Preventive maintenance is the best approach when it comes to ensuring higher uptimes, greater productivity and maximizing motor efficiency. Unscheduled downtime in plant operations can lead to loss of business and lower client confidence, therefore having preventive schemes in place can alleviate such issues, while extending the motor’s life.
Our personal lives are so much influenced by the latest happenings in the world of technology, that we often can’t wait to get out hands on the latest phones, devices & software, waiting up in queues if necessary. But the same can’t be said for our work environment, why?
Most companies are still bound to their old systems in one way or another, simply because of the principle, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”. It is high time that we understand that fixing something isn’t the only reason for an upgrade. Increasing the efficiency of a process, making it more productive & streamlined and reducing risk of injury are some solid milestones that can be achieved by upgrading a conventional system.
Pumping systems are widely used in a number of industries from mining to petroleum to manufacturing. These systems account for nearly 20% of the world’s energy used by electric motors! A minute dip in their efficiency can put great financial strain on the entire system and risk the machines’ life. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has published a comprehensive list of standards that can help assess the efficiency of pumping systems.
Manufacturing industries are always keen on controlling one of the biggest expenses associated with their businesses. Production managers are always under pressure to make sure that their space is managed in the most effective manner possible, and not even an inch of space gets wasted.
Outsourcing items not directly in your line of specialty can help ensure overall quality and reduce costs. But outsourcing is also the biggest possible vulnerability of an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). A single little item can hold up the whole large project if the outsourcing contractor defaults in timely delivery. And a single small outsourced item can ruin the project if it does not have the requisite quality. The smallest glitch in timing, or quality can irreparably damage the reputation of the most established OEM.
So, should we stop outsourcing? No; sometimes it is the wisest course. Outsourcing is necessary, but with due caution. The following are some important questions you must answer about your prospective outsourcing contractor.
Are you properly testing your motors?
The importance of motor insulation testing should not be pushed aside or neglected. Making sure the insulation around the motor is still working efficiently is just as important as checking motors and testing their performance. This insulation is susceptible to dirt, moisture, temperature, vapors, oil, and aging. However, if the insulation is not kept in good condition, it can cause motor failures, which is much more costly and damaging, then simply testing and taking care of the insulation itself.
Careless outsourcing can become an extreme weakness for an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Here are some common mistakes an OEM may commit while outsourcing.
In order to stay ahead in industry and to keep a company profitable, it is important to stay up to date with technology. Using the most efficient systems and products in manufacturing can help your company save money and save energy, which helps to not pollute the earth.
Preventative Maintenance: Part 2 of 2
Last week we considered the three core ingredients of any preventative maintenance program: time, talent, and tools. Yet even programs that achieve these building blocks may still decay and lapse into inefficiency. Many defunct preventative maintenance programs today are the ghosts of good practices from years before. Why?
Preventative Maintenance: Part 1 of 2
It doesn’t take much thought to imagine the benefits of a first class preventative maintenance system. Who doesn’t want minimal downtime, lower costs for repairs and spare parts, higher quality outputs, increased safety, and longer equipment lifespan? But in reality, maintenance falls into neglect with a “fix it when it breaks” mentality. That attitude seeps into any kind of application, from industrial control panels to OEM equipment, because it starts in the company’s culture.
While starting up a preventative maintenance program or whipping an existing routine into shape may feel like climbing a mountain, once pushed into motion, the program pays for itself. In Preventative Maintenance: Part 1, we'll cover some tips and common sense guidelines to get started on your preventative maintenance renaissance.