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Our BlogYou won’t find these motors in your car, however without them, making automobiles would be next to impossible. Before your car took shape at the factory, these motors were already humming. They are the electric motors driving the machinery, shaping st
By: Repco IncDC motors are specialized machines that convert electrical energy, typically from a battery, into mechanical energy. An electrical current flows directly from the power source to the motor, where the energy converts to mechanical rotation.
The Lumber and Wood Production industry sector made headlines earlier this year. When the pandemic led to slowdowns in manufacturing, and the economic recovery followed, the housing market and home remodeling boomed. Wood products prices typically fluctua
Marine shipping costs rose sharply during COVID, and so has the demand for containers. Roughly the size of a rail car, these containers require cranes and special forklift trucks to move them...
The ups and downs of air travel begin before you board the plane. In 2020, escalators, elevators and moving walkways, along with aircraft, were motionless. In the first quarter 2021, companies like Otis Elevator reported 10% organic growth. Production
Traveling along the highway this summer you may be thinking about the beach or the mountains – whatever your destination. If you are paying attention, you may also notice the groundwork being laid to upgrade the nation’s roads, rails and bridges.
Commercial solar power usually runs off a power grid – what’s called a photovoltaic system (PV). Photovoltaics is the conversion of light into electricity. A power grid-connected PV system consists of solar panels, inverters to convert DC to AC power, a
The green goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2025 includes big plans for Electric Power – particularly Wind and Solar. This not only benefits the environment, it creates thousands of jobs.
With 2020 now thankfully in the rear-view mirror, what does 2021 have in store for the Electrical Equipment and Parts sector of the economy? While the stock market is not necessarily an indicator of economic conditions, it can be a harbinger of growth to
Ford Motor Company began manufacturing personal protection equipment (PPE) face masks and face shields in April 2020 at its European plants. This protected its workers and has evolved into a larger initiative. The effort to produce face masks and face s
Smaller parts inside motor controls like electrical contacts, control coils and carbon motor brushes need to be replaced. These devices are used for switching circuits on and off. Finding a source for current and older models can be challenging...
What is a Control Coil in Electrical Contactors and Motor Starters? Control coils carry electrical current. The current is sent through the coil to generate an electromagnetic field. Control coils fail due to excess heat and vibration that can cause th
In this discussion we’re going to look more closely at Carbon Brushes and learn why motor replacement parts continue to be in demand. Sometimes electric motors and machines are older, but working fine.
Below are common questions about electrical contact operation and choosing replacement contacts. Our goal is to help electrical distributors avoid supply chain delays when OEM delivery can be weeks or months away.
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The electrical parts industry is catalog number driven. DC contacts and AC electrical contact kits all have electrical parts catalog numbers. Watch our video!
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Let’s look at what’s happened in in the world of industrial motor control.
We’re going to look at an AC Mitsubishi S-N50 contactor and how to check for worn electrical contacts.
The Corona pandemic has virtually grounded air travel and sunk cruise lines. However, there’s one sector that doesn’t rely so much on consumer discretionary spending. Maritime commercial shipping and commercial air freight shrunk only a modest 14% and 1
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REPCO can help you keep customers and avoid delivery delays of OEM motor and control parts including contact kits, motor brushes and operating coils.
REPCO is a wholesaler offering carbon brushes from original manufacturers as well as its own private label lower-cost alternatives for specific applications
Your lead time for shipping of OEM Electric Motor Control Parts may be the difference between losing or keeping your customers.
Avoid Delivery Delays: Standard OEM delivery of electric motor control parts can be weeks away. REPCO stocks replacement contact kits for Square D Current Series Contactors for Motor Control used in mining operations. Electrical contact replacements...
Avoid OEM Delays: Standard OEM delivery of electric motor control parts can be weeks away. REPCO stocks replacement contact kits for General Electric DS303 DC Contactors for Motor Control used in Cranes for recycling collection and separation. Electrical
Electrical contacts, motor brushes and coils when you need them.
