We are cognisant of the fact that solving compressor issues instantly is such an important contributor to customer success. We have since placed uptime at the heart of our compressor strategy across Southern Africa. Using digitalisation tools, such as our Real Time Monitoring technology, as one enabler of improving efficiency, we have an extended enterprise view to be even more proactive in the support of our cus-tomers.
An attached monitoring device on each compressor enables us to actively monitor machine running hours, as well as other crucial operational parameters. Connected machines hold huge potential as an enabler to streamline processes, monitor in real time, in order to respond to any issues instantly to maximise uptime.
In today’s operating environment, any unnecessary equipment downtime is money down the drain. Condition monitoring allows our service personnel to anticipate a potential compressor failure and take action accordingly. We believe it’s better to be down for a short scheduled time to replace a worn part than to have a failure that requires an unknown amount of downtime. Time is money, and the importance of fore-warning about potential mechanical failure on your compressor cannot be stressed enough.
We take the opportunity to conduct condition monitoring during major compressor services. An oil sample and vibration readings are taken at specific reference points on the compressor air end and motor. Oil samples are sent to condition monitoring specialist, WearCheck, where the oil is checked for integrity, as well as for microscopic particles.
We continuously have cases where potential machinery failure is detected early through condition monitoring, and corrective action is taken to remove the faulty part and either repair it or replace it. The old adage “forewarned is forearmed” springs to mind – if you know that a component is about to fail, you can then avoid the extremely costly unplanned downtime when it would have actually failed.