What keeps you awake at night?

A maintenance engineer knows his plant. A change in the running note of a motor, a slight dip in the speed of a belt, and as often as not he will spot it.
A maintenance engineer knows his plant. A change in the running note of a motor, a slight dip in the speed of a belt, and as often as not he will spot it.
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We all know about condition monitoring, vibration analysis and thermal analysis as effective ways to keep an eye on your machines and be forewarned of anything going wrong. But sometimes ‘maintenance engineer monitoring’ can be almost as effective.

A maintenance engineer knows his plant. A change in the running note of a motor, a slight dip in the speed of a belt, and as often as not he will spot it. He also knows – usually at 2am on a sleepless night – which pieces of equipment are the ones which give him the most grief and the biggest worries: the critical parts most likely to fail, that maybe have no spare on-site due to budget restrictions, that could quickly lead to catastrophic downtime.

By carefully ‘monitoring’ the maintenance engineer – getting to know him and listening carefully to what he has to say, an experienced supplier will discover these critical plant items, and will be able to make all the preparations necessary to get them back up and running as quickly as possible if the nightmare becomes a reality.

Getting that right isn’t all about tools and parts. It’s also about the logistics of health and safety, for example.

When speed is the issue, what use is a trained engineer, even with a safety passport but who isn’t up-to-date on your site safety procedures and certifications meaning they can’t get access to the site for up to half a day because they have to be reassessed or trained? A well-organised supplier partner will ensure at least one engineer is always up-to-date, so that they are available to enter your site as and when required. this same well-organised partner will be well versed in preparation of method statements and risk assessments with a range of standard sets ready to be adjusted to suit the situation using the years of experience gained working on-site with permit requirements and safe working practices, so that work can start sooner and be carried out efficiently, with no time or effort wasted.

It also helps if your partner’s engineer is as experienced as your own. ERIKS’ repair service engineers, for example, have been making annual inspection visits to the same plants for decades, and have an archive of experience, photographs and reports dating back many years. As a result, it’s easy for them to assess how any pitting, cracking, spalling, or micro-pitting has developed since their last visit. Backed up by the more technical tools at their disposal – such as vibration analysis – this experience and know-how is indispensable in helping them to predict when you need to be taking preventive action, and what form that action should take.

The solution- and brand-neutrality of your supplier is also an important consideration.

If an engineer identifies a potential catastrophic failure, you need to know whether it is imminent or whether it can wait until your next planned shutdown. Either way, when the time comes for the shutdown and repair, replacement or re-engineering, you will need a supplier you can rely on absolutely to plan, prepare and then execute the job as quickly and efficiently as possible – and so effectively that you don’t face the same situation again for a very long time.

Able to offer the broadest range of options and the most comprehensive set of resources, ERIKS is a brand- and solution-neutral supplier, with the know-how, experience and understanding of your application that makes it easy for you to work with them. Providing impartial advice, high quality engineering capability, a massive parts resource and the ability to see the broader picture and therefore provide the most effective solution – whatever it might be – ERIKS can definitely help you to sleep better at night.

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