EU Documents 1981 - 2010
Electric motors ratings increased to match the pump and compressors powers required by the worlds oil and petrochemical industries, and Brush made 10,000HP 3000rpm induction motors for a Dresser Rand compressor project, which were the largest in the world at that time.
Slow speed driven generators were being supplied to be driven by reciprocating engines and hydro electric turbines, and medium speed generators for geared gas and steam turbine drivers. Brush salient pole generators were redesigned to address serious competition from overseas and all motor and generator products were extensively promoted in exhibits and conferences worlwide. The Hawker Siddely group tagline "Power Worldwide" was used by Brush as a headline lead.
Another new opportunity arose for the 2 pole generator product when the oil and gas industry decided that a faster installation time and lighter assemblies would be an advantage on offshore production platforms and the industrial aero-engined power plant was developed. Aero gas turbines had already been used to drive large compressors. Each of the major aero-engine manufacturers (GE, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce) competed for the new requirement. Brush became a primary supplier to this type of package which was adapted for peaking power production and power generation applications wherever clean gas and liquid fuels were available.
1993 - After a bumper year supplying generators to the Stewart & Stevenson Aero Engine gas turbine factory in Houston, Brush served over 500 S&S staff with steak pie and chips, plus mushy peas, in the S&S plant "tear down shed". A presentation and declaration was made marking many notable Firsts in the special relationship. Brush and S&S executive jointly manned the serving lines to assist in the successful hospitality event.
At the end of the 1990's a very substantial uptick in sales of gas turbine driven generators occurred, principally in North America which history has called the "American Power Bubble". Brush production of 2 pole generators was stepped up from the approx 60-80 units per annum to 150 unit and higher. New owners FKI Engineering recognized the growth opportunities and purchased two similar companies, Holec Machinery Apparatus (HMA) in The Netherlands and Skoda Electric Machinery (SEM) in Czech Republic. Manufacture of slower speed generators for engine drive and hydro turbine drive were stopped, and high speed salient pole generator manufacture was concentrated into the HMA Netherlands plant.
Both HMA and SEM were re-organized to manufacture the Brush DAX design of 2 pole generators. During one year over 220 2 pole generators were manufactured.
The Brush range of electric motor production was transferred to sister FKI company Laurence Scott in Norwich UK.