It’s no secret that rotating equipment such as pumps and motors are costly. Unfortunately, they are not immune to failure and thus, can break down unexpectedly when not taken care of properly. Hence, having regular electric motor overhaul procedures is imperative to eliminate risks and identify any potential issues before it arises.
Additionally, adopting a predictive maintenance system such as condition-based monitoring has become widely adapted that most companies and industries practise it. It’s a process which demands commitment and experience, which is why it’s best to leave tasks such as generator rewinding and whatnot to professionals with rich expertise.
Previously, we touched more about what condition monitoring is. Here, we’ll be expanding on how it benefits your company and your rotating equipment.
1. Prevent costly downtime and improve performance
An exceptional maintenance program helps identify an issue way before it happens – allowing you to devise a plan for repair works during the next shutdown period. Pumping capacity is maintained, which ensures efficient running of the equipment and a prolonged lifeline. It’s also good to keep a detailed report of the required repairs and preventive measures performed so that you can better diagnose problems which in turn, minimises future equipment downtime.
2. Reduce disruptions to regular operations
Adopting an ad-hoc maintenance approach while the equipment is running means that you wouldn’t be restricted to just performing checks only when the machines are halted. Adding on, being able to conduct frequent checks means reducing the possibility of equipment failures. This means that you’re increasing the reliability of the equipment while minimising overall time spent on maintenance.
3. Aids maintenance planning
Every maintenance practice should include monitorings of temperature, vibration, bearing lubrication, power readings, suction and delivery pressures. These data and figures can be inferred to help identify mechanical and hydraulic faults in its infancy stages. For the foundation of the maintenance plan, a predetermined level of internal wear can also be set when compared to test and commissioning data.
Other factors that should be recorded include an annual assessment of an equipment’s performance and any changes in benchmarks that were previously registered. Overall, these records help determine the level of maintenance that may be required to get the machinery operating at its best efficiency point.
4. Lower inventory stocking costs
Through assessments and figures, most machine parts can be ordered well in advance – which reduces inventory costs. Moreover, regular maintenance increases the lifespan of machinery while avoiding unplanned downtime.
And sometimes, when things are running smoothly without a glitch, it’s easy to overlook daily maintenance tasks like regular electrical generator repair, which is why we recommend seeking help from experts, just like us: Maintech Engineering & Supplies. With a wealth of experience, we would be able to come up with a routine schedule and contingency plan suited to your machinery. While such measures might be costly, it is minimally disruptive in the long run and can save cost on a piece of brand-new equipment.