Predictive Maintenance for Your Industrial Equipment

Everyone is familiar with preventive maintenance, the regular check-ups and service that keeps machinery operational. But our Predictive Maintenance program takes the idea a giant step further. Fact is, almost all machinery components give some type of warning prior to failure. With Qualitest® diagnostic procedures, we can find and identify these warning signs and anticipate problems before they become crises.

Implemented properly, Predictive Maintenance from Hi-Speed Industrial Service turns maintenance into an asset rather than an expense, something that contributes directly to your bottom line in return on investment, reduced maintenance, increased production, breakdown elimination and reduced downtime. A typical plant can save hundreds of thousands of dollars! Compared to breakdown and traditional preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance can provide you with ten times the cost savings.

Hi-Speed Industrial Service’s Qualitest® IR Infrared Thermography testing services help detect unseen problems in many types of industrial equipment. Many casualty insurers recommend periodic inspection of electrical systems. To that end, Qualitest® IR can safely and reliably detect abnormal conditions in electrical switchgear without de-energizing or shutdown. It can also find refractory and insulation problems in boilers and kilns, detect fluid leaks, and even find wet spots in roofing systems.

Regular periodic Vibration Analysis from Hi-Speed Industrial Service detects bad bearings, misalignment, loose belts and more that, if left unattended, can cost you dearly. And our Ultrasonic Leak Detection can find air, gas and steam leaks through which hundreds or even thousands of dollars are literally going up in smoke or down the drain. Get a level of both efficiency and productivity not possible before.

Predictive Maintenance Services

Predictive Maintenance

  • Program Setup
  • Development and Consulting
  • Single Maintenance Programs
  • Corporate Contract Programs

Vibration Analysis

  • Rotating Equipment Troubleshooting
  • Adbanced Field and Shop Balancing
  • Training Seminars

Infrared Thermography

  • Electrical Switchgear Surveys
  • Thermal Processing Equipment Evaluation
  • Insulation System
  • Refractory Condition Assessment

Equipment Alignment

  • Laser Based Shaft Alignment Services
  • Alignment Training
  • AEGIS® Shaft Voltage Testing

Historical Perspective

Over the last 50 years, the duties and responsibilities of the traditional “Maintenance Engineer” overseeing production equipment in a manufacturing facility has changed. No longer will a tool bag full of tools, a box of spare parts and a can of WD-40 solve all the world’s problems. Maintenance philosophy has evolved from “repair it when it breaks” to “know when it’s going to break.” Today’s maintenance professionals demand information that can help them properly manage their equipment and control when shutdowns occur, not react to them. How is this done? Meet the world of “Predictive Maintenance” (PdM).

Predictive Maintenance (PdM) is the practice of performing frequent data collection and testing of mechanical and electrical equipment in an effort to predict performance issues which will, if not-corrected, result in unscheduled interruption of production.

Unscheduled shutdowns can kill a plant, especially when they happen to a key piece of machinery. Think about it. One machine powering one process can shut down a whole line of production which, in turn, can create a domino effect within the rest of the plant. Unscheduled shutdowns like these can cost plants hundreds of thousands of dollars an hour.

Pratical Application

A Technician trains in the art and science of collecting and analyzing performance data on equipment within a plant and, if needed, recommending a corrective action. Technicians develop equipment “routes” which are performed weekly, monthly or at other intervals dictated by Plant Management. A PdM technician will visit the site, determine the equipment route and connect a laptop or equivalent to a data collector. The collector is attached to the machine itself to record a few seconds of performance data at various points on the machine. The data will tell the interpreter if there are irregularities in the machine’s performance such as irregular vibration, hot spots, electrical interference, and other issues. These issues undetected and unreported will result in performance issues and ultimate failures in the equipment.

Assuming a serious problem is not detected while on site, the data is collected on the full route of machinery and delivered to the office for download and interpretation. A physical report is then written and delivered to Plant Management who will review any recommendations and decide if next steps should be taken. If called upon, HI-Speed will correct the problem in the equipment detected in the analysis. Some solutions include: proper alignment, balancing, rebuild, replacement, lubrication, etc.

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