Electric Motors Certification
Mpumalanga-based armature winding specialist, Mokse Engineering Enterprises cc, has earned SKF’s highly respected Rebuilder: Electric Motors Certification following a stringent audit in September 2016.
Mokse Engineering is an approved rebuilder and supplier of leading electric motor brands up to 450kW. The company is also a CX 0719 certified flameproof rebuilder and its 600sqm cutting-edge facility is equipped to carry out repairs on pumps, fans, welding machines and generators.
After taking over the business from his father, Gorst Hubball in 1994, Managing Member, Christopher Hubball and his team ensure that they uphold the solid values and steadfast commitment to quality that has moulded the foundation of this family-owned company since its founding in 1989. “We continue my father’s legacy ‘if you do something, do it properly’”.
“Quality remains our primary goal when carrying out our core business of repairing and supplying electrical equipment,” states Christopher. “We successfully combine old school values with modern technology which ensures quality in our products, procedures and customer service.” Living by the Sans ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System code, Mokse Engineering has built a solid reputation with its customers including power utilities and leading steel processors who consider the company as a quality outfit. “They trust us with their strategic and critical motors because they are rest assured in the knowledge that we will pull out all the stops to find a quality solution.”
“In line with our relentless pursuit for quality, we associate only with quality brands like SKF and use only the best equipment available on the market,” continues Christopher. Mokse has been using SKF tooling including a bearing heater, a bearing puller as well as tooling with demagnetising since (year). “We make use of SKF quality tooling because it is fundamental to our quality of workmanship.”
Mokse Engineering has made large investments in high-tech equipment including a state-of-the-art fully computerised VPI (Vacuum Pressure Impregnation) plant with wireless report printing, a professional winding and balancing machine, a balancing and vibration analyser and burn-off ovens. “In addition to our complete flameproof facility, we also have a dedicated test facility for armature winding and we are also equipped to do load and pump testing.” The company’s services also extend to Non-Destructive Testing, field service work including on-site balancing. Christopher adds that they have the capabilities to balance soft and hard bearings to extremely fine measurements. Mokse recently installed a unique in-house designed and developed shot and sandblasting facility.
Anton Theunissen, SKF Manager – Distribution Development, Southern Africa, congratulates the Mokse team on attaining this certification which he says bears testament to the uncompromising quality that the company stand for and adheres to.
Extremely proud to receive the SKF Rebuilder: Electric Motors Certification, Christopher extends heartfelt thanks to his dedicated team. “When we started preparation for certification audit in March 2016, everybody brought their A-game.” Christopher describes SKF’s procedure and process oriented audit as fully comprehensive, highly technical and extremely tough. “The stringent criteria stretched to every last detail, even down to the lighting quality in our workplace which was tested with a light meter.” According to Christopher, the astute auditor was meticulous and thorough, monitoring every aspect of our facility, checking our grease cabinets and the correct storage of our tools. Torque wrenches for example must be turned to lowest possible seating during storage. Quality is absolute “SKF has put a lot into their Programme to ensure i.e. best practices and that there is no compromise when it comes to quality.”
“The audit makes us sharper and enables us to advance by continuously upgrading our facilities, improving our service to customers as well as by developing our staff’s skill sets. The Certification has cemented our objective to be positioned as a preferred armature winder in Mpumalanga and one of the best in the industry,” concludes Christopher.
Electric motors are critical equipment in any manufacturing or processing industry. Substandard motor repair or rebuild is one of a number of factors that can lead to premature failure resulting in costly downtime for end users. Recognising the need to enhance the reliability of motors, SKF introduced its Certified Rebuilder: Electric Motors Programme in Q4 2006 with the objective of improving motor repair effectiveness to extend mean time between failures (MTBF) and improve plant availability. The Programme is audited every alternate year and presents a three-way partnership between the electric motor rebuilder, SKF’s authorised distributor and SKF.