was EASA’s Accreditation Program, recently introduced and designed to ensure the efficiency and reliability in repaired electric motors. As EASA states on its website, “it has been proven that electric motor efficiency can be maintained during repair and rewind by following defined good practices.” Therefore, the association developed an international accreditation program for service centers based on the sources of these good practices, namely ANSI/EASA AR100: Recommended Practice for the Repair of Rotating Electrical Apparatus and the Good Practice Guide of the 2003 study The Effect of Repair/Rewinding on Motor Efficiency, by EASA and the Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades (AEMT).

Attendees at this year's EASA convention in Toronto.—Electrical Apparatus photo by Bill O'Leary

Attendees at this year’s EASA convention in Toronto.—Electrical Apparatus photo by Bill O’Leary

The intent of the program is to evaluate service centers for evidence of compliance to assure that they are using prescribed good practices to maintain motor efficiency and reliability during electrical and mechanical repairs of electric motors. The program aims to accomplish this by use of independent, third-party auditors.

Questions raised included the prospect of DoE intervention. Austin Bonnett, a technical consultant to EASA and retired engineering VP for U.S. Motors, asked what steps EASA will be taking to use the Accreditation program to ward off any Department of Energy move to enact regulation of the motor repair process. The question echoed common concerns regarding whispers that the department is looking to control repairs as well as new motor manufacturing. “That’s because a repair can adversely affect efficiency,” one conference attendee told EA, “The repair industry has understandably been concerned about that.”

Linda Raynes, EASA CEO, provided this answer: “We need to reach a critical mass of accredited repair shops…we want 150 to 200 at least, and then we will approach DoE to make them more aware.” Raynes was presumably referring to making them “more aware” of the notion that a nationally accepted standard such as ANSI/NEMA AR 100 is sufficiently widely adopted enough to stand alone without government intervention.

Besides the 76 shops now in the program, 30-some others are  now “registered” to be assessed as eligible for the Accreditation status. There are only a handful of recognized assessors,” Raynes continued, so it will take time.

The EASA list of accredited service centers currently includes familiar names such as Shermco, Brandon & Clark, and ACE Armature. The overview of the program on EASA’s website also includes these descriptions:

Scope of the Program: Three-phase, squirrel-cage motors that are repaired in accredited service centers. As such, the scope of the program includes mechanical repairs as well as electrical rewinding.

Highlights
• Designed to assure usage of prescribed good practices
• Helps maintain motor efficiency and reliability during repair
• Covers 23 categories and over 70 criteria elements (See the Audit Checklist with Explanations for details)
• External audits are conducted by independent, third-party auditors
• Open to EASA members and non-members
• Learn more about the benefits of becoming accredited

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