When it comes to maintaining and lengthening the lifespan of your equipment, there are many ways to do so. From doing repairs, changing certain parts of your equipment to making a complete replacement – one can choose to do either once the state of the machinery is determined.
For cases where your generator is facing problems – generator overhauling can be done. Likewise, for an electric motor experiencing failure, electric motor rewinds by professional engineers are usually recommended.
However, it doesn’t mean that the go-to solution will always have to be either of those above. In fact, redesigning of one’s equipment can often salvage it and even maximise its efficiency.
What is it
Before you purchased your equipment, it was manufactured and designed in a way to help in the operation of your business. Typically, the manufacturer will have it match most expected conditions that are commonly found in the industry.
Whether it’s regarding the voltage that can be supplied or a speed faster than other equipment – the manufacturer will understand what needs to be done.
Unlike a repair where certain parts are fixed or a replacement where the entire equipment is deemed unfunctional, the objective of a redesign is to improve upon an original equipment’s design.
This usually involves enhancing machinery capabilities and productivity. The engineer will rebuild the product to match exact design specifications, continuing on to assemble, fabricate, retool and reverse engineer.
Measures that are taken
Constructing an enhanced version
The final product will be a much-improved version of the original equipment. Engineers will make sure to not only fix the existing problem but to also further improve it – making it more efficient than before.
Do a series of tests and checks
Basic diagnostic tests, performance tests, tests on damaged parts and other sorts of checks are done thoroughly to have a clear idea of the equipment’s condition. By doing this properly, the engineer will know what specific parts to focus on and which measures to take to create a refined version.
Data is taken down
After all the tests and changes have been to the machinery, the engineer will typically have this information taken down so the user understands what has been done – and also allow them to keep track of the equipment’s current state, performance and ability.
What to expect
Once you know what redesigning of your equipment is all about, you can look forward to these benefits when you decide to go for one:
- Increase in voltage power
- Better speed
- Improved horsepower
- Specific design improvements (e.g. improved wire insulation, lower volts per turn)
- Longer life expectancy and improved insulation
To prepare the engineer for the required changes, you should be aware of these questions beforehand and have these answered before engaging with an engineer:
- What is the original horsepower requirement?
- What is the equipment used for?
- What is the history of the equipment?
- What are the 3 phases of operating current and voltage of your equipment?
Truly understanding the condition of your equipment is important. You may need to go for an electric motor overhauling if necessary or if you have some specific design changes in mind for your motor – then you might want to consider a redesign instead.
At the end of the day, it is only by doing so that you’ll know which type of service to go for, so have the equipment assessed properly first before deciding on anything else.