Frequently asked questions

EASA Accreditation

How long does the typical EASA Accreditation onsite audit take?


It takes from three to five hours. If the service center is well prepared, has supplied us with shop documentation beforehand and if equipment/instruments are calibrated and calibration certificates are organized-it takes about three hours. However, if shop documentation is lacking, equipment and instruments are not calibrated, it can easily take five hours.




When an onsite EASA Accreditation is conducted and something fails the requirements will the auditor have to revisit before approval?


NO. With digital cameras, email document attachments, facetime we shouldn’t need to return. Of the eighty Accreditation audits we’ve conducted, we’ve never had to return.




If something must be adjusted for EASA Accreditation, how would we know what to do?


At the conclusion of the onsite audit, we have a meeting with service center interested staff to discuss things that are going well, and issues that must be addressed. Staff members will have an opportunity to present their position, establishing an agreement as to next steps and a date to complete any open tasks. A “To-Do” list is created within a few days of the onsite audit, e-mailed to the service center with: 1) Instrument, equipment, and/or documentation to be addressed; 2) Necessary proof and method of delivery to satisfy that the adjustments occurred; 3) An agreed upon date of completion from the post-audit meeting; 4) A “drop-dead” date of completion, unless arrangements are made and; 5) Date of completion.




Can a balance machine be calibrated in house for EASA Accreditation?


Yes. Balance equipment is covered on page eight of the EASA Accreditation Checklist, indicating balance equipment may be calibrated "by service center or an outsource firm". If in-house we strongly suggest having a written procedure that includes a calibrated scale, fixture designed and used exclusively for the purpose, fixture storage designation, certificate, calibration log, and identify qualifications of personnel to accomplish the task.




Why should motor service centers become EASA Accredited?


  1. Validate quality, while exposing and adjusting substandard shop floor processes;
  2. Deliver uniform repair practices to all customers—Big or small;
  3. Retain hard earned customers by reducing warranty claims utilizing industry recognized documentation and calibration;
  4. Focus employee's attention on critical processes;
  5. Bring job documentation and calibration up to industry standards;
  6. Motor end users recognize EASA as the electromechanical authority and place a high value on their third-party oversite.




Can EASA Accredited motor service centers be audited remotely?


Yes, effective June 26, 2020 EASA announced the change, giving accredited members a choice between in-person or remote (virtual) onsite audits. However, a service center's initial onsite audit may only be conducted in-person.





Green Motor Initiative

What are the steps to becomming a Green Motor Initiative (GMI) member?





Can Green Motor Initiative (GMI) motor service centers be audited remotely?


Yes, effective March 24, 2020 Green Motors Practices Group obtained approval from our incentive participating electric utilities to provide remote (virtual) audit evaluations. However, a service center's initial onsite audit or a service center with issue in the previous year may only be conducted in-person.





Seldom Asked Motor Questions

Where did the term "pecker-head" come from?


The term originated early in the twentieth century. Motors installed in applications requiring a quick change-out had flat connectors protruding from the junction box for the electrical connection. To save time when a motor was changed for another, the J-box was removed with the conduit still attached. The combination of the conduit, J-box and connectors looked like a chicken head with a beck and neck—hence the term "pecker-head".




What is the number one rule in electric motor repair?


Do NOT damage parts or pieces of the equipment to be reused when the job is finished!





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