3/35 - Acts of Kindness.
Have you ever felt so happy and yet sad all at the same time? This week ICC made goodie bags for residents of Asbury Place. The look on their faces when we popped in their rooms was priceless, our hearts exploded with joy. So many people in retirement communities have no one to visit with them. We can't forget about the generation that brought us into the world. A smiling face and a few minutes of time are all they want. Thank you, Asbury and Amy Wilson, for allowing us to visit. We feel blessed to have met these kind residents of our community.
Over the last week, we've been collecting donations for the Blount County Humane Society. Today, Johnny our QC Technician and Laura our CEO surprised the volunteers at the shelter with a trunk load of cat/dog food, treats, toys, towels, and litter. This no-kill shelter runs solely on donations and is grateful for any and all help. They have the cutest and most friendly kitties and puppies...we almost ended up with an office kitty.
You know the expression 'if it's not broken, don't fix it.” Well, it doesn't hold true 100% of the time. Below are bars from two v-ring comms, one that didn't break (but dangerously close) and one that did. In the first photo, the bar width under the brushes started at 3/4 inch wide and is now only 1/8 inch. In the 2nd photo, you can see where the bar wore so thin it broke right at the dovetail. While getting the most life out a comm is optimal running the bars this low can result in any number of failures. As you very well know, routine field maintenance and inspections are critically important.
Our first Act of Kindness was a success! We secretly bought several people coffee and snacks at The Vienna Coffeehouse. We had so much fun watching people's reactions as they were told a local company took care of their tab. The best part was when it created a chain reaction and several people started buying someone else's order. It does a heart good to spread kindness even with the smallest gesture. All the feels all around! Thank you, Vienna for helping us spread the kindness. :) #Randomactsofkindness#Maryville
ICC turns 35 this year, and we needed a way to celebrate. Party? Too easy... Logo?
Okay, but… Banners? Too showy…
The incredible staff at ICC came up with the perfect solution; one that gets everyone involved in making our 35th year our best ever, at every possible level. We are dubbing 2018 as the “Year of Kindness!” and throughout the year we will perform 35 Acts of Kindness that stretch community and company-wide. As part of our company culture, we believe it’s important to give back to the community where we live, play and work. So keep a lookout for our ICC employees. You’ll find us delivering surprises, picking up litter and collecting donations. We invite everyone to join us as we pass it forward, because there can never be too much kindness in this world.
- Laura Lyke, President & CEO
Congratulation Jay Bush on your 20-year service award.
For more than 35 years, ICC has been manufacturing commutators and slip rings that power machines around the world. Committed to the highest of values, ICC pushes the boundaries and continues to strive to maintain our position as the most reliable commutator and slip ring manufacturer in the electric motor industry.
Jay, we acknowledge and appreciate that the foundation of our success is built upon YOU and your commitment to ICC International. Thank you for not only your years of service but a job well done. You lead a strong steadfast team we can rely on day in and day out. We would be amiss if not to thank your family for their support as well. Your selfless work ethic often has you working overtime and weekends. We understand and appreciate the sacrifice.
Congratulations on your 20 Years of Service! You have reached an important milestone at ICC. Thank you for the many years of service and dedication to making our mission a reality every day for each of our customers.
Spending time with family and friends is what the holidays are all about. At ICC we were fortunate that we could get ahead of the production schedule and extend an extra day of paid vacation to all employees. Here we are enjoying our company Christmas party before the extended holiday. We hope each and everyone enjoyed themselves and had a restful holiday season.
Everyone looks forward to the annual potluck lunch. We received our Christmas bonus and new coats! Thank you Laura and Shawn for your gracious generosity. We have a great, family- oriented team, who can really cook, our bellies and hearts are full. And for extra fun Lana 'elfed' all the employees!
Finish the year strong. There's still time to repair that motor and get it back in the hands of your client by the first of January!
ICC is running full speed through the month of December to ensure every client receives their comms and slip rings.
We can manage your tight deadlines, even on straight time and regardless of holidays.
Your customer's motor emergency shouldn't land you in the ER. Call us when you want it fast, reliably and without a price tag that shocks your system!
Everything we do at ICC is designed to maximize efficiency, even on Straight Time. So when we get the call for your emergency, we know exactly what to do, and we consistently make it happen. Remember, this is what we do all day every day.