Avoid OEM Delays: Standard OEM delivery of electric motor control parts can be weeks away. REPCO stocks ABB Electrical Contacts like ABB Contact Kit: EHCK170-3 for Motor Control that may be used in Furniture Lathes and other replacements for 27 major bra
Picking up from our discussion of electrical contacts in water pump motors, we now move on to another critical replacement part: Carbon Brushes.
What’s the electrical contact’s role? A coil inside the contactor is energized to create a magnetic field that opens or closes the contacts and puts the pump motor in motion.
They are small items that help keep large conveyors and cranes moving. This equipment moves heavy objects and they’re the force behind the manufacture of earth-moving equipment, like tractors.
Taking your car to the local car wash can be a fun experience, especially if you have kids with you. For some reason, kids love to ride through car washes. Of course, the real reward is a quickly cleaned car at the end of the tunnel.
At Repco we’re often asked, "How do your electrical replacement contact kits differ from the OEM kits?" The best way to answer that question is to compare three OEM electrical contact kits with three Repco replacement contact kits.
So how does a motor starter and the contacts in it work? In this example we’re using a Furnas GP40 Contactor in the Innova Plus Series. Furnas is now owned by Siemens.
The term "carbon brush" appeared in electrical engineering history with the change to materials actually made from copper wire, which looked like a brush, to graphite and carbon. Carbon brushes have been evolving for decades.
Siemens Energy & Automation acquired the Furnas Electric Company electrical control and motor control center product groups in 1996. You will see these OEM names used interchangeably. Furnas is now a Siemens company
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The next time you’re checking in at an upscale hotel, take a moment to appreciate what’s going on behind the scenes to keep things humming.
Carbon brush grades fall under four main categories based on the manufacturing procedures, the types of carbons and other ingredients. The types of brushes are: carbongraphite, electrographite, graphite and metal graphite.
Through acquisition and industry consolidation Schneider Electric has grown into a global leader. Schneider’s 21st century focus is on expanding its electrical distribution and automation and energy management solutions.
Modern day tractor manufacturing involves automation and conveyor driven processes. John Deere, Caterpillar, Kubota and all leading manufacturers have invested heavily in streamlining operations to both to keep costs down and to protect workers.
To end the year, we’ve dug up and summarized some of our favorite electrical contact and carbon brush "help" articles from the archives with links back to the original article for easy reference.
OEMs & electrical wholesalers often train new hires in non-sales related functions in one to two week stints with inside and outside sales groups. This familiarizes them with product lines, customer service and resourcefulness in satisfying the customer
If you’ve ever ridden on a ski lift (a.k.a. chair lift) you’ve probably never thought about the mechanics and equipment that keep it running.
Carbon Brushes for Reliance Motors, Electrical Contacts for ABB Motor Controls, Contactor Shunt OfferingsREPCO stocks replacement brushes for Reliance DC variable-speed motors, generators and drives to keep these motors humming.
The days of individual craftsman laboring to create a single chair, table, hutch, or cabinet are nearly over. Computer controlled cutters, automatic sanders, and assembly lines reign supreme. A majority of furniture today, isn’t manipulated by humans unt
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Across the United States from the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, and Northwest Repco supplies and supports electrical distributors. It’s why our replacement electrical contacts, carbon brushes, and coils are found coast to coast
Electrical contacts for motor controls are usually made from copper. When contacts are in the closed position for a long period of time, accompanied by a healthy flow of amperage, they tend to ’stick’ or weld.
When it comes to buying Allen Bradley contactors and starters, or any OEM brand for that matter, do you choose NEMA or IEC style products? First, what is the difference between NEMA and IEC?
Where can electrical distributors source hard-to-find or discontinued electrical contacts for their customers?When OEMs discontinue an electrical contact series or the company merges or shuts down, customers are often left scrambling to find replacement components. Motor control systems and manufacturing equipment can be in service for years or decades.
The obvious sign is when your machinery stops working and you narrow it down to a failed electrical contact. But this is past the point when routine maintenance would have discovered an electrical contact was wearing down, so it’s unusual.
Cutler-Hammer Freedom Electical Contact Series frequently asked questions.
