• Preventive Maintenance: 10 Things to Ruin a Plan

    The best laid plans can go to waste because of the simplest things. Unfortunately, in many cases, the human element creates those simple mistakes. The planning behind a preventive maintenance program is thorough, many pieces of the puzzle, yet it takes only one thing to throw a monkey into the wrench. An article at RCM Blitz helps identify ten mistakes that cause a preventive maintenance program to go awry. Improvements in technology have not only automated a large percentage of today’s manufacturing equipment, but we can also use various tools, technologies and equipment to detect def
    27 Aug
  • Best Practices For Bearing Protection

    Regardless of how well a piece of equipment is designed, built, and properly used, a breakdown is inevitable. Electric motors are, unfortunately, excellent examples. There are a variety of reasons a motor fails, but bearings are usually the culprit. Adam Willwerth, from Electro Static Technology, presents a list of best practices for #BearingProtection. The Problem In processing plants, automated assembly lines, HVAC systems, and other equipment, motors driven by variable frequency drives (VFDs, also known as inverters) can save 30 percent or more in electricity costs. Unfortunately, V
    25 Aug
  • The Importance of High Voltage Equipment Testing and Repair

    There are always considerations for owning and operating a business, but this is especially true when the business makes use of high-voltage equipment. In order to ensure that the business is up and running at any given time and to reduce the possibility that injuries could occur, it is important to include routine high-voltage equipment testing and repair services. The following information provides you with some of the primary ways in which this testing may take place and with the reasons why you would want to do it regularly. Sustained Low-Frequency Tests - Although there is a wide va
    22 Aug
  • Boiler Room Safety is Nothing to Blow Off

    The use of steam to power equipment goes back to the Industrial Revolution. Although there are hundreds of years worth of experience, events still occur. As recently as 2008, nearly 12 people each year are killed from incidents directly related to a boiler room. There are several ways a boiler can cause injury, yet following safe procedures for maintenance and daily operation are seemingly safe enough. Our friends at American Trainco created this infographic to help illustrate some of those methods. Presented by Americantrainco.com For further consideration, the Wisconsin Commerce D
    20 Aug
  • Do Not Overlook Shaft Alignment

    In order for the operation of any rotating equipment to enjoy a long life and reliable operation, it is important for the shafts to be aligned properly. Proper shaft alignment is something that has long been known, but it is often an issue that is overlooked until it is too late, and damage has occurred. [caption id="attachment_57638" align="alignright" width="300"] Laser Shaft Alignment Testing completed by L&S Electric[/caption] The first thing that needs to be understood about shaft alignment is the fact that it typically requires more than simple machine adjustments which would a
    18 Aug
  • Maintenance Management Ideas to Prevent Disaster

    As John Steinbeck wrote, even the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. To the best of their ability, many very intelligent people makes emergency plans to use 'just in case.' However, excellent those plans are, mistakes happen, unexpected things occur, and equipment that shouldn't, breaks. Lisa Richards highlights the things that can go wrong and some ideas to overcome those situations before they become disastrous. It is every facility and maintenance manager’s nightmare: A breakdown in the maintenance plan (or its execution) causes a disaster of epic proportions. Whether
    15 Aug
  • Watts New? Our 1,000 Post!

    This blog started slowly on August 10, 2010 with our first post, "A Message to Our Valued Customers." Since then, working through growing pains, we've reached post 1,000 with this morning's post, "Maintenance Management Ideas to Prevent Disaster." The goal behind the creation of this blog was to give current our website visitors with a source of industry related news. Working towards that goal has provided us with a wonderful opportunity to learn about the many aspects of rotating equipment, such as electric motors, generators, centrifugal pumps, etc, and the various industries that depen
    15 Aug
  • Top five things that go wrong with electric motors

    According to the US Department of Energy, motor driven equipment accounts for 64% of the electricity consumed in the US industrial sector. Stating the obvious, that means there are a great number of electric motors in use every day in the USA. The higher the number, the greater amount of motor failures. Generally, there are a variety of ways electric motors fail. Jonathan Wilkins, writing at the EngineerLive website, presents the top five things that go wrong with electric motors. Excess Heat Dust and Contamination Power Supply Issues Humidity and Moisture Improper Lubricatio
    13 Aug
  • See You at the 2014 Farm Technology Expo!

    Welcome to Wisconsin Farm Technology Days 2014! August 12-14, 2014 The Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is the largest agricultural show in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the nation. The three-day outdoor event showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recent research findings and technological developments. Each year, it is held in a different Wisconsin county - on a different host family farm. Portage County is excited to be hosting the 2014 #FarmTechnologyDays! Portage County has diverse agriculture which provides 5,600 job
    11 Aug
  • High Voltage Cable Testing and Repair

    In a follow-up to Monday's post on cable testing, today I'd like to talk about high voltage cable testing and repair. The high voltage equipment used at your facility is often the lifeblood of your operation. In order to ensure that is up and running at any given time, a variety of testing may take place and, if necessary, repair is done in advance of any large issues occurring. Methods of High Voltage Cable Testing There are a number of high voltage cable testing methods for your equipment, including: Dielectric Testing - This type of high-voltage cable testing allows you to evaluate
    11 Aug