When an electric motor fails, a number of unforeseen setbacks will likely occur. Typically, there will be a slowdown in production or halt which will result in a loss of both money and time.
For these reasons, it is vital that you are comfortable working with your repair shop. But with so many choices, and most with the same offerings and services, how do you know which is ideal for your company?
Some Steps You Can Take To Minimize Downtime:
1. Define the problem
What happened? Did the motor fail suddenly or was there a series of problems over time? If the same problem has happened before with the same vendor over and over again, it is time to change companies.
2. Prepare specs:
The most efficient way to a proper repair estimate is to be prepared with a detailed spec of what type of motors you have, what you need to have done, and what else is happening in your facility. Specs enable you to clearly communicate to the vendor what they need in order to properly repair your motor.
3. Ask yourself these questions:
After you’ve put together the specs that detail the proper way to repair your motor, ask yourself:
+ Are your specs set up for short-term or long-term fixes?
+ Can the vendor actually repair to the specs you’ve given them?
+ Is repair cost-effective (versus buying new)?
+ Is your existing older motor actually better than a new one?
+ Are the repair methods right for the entire powertrain system?
+ Will the motor be inspected before it leaves the repair facility?
4. Involve a team
Your team can include representatives from maintenance, reliability, purchasing, engineering and management. By including representatives from a cross section of departments, there is a much better chance that the specs will reflect the total scope of what is needed for a proper repair.
5. Visit the facility
This is the only proper way to ensure that the vendor can do what they’re claiming. Don’t leave until every team member has had their questions answered.
Here at Applied Dynamics, we take a dynamic approach to repair. We take the overall system into account. Please contact us today for any questions you may have regarding our shop.