Marthinusen & Coutts refurbishes winder motor for Northam Platinum

The South African market is steadily recognising Marthinusen & Coutts’ capabilities in the area of restoration and modernisation of old electrical equipment to “as new” status. This capability is also associated with significant cost savings.

Northam Platinum recently acquired a used 4300kW winder DC Marthinusen & Coutts refurbishes winder motor for Northam Platinum’s new shaft motor to drive the hoist that is due to be installed in the new Number 3 Shaft for the Zondereinde Western Extension of the mine near Thabazimbi, Limpopo.

At the beginning of this year DRA, the consulting engineers for Zondereinde, contracted M&C to inspect and test the 37-year-old motor and drive shaft and perform any repairs that were required to be done. M&C was also commissioned as part of the contract to manufacture a number of key spare parts for the motor.

M&C’s Large Motor repair facility in Benoni, which is equipped to handle very large rotating machinery, performed the work, completing it in mid-November this year. The motor’s 42t armature was found to be in good working order, while the frame’s interpole coils and brushgear were partially refurbished and cleaned.

M&C applied reverse engineering methods to manufacture the spare parts for the motor, which comprised three each of field coils, interpoles and pole shoes, plus a full set of 24 damper bars – eight for each of the three spare pole shoes.

The 38t 10.5m long drive shaft was found to be in good order.

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