This is the predominant technology employed in condition monitoring to determine the condition of various mechanical components and hence be able to make a prediction on service life expectancy and urgency of repairs. It is a non-invasive technique which collects vibration data from machines under normal operating conditions. Vibration readings are typically taken at bearing locations following accepted industry practices and conventions. This raw waveform data is then transformed into a spectral format and analyzed with proprietary software which allows analysis to take place.
Through a continuous commitment to quality BSC strives to provide solutions for industry. Utilising our technical expertise we have developed comprehensive product training programs. For the engineer seeking assistance with selecting the appropriate materials or components, a distributor who wants to provide the best available advice and products to your customers, or a maintenance person interested in getting the maximum uptime and performance from your equipment, BSC can help. Our training program can be tailored to your audience and delivered at your site. Where no standard training program exists to address your needs, we have the experts who can tailor a program just for you.
Air leaks are one of the biggest contributors to needless costs in any industrial plant/facility. A leak is a costly drain on overall operating costs. State-of-the-art ultrasonic equipment is used to identify air leaks. The “Stop Leak” Process is the first step in continuous improvement. Every identifiable leak, including fittings, valves, flanges and hoses are tagged with a number, its location, severity and cost.
Specialist Installation Services
Did you know that only 10% of bearings reach their design service life in the real world! A major source of failure is incorrect handling and fitting procedures. BSC Engineering Services can provide supervision and assistance with bearing fitting, v-belt tensioning, coupling and roll alignments, and other installation work. Ensuring components are installed correctly to manufacturers specifications provides your site with the best opportunity of maximizing service life and reducing unnecessary down time and production losses.
For Asset Optimization. Predictive maintenance PdM aims to find measures of machinery condition and use them to prevent breakdowns. Establishing trends allow accurate pinpointing of machinery problems and their severity. Increasing up time on machines is the primary aim, while reduced likelihood of secondary failures and less unnecessary maintenance are additional benefits. Condition Monitoring is most frequently used as a Predictive or Condition-Based Maintenance technique. Condition Monitoring uses advanced technologies in order to determine equipment condition, and potentially predict failure.
Oil analysis is a cost effective method for determining the condition of existing lubricants and hence, predicting remaining service life. Programs can consist of either in-house or external testing which tests for four major indicators, base oil degradation, water content, presence of contaminants, and presence of iron particles. As an example, in food plants it is common to have water contamination of gearboxes as a result of daily high pressure washdowns. Even very small concentrations of water will lead to premature bearing and gear failure due to corrosion. Full spectrographical analysis by approved laboratories can be used to verify findings and for further investigation of oil condition which in turn, can be used as part of root cause failure analysis.
Mis-alignment in mechanical systems such as motor/pump assemblies is a major factor in increased wear and premature failures. Using traditional alignment techniques incorporating straight edges and dial indicators are extremely time consuming, subject to methodology errors, and physical limitations. Laser alignment techniques are both fast and accurate and reduce the potential for human error. Aligned equipment runs more smoothly, quietly and substantially increases component service life. Modern laser alignment systems are extremely accurate and easy to use with clear colour screens, step-by-step instructions, and colour pictorial displays.
Unbalanced fans, pumps and rotors place undue stresses and additional loads on bearings, motors and couplings substantially reducing component service life, and potentially causing a catastrophic failure which can damage surrounding equipment and harm employees. Often after major mechanical work on this type of equipment, re-balancing combined with alignment are required to ensure optimum operating efficiency. Onsite dynamic and static balancing is a service customers are requiring more frequently.
Consulting & Design
BSC can provide engineering consulting services for upgrades and new equipment designs. Utilizing the latest information and technology, we can provide optimized solutions to your designs for plant improvements. BSC engineers can design an entire machine or any component thereof; electric motor specification and motor bases, starters and variable speed drives, couplings, v-belt drives, gearboxes, bearing arrangements, i.e the entire drive design.
Energy Audit Service
Energy consumption can be reduced up to 40% by analysing inefficient and poorly designed drives and adopting good drive design practices. The path to becoming an environmentally sustainable manufacturer begins with understanding how much energy you currently use and how you can reduce that consumption. BSC is very active in the reduction of our customers’ carbon footprint via the BSC Energy Audit Service (EAS). The program focuses upon the meaningful reduction of energy consumption via power transmission and covers AC motor survey, analysis and upgrade recommendations to premium high efficiency super long life motors, gearbox analysis and upgrade, belt and chain drives analysis and upgrades, and the application of variable speed drives.”
Using a camera designed to capture heat energy in the infra-red (IR) spectrum, abnormal temperature conditions in machines and electrical devices can be identified. It is common for insurance companies to require 6-12 monthly external audits of all electrical panels. In mechanical systems an IR image can detect issues like bearings running at high temperatures which will then require further investigation as it can be due to a lack of lubrication, misalignment, etc.