Everyone knows that performing preventive maintenance on your electric motors is critical to make sure that they continue to run smoothly and reduce the number and frequency of unplanned work stoppages due to equipment failure. But what sort of services should you perform each year?
A lot can be discovered by being physically near an electric motor. Information such as:
Electric motor vibration analysis is one of the most useful non-destructive motor tests that can be performed on a running electric motor. These tests can reveal problems such as:
An electric motor vibration analysis can discover problems very early on allowing you the opportunity to address them before they get worse and increase your overall maintenance and repair costs, increase your risk of equipment downtime, and reduce the life of your equipment overall.
These studies are another non-destructive test that can reveal problems early on before they become serious (and expensive) issues. Infrared thermographic studies are designed to find hot spots caused by defective connections or components allowing them to be repaired or replaced before they fail altogether resulting in unplanned downtime.
Your operating manual should have guidelines on how often your bearings require lubrication and how often the grease or lubricant needs to be replaced. Following these guidelines should reduce the number and frequency of bearing replacements.
Surge and Hipot testing are yet another non-destructive test designed to uncover insulation defects and weaknesses that result in current leaks. These tests also can result in lower repair or replacement costs and longer equipment life.
If you have the proper equipment you can do a lot of these tests yourself, but most of the time it is less expensive (and more convenient) to allow an electric motor service company handle it.
Tekwell Services has over 20 years of experience providing electric motor preventive maintenance services for all sizes of motors across a variety of industries. Our factory-trained service technicians know what to look for and how to fix it. If you’d like to sign up for our annual preventive maintenance program, give us a call (toll-free) at 1-888-984-4668 or fill out our quick solution form today.