12 Dec 2023

AEMT Minimising Downtime Guide

In the fast-paced realm of industrial motor systems, unplanned downtime emerges as a formidable challenge, often inflicting substantial financial and reputational damage. The AEMT's comprehensive guide addresses this issue head-on, exploring effective strategies to minimise downtime risks. From meticulous installation practices to routine maintenance, this guide is an essential resource for professionals aiming to protect their operations against unexpected interruptions.

The guide highlights the following critical areas for minimising downtime:

  1. Installation

    • Foundation: Highlights the criticality of proper motor installation as a foundational step to minimise potential downtime.
    • Selection and Alignment: Advises on selecting a reputable supplier, choosing the appropriate motor for specific applications, and ensuring correct alignment and secure electrical connections.
  2. Routine Maintenance

    • Programme Design: Discusses the importance of a well-documented routine maintenance programme to prolong motor life and maintain efficiency.
    • Maintenance Tasks: Details various maintenance tasks categorised into short, medium, and long-term intervals, including cleaning, visual inspections, lubrication, and checking for signs of wear or damage.
  3. Spares, Options, and Storage

    • Spares Management: Addresses the significance of having a good stock of spares for minimising downtime and outlines considerations for effective spares management.
    • Storage Guidelines: Provides guidelines on proper storage of motors, focusing on maintaining a clean, dry, and stable environment to prevent damage to components like bearings.
  4. Total Cost of Ownership

    • Quality of Repairs: Emphasises the impact of high-standard repairs on the reliability and life of a motor, recommending adherence to BS EN IEC 60034-23:2019 standards.
    • Repair Standards: Covers aspects of the repair process, including maximum temperatures for burning off old windings, insulation grades, and tests to be carried out before and after repairs.
  5. Condition Monitoring

    • Proactive Approach: Presents condition monitoring as a crucial method to pre-empt downtime by identifying and addressing potential issues early.
    • Monitoring Techniques: Explains various monitoring techniques, including vibration and temperature analysis, to detect early warning signs of potential issues.
  6. Summary

    • Holistic Approach: Concludes with an emphasis on a holistic approach to minimising downtime, encompassing good installation practices, routine maintenance, managing spares, high-standard repairs, and implementing condition monitoring.

This guide serves as a vital tool for those in the electromechanical industry, offering practical advice and methods to reduce the risk of unplanned downtime, thereby enhancing operational efficiency and reliability.

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