Electrical contacts and carbon brushes are woven deeply into the making of fabrics, textiles, and clothingToday’s textile manufacturing equipment generates hundreds of meters per hour in material with superior quality.
REPCO stocks a complete line of replacement electrical contacts for General Electric contactors and motor starters. Replacements are stocked for General Electric contact series.
Most industrial and manufacturing equipment utilizes motor control. Electromagnetic motor controls provide reliable and safe operation in a variety of harsh conditions. However, electrical contacts, a major operational element, do break down eventually.
While the precursors of the modern assembly line preceded Henry Ford it was the Ford motor company that fully realized its potential and ushered in modern manufacturing.
Tremendous advances have been made in 3D printing, and the cost of 3D printers has been dropping steadily, causing many futurists to predict it will usher in a new industrial revolution. But the reality is a bit more complex.
Electrical contacts are found and used almost everywhere - from small contacts and/or relays in household equipment to large high-voltage switches in power plants, and every shape and size in between.
Replacement electrical contacts are more affordable than the OEM contact. OEMs insist on premium pricing to recoup their development costs and to guard their premium brand position.
Modern factories wisely seek out process improvement in all aspects of production. It saves time, money, and in the case of stacking products onto pallets, it prevents repetitive stress on workers. Mechanized palletizers were invented in the late 1940s.
Westinghouse Electric Corp., founded in 1886, is credited with helping alternating current electricity spread throughout the United States following a fierce competitive era with Edison’s General Electric Co.
The fundamental principals of electromagnetic controls have remained fairly straightforward and substantially unchanged for decades. What has changed is the speed of development of new motor and control devices. As each new device is created it often req
The nearly hundred-year-old Cutler-Hammer company was acquired by Eaton Corporation in 1978. The addition of the Cutler-Hammer brand continued the expansion of Eaton’s legacy contactor lines such as Powerware and Moeller.
Electrical contacts may stick when they open and close. Small sparks known as arcs can corrode the metal and contribute to sticking. Cleaning electrical contacts to reduce sticking is an option. Eventually, electrical contacts need to be replaced.
Everyone enjoys a freshly laundered shirt. But few of us give much thought to what goes into producing it. We simply drop it off and pick it up. But behind the counter at your local dry cleaner you’ll find many motor controls.
Contactor parts don’t wear out simultaneously. Usually it’s the contacts or the springs that wear out first. But there are many different parts that are subject to wear and tear including levers, auxiliaries, arcs, and shunts.
If the unit is out of warranty, then there is no warranty to void by using a competitive replacement product that is less expensive than the original manufacturer’s part.
Repco manufactures OEM compatible replacement electrical contacts for all major motor controls. They are direct replacements for the OEM versions and are warranted to be free of defects in workmanship and materials.
Repco offers a comprehensive assortment of replacement electrical contacts for Telemecanique (Schneider) motor starters and contactors. Our Telemecanique compatible items
Distilling is an ancient art and holds onto many traditions. The size of the still, types of barrels, length of aging, and other distillation processes may be tightly regulated. However, modern demand requires distillers to embrace automation...
While components and sections of large commercial airliners are likely fabricated by industrial robots, when it came time to assemble the plane and paint the planes, humans handled it. But to remain competitive, Boeing is investing in automating...
Explosive growth in the Bakken and Marcellus regions has been supply shortages as demand often outpaces supply. Fortunately, Repco inventories 1000s of OEM compatible electrical contacts and carbon brushes.
Steel recycling has been going on for over a century and a half. Recycled steel has many advantages. Because recycled steel loses very little of it’s physical properties it’s often more affordable to recycle than to produce new steel from mined ore.
Most escalators include electro-magnetic overload devices that are triggered by tread or motor impairment, stress, or emergency cut-off switches.
Industrial ovens are used to process components by curing, drying, baking, annealing, stress relieving, tempering, aging, and heat-treating. From car parts to circuit boards, nearly all manufacturing involves an industrial ovens.
Chances are if you’ve traveled by plane, you’ve stood waiting for your luggage at the baggage carousel. This much maligned activity actually conceals some interesting mechanics that allow modern airports to work efficiently.
