CDA Publishes New Case Study on Copper’s Use in Motor Repair Shops

November 14, 2016


The Copper Development Association (CDA) Examined How Repair Facilities Use Copper to Either Repair or Replace Older, Less-efficient Motors

NEW YORK, NY— The Copper Development Association (CDA) has published a new case study that provides best practices from three motor repair facilities. These industry experts share how they utilize copper in motor repair and in selling new motors to replace older, less-efficient models.

Electric motor repair facilities are tasked with selling new Premium Efficient® electric motors and with restoring worn-out motors, while also guiding their customers through this process. They account for about half of all new motors sold in the marketplace. When a motor fails, it needs to be either repaired or replaced. It is critical that building owners, facility managers and engineers explore both options.

“The best techniques in electric motor repair use a significant amount of copper,” said Richard E. deFay, program manager for CDA’s Sustainable Energy Program and author of the case study. “The metal is used in Premium Efficient Motors and in the stator windings, improved insulation and better bearings of restored motors. If replacement is the ultimate decision, many repair shops recommend higher-efficiency copper motors.”

Making an informed decision about whether to repair or replace a motor can save facilities time, money and energy. Motor repair shops can provide valuable knowledge and experience to help with this decision, as well as preventative and predictive motor failure education and service that can extend the useful life of the system. CDA’s case study compiles the experiences of three of these facilities to provide a look at what motor specialists recommend.

To view the case study and to learn more about copper’s use in motor repair and replacement, visit