The frequency analysis of vibrations caused by rotating machines (pumps/fans) can provide useful indicators of future failures.
Quartzelec is a leading OEM-neutral independent global engineering group and a multi-disciplined service provider, delivering a comprehensive range of rotating machine electro / mechanical services and HV / LV contracting services.
Having an intimate working knowledge of the entire power chain in all sectors enables the company to engineer and deliver effective solutions, ensuring consistent machine availability and maintaining customers’ operating capacity and reputation.
Rotating machine services
Quartzelec is a world-leading technical authority in the design and manufacture of AC / DC motors and generators with a comprehensive range of repair, maintenance, and service solutions, onsite or workshop. The company supports HV / LV machines to 600MW, AC motors and generators, DC machines, turbo-alternators, hydro-generators, submersible motors, and ancillaries.
Electrical contracting services
Quartzelec has the resources, scale, and accreditations to deliver projects efficiently, from grid connections, supply upgrades to HV / LV distribution with expertise in utility works, HV / LV construction, HV / LV maintenance, periodic test and inspection, and M&E services.
Innovative products for rotating machines
Our products are designed to protect and safeguard our clients’ assets throughout their lifespan. With solutions for new machines and retrofit, Quartzelec ensures safe and efficient operation in the harshest of environments through condition monitoring, fault-rated terminal boxes, protection and testing devices, replacement motors, OEM spares, AVR / excitation control systems, and machine coils and bars.
Machine service and overhaul
Quartzelec’s services for rotating electrical machines support steam / gas turbine generators, hydro generators, large AC motors, including FD, ID fan motors, BF and CW pump motors, and ancillaries, including excitation, protection, and control. The company supports any OEM machine / equipment, including legacy brands such as Unipak, I-Range, AK, Impak, and Flowpak, built by our heritage companies GEC, GEC Alsthom, ALSTOM, and Cegelec.
Major overhauls, windings, insulation, shafts, bearings, oil and hydrogen seals, couplings, retaining rings, and rotor and stator components can be replaced onsite or within a Quartzelec facility.
Rotating machine maintenance
Rotating machines will suffer electrical / mechanical stress, wear, overheat, corrode, and even catastrophically fail. Structured maintenance and repair are vital to avoid costly downtime and reduce the total cost of ownership.
Long-term service agreements (LTSAs) and life enhancement programmes (LEPs) ensure optimal reliability and efficiency, extending the life cycle of the asset wherever possible.
Our lifetime care and maintenance packages, from basic inspections to total risk management, include 24/7 support and breakdown response.
Design and engineering
OEM heritage is the core of our design engineering capabilities. Quartzelec is an engineering-focused business with a strong focus on reverse engineering to ensure interchangeable electrical / mechanical solutions.
In-house design / redesign of AC / DC machines, cores, windings, retaining rings, supports, blocking, and insulation ensures that manufacturing meets existing specifications.
We provide control and protection system designs, feasibility studies, and condition monitoring for IEP’s, excitation, and AVR system design, as well as solutions to existing design issues.
Testing and diagnostics
Extensive test facilities enable machines up to 100t to be tested in-house, with control room facilities enabling witness testing.
Onsite, Quartzelec engineers have comprehensive diagnostic tools for AC / DC machines for test and inspection from high voltage to insulation resistance. As troubleshooting experts, Quartzelec offers recalibration, in-situ balancing and laser realignment, and condition monitoring online / offline.
New equipment and spares
Spares for any OEM rotating machine can be supplied.
Our engineering excellence enables the design, manufacture, and reverse engineering of spares to OEM specifications. Equally, new equipment can be supplied, following a design review.
Only Quartzelec can design, manufacture, and supply capital spares and components for our legacy machines, including GEC, GEC Alsthom Large Machines, BTH, and AEI.
Rotating machine repair and refurbishment
Quartzelec provides repair, rewind, refurbishment, and retrofitting of all rotating machines up to 22kV, including static / rotating mechanical plant, workshop, and site-based.
The company also offers winding and re-insulation, cryogenic decontamination, and in-situ installation / replacement of components / ancillaries. On-site machining, including commutator skims for large DC drives, are among our capabilities. Turbo-alternator rotor repair is something Quartzelec excels at.
Installation and commissioning of rotating electrical machines
Installing and commissioning rotating machines and components of any OEM is a core service whether it is a repaired, refurbished, or new machine. Quartzelec can include protection systems, condition monitoring, ancillary control, instrumentation equipment, and excitation systems.
Site service for rotating machines
Our site services are diverse with a wide portfolio of support. Electrical maintenance, online or offline, non-destructive testing (electrical / mechanical), site safety, fire-detection system maintenance, condition-based maintenance, and value system maintenance through to operator and maintenance training are some of the services from Quartzelec provided at multiple sites around the world.
HV / LV contracting services
Quartzelec offers complete design, installation, commission, inspect, test, and maintenance from 415V to 33kV.
The company also supports construction projects, including new installations or refurbishments up to 33kV, providing switchgear, cabling, jointing, transformers, earthing, protection systems, and grading studies.
Our 24/7 emergency or routine maintenance support covers distribution systems to full building installations, switchgear maintenance to periodic inspection, and PAT testing. Flexible and tailored HV / LV maintenance packages are available for single / multiple sites, supporting manufacturers’ equipment.