From the tilt-a-whirl to the roller coaster, few of us think much about the mechanical engineering and physics involved in an amusement ride nor the endless maintenance they require. We just buy the tickets and have some fun.
To keep air filtration units operating optimally, regular cleaning and maintenance is required. Filters must be cleaned or replaced, collection hoppers emptied and control systems and motors need regular service.
Electrical contacts manufactured by Klockner-Moeller have been installed by electricians and sold by major electrical distributors for decades. Even after Klockner-Moeller was acquired by Eaton, their electrical contacts continue to be widely used.
Repco manufactures high-quality replacement contact kits and motor control parts for current and obsolete series that are comparable to their OEM equivalents.
A recent article by EC&M reported NEMA’s Motors Shipments Index showed an increase of 6.5% over the previous quarter. This is a good indicator after a precipitous drop from Q2 to Q3 in motor shipments in 2012.
Repco manufactures replacement electrical contact kits for more than two dozen OEMs ranging from ABB and Cutler-Hammer to Siemens and Westinghouse - all guaranteed to match the OEM original in form, fit and function.
Repco is the only company in the world that sells carbon brushes from all major manufacturers (Carbone, Morgan AM&T, and Helwig) along with our own replacement brand of carbon brushes.
Water pumps are fairly simple devices. Most use impellers and act like "fans" except they push water instead of air. There are more complex pumps, including vacuum or screw pumps, but what they all have in common is a motor driving them.
Repco replacement contacts are designed and manufactured to be functionally indistinguishable from the original. Repco replacement contacts aren’t lesser quality they’re simply more affordable.
Improvements in the United States manufacturing sector always increases the demand for new and replacement parts. Manufacturing lines need maintenance and refurbishment while new products drive an increase for new components.
Square D is a century old brand that’s been trusted and admired throughout its history. However, in 1991, Schneider Electric acquired Square D. And as typical in any acquisition, some product lines were discontinued.
Modern data centers are engineered to extract the most processing power in the smallest footprint, using the least amount of energy. Servers, storage, and miles upon miles of cables draw an enormous amount of power and generate a large amount of heat.
Copper is a commodity that’s important in many types of manufacturing. It’s the third most important metal after iron and aluminum. So the potential disruption to manufacturing supplies if copper is tied up in financial instruments is realistic.
Chances are, if you’ve worked on or around an assembly line, or operated industrial machinery, you’re familiar with an emergency stop button. Even if you haven’t worked in a factory setting the concept is commonly understood.
Repco, founded in 1976, manufactures replacement electrical contacts for industrial controls and motors. Repco makes compatible, affordable replacement contact kits for dozens of OEMs and more than 80 contactor series including ABB.
Wastewater treatment plants are critical infrastructure components for modern society. Filtering municipal influent so it’s safe, protects the environment, and keeps everyone living healthy.
Repco manufactures high quality, low cost replacement contacts and contact kits for General Electric contactors and motor starters. Repco’s replacements are guaranteed to match the OEM product in form, fit, and function.
Printing plants invest millions in printing and finishing equipment. To recoup their investment they have to feed the machines and keep them running for two or three shifts almost every day. Any type of unplanned downtime can be a real problem.
Purchasing replacement parts can be a difficult decision for some firms. Specifiers may have reservations about using replacement parts or wish to remain loyal to OEMs
An electrical contact is an electrically controlled switch that completes or interrupts a circuit affecting an electrical current. Unlike relays, electrical contacts carry higher current loads and are designed to be directly connected to high voltage...
Manufacturing cement is an intensive mechanical process relying on large, heavy-duty machinery. It all starts at the mining operation. Limestone and other ingredients are extracted and transported to the cement plant.
Allen-Bradley contact kits are used in a wide variety of applications and industries from lighting, manufacturing, overload protection, motor control, and more.
Large and small online retailers are continually seeking to improve operations. One of the most labor-intensive environments is "picking and packing" orders. Several companies are attempting to affordably bring industrial robots to the supply chain.
The September 2012 issue of International Cranes and Special Transport includes several articles discussing regional slowdowns in crane demand - though it’s not all bad news. It’s an excellent interview worth a quick read...
