Hyundai Ideal Electric Co. is the market leader in power generators for gas, steam, hydro, and diesel engines, up to 50 MVA. Our product line includes all types of industrial switchgear and rotating equipment. Current capabilities range from standard 125 HP hermetic induction motors to customized 50,000 KVA water-cooled synchronous generators. Our generators can be found on all types of prime movers in installations around the world. Our motors are in use driving virtually every type of equipment in such diverse industries as petrochemical, paper, automotive, mining, and pharmaceuticals. Hyundai Ideal Electric Co. switchgear and controls are also at work in all of these same applications.
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- Energy - Hydro Power
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- Globally (various continents)
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Our present plant is located on a 29-acre site with over 280,000 sq. ft. under roof. Our test floor allows for complete testing of synchronous motors and generators in the vertical and horizontal configuration and full load testing of induction motors up to 8000 HP, at voltages from 480 volts to 13.8 kv and at 60Hz and 50 Hz.
Hyundai Ideal ships approximately 35% of its product overseas. Our equipment is manufactured in Mansfield, Ohio, and often has a U.S. content greater than 90%. The increase in international business, along with our commitment to excellence led the way to international ISO 9001 certification in 1996.
We are one of the few generator manufacturers designing and building our own switchgear, assuring a coordinated design and trouble free start-up. We are also the only U.S. manufacturer to supply space-saving generator-mounted epicyclic gears.
Our motor product line includes both induction and synchronous designs with ratings of 200 HP -22,000 HP. We provide custom designs and supply complete packages, including motor starters and controls.
We have the resources to handle almost any size project while still providing the personal attention customers appreciate.
Working With You to Meet Your Needs
- At Hyundai Ideal Electric Co., we have been working with our customers since 1903 to provide reliable and economical equipment designed to meet your special needs.
- But we have done more than just supply equipment. We have developed a reputation as well… a reputation for quality, versatility and flexibility.
- In short, we are a supplier you can count on to meet your needs.
The Ideal Electric Company was created in 1903 out of the Card Electric Company. At that time, the plant occupied 2500 square feet in a converted horse carriage shop.
Through the guidance of founder and first president, Glen Vinson, Ideal Electric grew steadily and consistently through the years. Ideal’s first product was a split frame motor developed for streetcars.
Pioneering Synchronous Motors and Generators
After World War I, Ideal pioneered two products for the electrical industry. The first was large, slow speed synchronous motors and generators. The second was the poly-phase capacitor induction motor.
During World War II, Ideal was an active supplier to the armed forces. Generator sets delivered to the Navy provided shipboard power for the EC-2 Liberty class ships, while Ideal motor-generator sets powered gun turrets on U.S. cruisers.
In the 1950’s, Ideal Electric led the move to brushless excitation of synchronous machines. Ideal Electric also developed both synchronous and induction motors for use with variable frequency drives.
A New Beginning
Due to Ideal’s success producing motors for compressors, they were acquired from the Vincent family by the Carrier Corporation in 1976.
United Technologies acquired Carrier in 1979, and as part of a restructuring, divested Ideal Electric.
In 1986, Michael Vucelic, along with 16 of Ideal’s employees led a management buyout of Ideal Electric.
Our growth necessitated the development of an engineering staff capable of designing and building products to suit the needs of an industry that is diversified and always seeking better performance.
Our present plant is located on a 29-acre site with over 280,000 sf under roof. Our product line now includes all types of industrial switchgear and rotating equipment.
In 2007, Ideal Electric was purchased by Hyundai Heavy Industries of Ulsan, South Korea. The rich tradition and commitment of Ideal carries on under the new moniker of Hyundai Ideal Electric Co.
Hyundai Ideal Electric Co. Today
Today, Hyundai Ideal Electric Co. is a market leader in made to order medium and high power motors and generators. HIEC serves a wide variety of markets including oil and gas, petrochemical, municipal, utility and the critical renewable energies markets for hydro and geothermal steam.
Hyundai Ideal Electric Co. ships approximately 35% of its product overseas. This figure is expected to rise as the need for rugged motors and generators increases around the world.
The increase in international business, along with our commitment to excellence led the way to international ISO 9001 certification in 1996.
Hyundai Ideal Electric Co. is one of the few generator manufacturers who builds their own switchgear and is the only U.S. manufacturer to supply space-saving generator-mounted epicyclic gears.
Our People Make the Difference
The Ideal tradition is carried forward by our 250 plus employees. Hyundai Ideal Electric Co. prides itself in having expert craftsmen. Some of our current workers have relatives who were with Ideal when the company was formed. The average employee has over 20 years’ experience with the company. This experience and pride results in excellent workmanship. These skills are complemented by an experienced custom design engineering staff.
The unique combination of engineering and manufacturing experience, developed over 100 years, assures high quality in every product.
Responding to Customer Needs
Customers have demanded, and will continue to demand, improvements in performance and quality of products. This is seen in the extensive amount of testing our customers require of their motor and generator suppliers before equipment ships. Hyundai Ideal Electric Co. has responded to that demand by utilizing a state-of-the-art test floor. Our test floor allows for the complete testing of synchronous motors and generators and full load testing of induction motors up to 8000 HP, at voltages from 480 V to 13.8 kV, and at 60 Hz and 50 Hz.
Each Unit Assembled and Tested
Each unit is completely assembled in our factory. The unit is then moved to the test floor, aligned and coupled to a driver. Electrical connections are made to all auxiliary items which will be monitored during the tests. The unit is then brought up to speed and all electrical and mechanical data is recorded on our state of the art Adre collection system.
Customer requirements such as balance and overspeed are conducted and completed before the unit is released for shipment.
Hyundai Ideal Electric Co. invites all of our customers to attend these tests, and has provided a customer’s viewing lounge overlooking the test bedplates.