The company serves M&E projects through the full design, installation, and commissioning, including LPHW, HVAC, BMS, plumbing, electrical, protective systems (fire & security), and data systems.
As a NERS-accredited ICP, Quartzelec designs networks, liaises with the DNO, provides new grid connections, and supplies upgrades up to and including 33kV.
Laser cutting and fabrication
TS Metals, a Quartzelec group company, is the company’s welding and fabrication business. Specialist metal fabricators and engineers deliver design, fabrication, manufacturing, and laser-cutting solutions for bespoke, complex, or turnkey projects from one-offs to batch production, supporting all industry sectors.
Our group philosophy enables us to deliver an integrated, engineering-led approach with best practice and shared vision as core values. Our engineering capability and design expertise deliver high-performance reverse-engineering solutions.
With more than 100 years of manufacturing experience, Quartzelec is derived from such electrical engineering giants as GEC, GEC Alsthom, BTH, AEI, and ALSTOM.
Motors and generators manufactured by the heritage companies are still supported by Quartzelec today. In fact, the company still holds the design and engineering records for many of these machines.
When a US-based engineering solutions provider needed urgent support to help in the rotor refurbishment of a pair of large hydro-generators at a pumped-storage underground power station, it turned to TS Metals, part of the Quartzelec group of companies, to engineer, laser profile and deliver the high specification components it needed.
Quartzelec, a leading independent electrical engineering service provider, is increasingly being tasked by UK companies to undertake lightning protection surveys to ensure compliance with BS EN 62305:2011.
Quartzelec has joined the Achilles FPAL Verify network to further demonstrate its commitment to delivering high-quality services available to the oil and gas industry.
Quartzelec has recertified its Phase-Segregated Terminal Boxes range to new IEC standards, which includes the addition of full earth bonding.
A multinational construction materials manufacturer underwent a dramatic loss of high-voltage (HV) supply at one of its UK facilities in the early hours of the morning. Quartzelec investigated the issue to get the power back on.
Quartzelec is sponsoring the upcoming Steam Turbine and Generator User Group 2019.
Quartzelec has recently tendered for an Arc Flash Assessment at Mexichem, Runcorn, UK.
Quartzelec recently signed a contract to renovate an initial 60 'Ex' certified low-voltage (LV) motors for a gas refinery in Egypt.
Quartzelec’s New Excitation Control Systems Provide James Cropper with Enhanced Operational Performance
British master papermakers James Cropper turned to Quartzelec to design and deliver a viable and cost-effective replacement for an ‘obsolete’ 50-year old steam turbine generator control panel.
Quartzelec Designs, Builds and Installs New Synchronous Motor Starter Hub for Middle Eastern customer
When a utility company based in Saudi Arabia experienced operational problems with the starting hub of a critical synchronous motor drive, the company initially approached the motor OEM for assistance. Seeking a viable alternative, Quartzelec was approached to provide technical support.
Quartzelec is exhibiting at Electrify Europe, which will be held from 19-21 June 2018 in Messe Wien, Vienna, Austria.
Quartzelec has reported an increase in pre-tax revenues to £1.2m, based on a £63.4m turnover for the 30 September 2017 year.
Quartzelec has recently fitted a brushless AC exciter at the Mucomir Hydropower station in Scotland.
Quartzelec has experienced a large increase in demand from across North and South America for its expert rotating electrical machines support services.
UK-based Quartzelec will soon provide its services to Indonesia, having recently made expansions in Malaysia and The Phillippines.
Quartzelec, one of the UK's leading suppliers of electrical engineering services, is currently exhibiting its most innovative solutions and services for rotating machines for the power generation industry at POWER-GEN Europe 2017.
When it comes to providing vital engineering support for high-voltage and low-voltage electrical assets including rotating machines and associated static plant within the expanding renewables sector, Quartzelec delivers a key set of skills on an ‘around-the-clock’ basis through its strategically placed UK workshop facilities.
The past decade has been an economic rollercoaster for many UK and international organisations.
Leading UK based independent electrical engineering group Quartzelec, has invested more than a million Euros in its Rugby based Quartzcoil manufacturing business, allowing it to further meet growing global demand for coils and bars that support the manufacture and refurbishment of AC/DC motors and generators.
A critical failure was prevented at the Tata Steel (Margam) operation in Port Talbot, South Wales due to ongoing electrical inspections and prompt intervention by Quartzelec, and the in-house team. The failure could have resulted in a loss of steel production, as well as a long rebuild programme and a large repair bill.
Demand for Quartzelec’s Range of ATEX Certified and Uncertified Terminal Boxes Jumps as Global Businesses Require Electrical Supply Protection
With an ever growing number of electrical machines now being manufactured and sourced from overseas, customers still need to ensure that the electrical terminal boxes comply with international safety and manufacturing standards, particularly if they are being operated in potentially hazardous environments.
As a technical authority in the field of rotating electrical machines, Quartzelec has now created a dedicated test area that has the ability to test all types of rotating electrical machines (AC/DC motors and generators), gearboxes and transformers to national and international standards, ensuring a wide range of dynamic and static tests can be delivered, either as a stand-alone service or encompassed within a repair or overhaul.
One of the most innovative and respected gas and hydrocarbon companies in the United Arab Emirates has just competitively tendered and awarded Quartzelec, a leading international electrical engineering group, with a significant service and support presence in the region, with a long term Partial Discharge monitoring contract to cover the next three years, with an option to extend.