Are you still struggling to find the resource to fully implement a world-class Preventive Maintenance (PM) program? You are not alone. Unfortunately, reactive maintenance is still the norm in many facilities. FEA can help! Our operations and maintenance experts have developed effective streamlined Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM) programs that incorporate the optimal mix of PM, Predictive Testing & Inspection (PT&I), scheduled inspections, and reactive maintenance to maximize the reliability and performance of building systems. PT&I methods use specific technologies (such as ultrasonic probes, vibration screening tools, laser alignment tools, and infrared cameras) to gather empirical data on equipment performance to identify when and what preventive maintenance should be done.
These technologies and methods can be integrated into the existing PM program at a relatively low cost and level of effort to optimize the program and maximize the reliability of critical systems. In some cases, a reduction in PM levels of effort by 15 to 20 percent is realized by eliminating unnecessary calendar-based tasks, or by reducing PM frequencies based on empirical condition data.
Some of today’s best facilities organizations are turning to FEA to help implement improved predictive testing technologies and processes to overcome this challenge. The implementation of a streamlined RCM maintenance philosophy by the inclusion of Predictive Testing & Inspection (PT&I) methods can effectively supplement a standard Preventive Maintenance (PM) program and reduce costs at the same time.
FEA can help you create a world-class facilities organization that makes use of PT&I technologies to gather and analyze data in order to optimize proactive maintenance. Specific PT&I methods that we have experience with and have proven to be effective within facilities include:
- Airborne/structure-borne Ultrasonic Testing
- Infrared Thermography (IRT)
- Vibration Screening and Analyses (Rotating Equipment)
- Lubrication Oil Analyses
- Laser Sheave and Shaft Alignment
- Water Chemistry Analysis
- Motor Circuit Analysis (MCA) Testing
While these technologies were at one time prohibitively expensive, advances in technology, and large numbers of suppliers have brought down purchase prices to dramatic levels. The investment for a recommended minimal set of PT&I equipment could be acquired for under $10,000, and some under $5,000.