Call DaLynn, Jason, Michelle or Micah and you'll know that this is one less thing you need to worry about. 865-983-7444 or Info@iccinternational.com
Don't you have enough to deal with?
Doing what's right is just good business. Shorter lead-times? Added services? Whatever you need, we're here to help. We'll never price gouge, and we'll make the whole process easy. We know you have lives and businesses to put back together, so please let us do our part.
Ask to speak to DaLynn, Jason, Michelle or Micah they will help you work through any obstacle related to commutators, slip rings or GE Parts.
865-983-7444 or Info@iccinternational.com
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Regina Jennings was awarded The Blount Award which recognizes leadership to those who demonstrate outstanding care for the community and its citizens. Regina's friendly smile and huge heart are felt by anyone who comes in contact with her. Organizations all over Blount County have benefited from Regina's volunteer efforts. ICC is privileged to know and work with Regina. Please join us as we say congratulations and express our gratitude for all she does for our community. Regina is pictured below with her son Ben Stone who works at ICC along with ICC General Manager, Tracy Queen.
Friday, September 8, 2017
At ICC we believe it's important to support a variety of charities and community organizations. This past Friday, ICC sponsored a skeet shooting team benefiting the local Boy Scouts.
We're proud to say the ICC team took first place in the Shooting for Scouts, Sporting Clay Tournament. The event was held at the Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club in Maryville, TN. Congratulations guys, well done!
Team shooters were Nathan Ford, Brice Liotta, Hayden Price and Caleb Harbin.
Laura Lyke, CEO and Jason Trimarchi, Director of Business Development sit down to discuss ICC, where we've been, where we're headed and how we got there. They also talk about our new partnership with General Electric and how it benefits our clients.
We would like to recognize our employees and their commitment to ICC. The companie's success depends on you and we truly appreciate your hard work and dedication. Thank you.
Happiest of days to Michelle and Eddie! Wishing you the very best year ahead!
June 24-26, 2017 - Tampa, Florida
For ICC, the annual International EASA Conference is a way for us to thank so many of the people who help make us successful. We were so pleased to see so many of our customers and vendors in Tampa, many of whom have become friends over the years. We would like to sincerely thank all the hardworking EASA employees and volunteers for another successful conference. This forum which brings a multitude of partners together facilitates so many opportunities for which we are truly grateful. ICC is so pleased with our success from the show that we are already making plans for our 2018 participation!
1 of 5 - Steel Shrink Ring Commutators
Here we have received the comm assembled to the armature. We then tear it down to collect interior and exterior dimensions. This comm will be rebuilt on the armature shaft, as opposed to most commutators which are assembled to a hub with caps then installed on the armature shaft back at the motor shop.
2 of 5 - Steel Shrink Ring Commutator
This is the segment pack that has been compressed under significant tonnage, banded and cured. The copper and mica are so tight as a result of this process, that the segment pack behaves like a single piece of metal (picture a collector ring). It will grow symmetrically when heated, which then allows ICC to install the segment pack to the mica wrapped armature, with significant retained fit to the shaft.
3 of 5 - Shrink Ring Progress – this compressed segment pack has been installed to the armature shaft. Designed with complex tapers on the bore of the segment pack and the OD of the shaft, the unit retains all the required fit and is ready for the next steps. Of interest, GE and Westinghouse Steel Shrink Ring designs are very different, and require a whole different set of process steps and expertise.
4 of 5 - Cont. Shrink Ring Progress – Can you guess what RPM this 15” diameter commutator operates at? Like glassbound commutators, external steel shrink ring comm segment packs are retained on the OD (unlike v-ring comms which are held together internally). Forged steel rings need to be fully insulated from the copper, as well as installed with significant retained fit to ensure tightness which hold up under instantaneous acceleration and high rpm. This process is one of the most finicky of all, and requires years of experience to master.
5 of 5 - Finished
Isn’t she beautiful? This careful crafted steel shrink ring commutator will run at 6000 RPM, and our customer can be confident that it will be fully electrically and mechanically sound, thanks to the expertise of our talented people.
Slot perfection. The final step in the production process, slotting risers. Every solid riser commutator is slotted by hand to meet specific winder preferences. It takes a trained eye and a steady hand and many many hours of training to perfect this trade skill.
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