Repco offers an extensive line of the highest quality replacement electrical contacts for Allen-Bradley (Rockwell) contactors. Contact sets are available for the following series: 500-Line, Bulletin 646, IEC 100-Line, Series A Old Style, and Series K.
No matter how enormous the turbine or generator or how high the current, a carbon brush is used to transfer the current. Enormous, million-dollar turbines and generators eventually rely on this comparatively small part to transfer current to the grid.
In the motor control business significant consolidation has occurred over the past decades. Control OEMs have been bought, sold, merged, or cease to exist. The end result, for customers, is that there are fewer manufacturers today.
Oil platforms are a critical component of modern day energy production. Offshore platforms drill wells, extract oil and natural gas, and process and store product temporarily.
For 100+ years, since William S. Harley and the Davidson brothers first motorized a bicycle, the company has continued to evolve and reinvent itself. It’s seen its post WWII hey day, its troubled times in the 70’s, and it’s rebirth in the late 80’s.
Because most electrical distributors offer a vast selection of products together with a large standing inventory and competitive prices, they are a single-source provider end-users can rely on for quick turnaround.
Repco manufacturers replacement electrical contacts and contact sets for 26 leading control OEMs (e.g., Allen-Bradley, ABB, GE, Square D, Telemecanique, Westinghouse) covering over 75 current and discontinued series.
Repco offers replacement electrical contacts for Cutler-Hammer (Eaton) contactors and motor starters. Our warehouse inventories contact sets and tip replacement alternatives for various Cutler-Hammer series.
Self-erecting tower cranes are a critical component in the rise of modern skyscrapers. They grow along with the high-rise they’re helping to build, either beside it or in the center. The tower crane constructs the building and also assembles itself.
Foundry and fabrication facilities use gantry cranes, conveyor systems, and automated heavy machines (mills, press, etc.). These devices all utilize motors and controls for power management. Repco supplies replacement contact sets that match OEM sets.
Industrial robots need service and maintenance when electrical components wear down and a replacement part is required. And Repco is ready to provide electrical contacts, carbon brushes, and coils without sacrificing form, fit, or function. EDXHXCAHRUY7
The simple answer is they work well. And in some scenarios mechanical starters offer better performance or are the better option. In high voltage operations they offer superior performance and reliability.
By: GregA replacement electrical parts supplier can differentiate itself from original equipment manufacturers in one key area: product knowledge. The replacement supplier is an expert focusing exclusively on this niche business.
Repco, Inc. has been a proud associate member of NAED since 2000. Repco stands for replacement electrical parts company. They manufacturer and supply replacement electrical contacts, control coils and carbon brushes.
When your department is asked to examine costs and to work within a smaller budget, every purchase decision becomes a cost/benefit analysis. Even motor and control systems, which are critical, must cut costs - which means considering replacement parts.
There is significant electrical maintenance performed at car washes to help keep things operating smoothly. Electrical contractors depend upon their local electrical wholesaler to have the right products on the shelf for those quick repairs.
A carbon brush is a component used to conduct electrical current between the stationary and rotating parts of a motor typically found in generators.
Mining equipment manufacturers incorporate electromagnetic motor controls into their equipment and systems.
Electric powered gantry cranes help keep cargo flowing in and out of the US. And if you look closely, chances are you’ll find electrical contactors starting and stopping the winch motors.
Repco reverse engineers and manufactures electrical contacts using the same metals and alloys as used in the original part (CDA 110 copper, 90/10 silver mixes, various platings) then we test the replacement electrical contacts for fit, form, and function.
Just-in-time inventory for replacement electrical contacts, contact kits, carbon brushes, and motor control coils.Repco manufactures and sells replacement electrical contacts, kits, carbon brushes, and motor control coils for dozens of control manufacturers. Our replacement parts span 100s of current and obsolete series and suppliers.
Eventually contacts wear out and when they do it’s critical to get the motor starter functioning as quickly as possible - but if you don’t know the manufacturer or contact type then what?
Let’s begin with the basics about contacts. It’s also called a tip, point, finger, wedge, button and segment.
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