Most motors are shipped dry because this
stops cross contamination of greases.
has either a Polly or a Molly base and the two dont get along. When they get
mixed they form an acid that will eat the races out of the bearings in 3 to 5
years. Since the motor company does not know what we use they put nothing in
there and the grease for shelf life is all you have. Pull the grease tubes and fill them full with
your grease then replace them and give the bearing a couple shots for startup.
Shaft Run Out Test
a Dial Indicator at the shaft and turn it over from key way to key way. If the
indicator moves more than .003 of an inch, DO NOT accept the motor. There is no
way you can align a machine when you start out with a shaft that is .003 out
Bench Vibration Test on Rebuilt Motors
should be provided on all larger motors. I like this because my Ultrasound
reads out on the same FFT scale and I like to compare them.
Proper Alignment and check for Soft foot
Bad alignment and soft foot is the second leading
cause of premature motor failure.
a coupler is broken open the machine should be re-aligned. Anytime a new or
rebuilt motor is installed it should be laser aligned to within .003 of an
Amp Draw Test--Before and after loading
do an amp draw test when a new or rebuilt motor is installed. This will be the
baseline to compare at a later date, if the machine starts to show problems.
need to know what it was drawing when it was new. Then we can compare when we
feel there is a problem. Bad or dragging bearings will raise the amp draw.
Without this baseline we have nothing to compare.
Always insist they bring the old bearings back from the shop.
them mark them to the junction box side on the outer race. One ding for
outboard end and two dings for inboard end.
will allow you to clean them and saw them in half so we can see what failed and
that may lead us to some changes to prevent future failures.
Send a tube of your grease with the motor to be rebuilt and insist
that the shop use your grease
cannot afford to be an experimental field for the shop, we have the right
grease and we need it in all motors.
Get a grease gun and paint it some wild color so everyone knows
that grease is for motors only
a good motor grease NOT an all purpose farm grease. This gun is for motors and motors ONLY and
no other grease goes in any motors.
Maintenance was again asked to speak at the December meeting of OPMUG (Oklahoma
Preventative Maintenance Users Group)
Chuck Peterson went to the
meeting and gave a presentation on the Marriage of Infrared and Ultrasound for
the purposes of Predictive Maintenance. The meeting was attended by maintenance
managers and personnel from all over the state of Oklahoma about 55 people
The presentation was at first
on the uses of Infrared Thermal Imaging and then on the uses of Ultrasound
detection. After these were both explain
Chuck gave a powerful presentation on how the two could be used together to
confirm a problem and make provisions to get the repairs performed.
There was documented proof of
uses that can save companies literally millions of dollars over time, with some
big bucks savings in the short time also. We are talking thousands of dollars
and the awesome thing about his presentation was he then showed us how this can
all be done for free.
If you hear or see that Chuck
is putting on this presentation I would most certainly advise you to attend it,
it will be well worth your time.
Chuck Peterson and one of the staff of Peterson Predictive Maintenance spent a week at the Boeing facility doing shaft to shaft laser alignment on 14 large machines.
These were the chiller feed water pumps and run an average of 100 horse power. Most of the machines had been aligned before but with time and vibration in the plant and the settling of the building and floor, they were all in need of being realigned.
We spent time and the effort to bring all of these machines to less than 1 thousandth from perfect dead zero. In fact there were several of them that actually came in at dead zero perfect.
The stress that was relieved on the inboard bearings of both the motors and the pumps will allow for them to run a long time with less wear on the machine.
We also greased them with ultrasound while we were there and it was amazing how awesome that works, no on should EVER over grease another bearing. Greasing with ultrasound is the only way to go.
If anyone has questions about this operation please do not hesitate to call we will help anywhere we can.
We were asked to come to this paper mill to set up base lines and do some training of there personnel. This being our first time in a pulp to paper mill we were a little hesitant but it proved to be an amazing experience.
The scope and the size of the machines was almost overwhelming it itself. We run electric motors that were 15,000 horse power the size of these was simple over the edge. The couplers from motor to refiner were as big as a lot of the motors we run here in the USA.
Chuck was there for two weeks and this was the most interesting two weeks of training and baseline setting that he has had for years. He set baselines on over 200 pumps and motors along with completing a plant wide air survey. This plant included approx. 7 buildings and all motors run from 100 to 1000 horse power except the 7 refiner motors. They were 15,000 horse power each and in fact Chuck found a problem with one of these motors and recommended it be pulled and sent in for repair. These motors cost about 1.2 million dollars each according to their maintenance men onsite.
We will be returning to this mill and making sure the data is being collected and the program is stable. We are looking forward to the challenges that might be presented with such enormous equipment, but we stand ready to accept and meet those challenges.
On August 7, 2012 I had an
occasion to meet Fernando Salvador at the Beaumont Reserve Fleet Headquarters
in BeaumontTexas to proceed with some training of the
fleet personnel in the applications and operations of Predictive Maintenance.
The training programs offered
were the Ultrasound Detection programs including bearing programs and
compressed gas programs. Also offered were the Infrared Thermal Imaging
programs that would include electrical and mechanical applications.
First a little bit about the
reserve fleet. These are a group of ships that are very much like fire engines.
There must maintain a state of readiness so that when they are called upon to
supply and sea going operation they must be able to respond. Not unlike the
fire department and their engines. When a house fire occurs those engines must
be ready to respond and this reserve fleet is very much in that same category.
When they are called to duty it is not a matter of can we go it is a matter of
we must be sea worthy and going in 24 hours.
This brings into play the
need for Predictive Maintenance, a situation where a failure would stop a
vessel from responding to the duty call is simply not and option, They Must Be
Ready To Respond on a very short notice at any time.
We completed 16 hours of
class room and hands on training in Ultrasound Detection and Infrared Thermal
The Ultrasound Training
covered the following applications;
Greasing and trending to predict failure, Listening to them as they are to
determine their condition
and Machine Diagnostics( Big diesel
Leaks.( Air leaks on deck and in wheel
This was a very quick over
view of just a few applications that this technology can be used for.
The Infrared Thermal Imaging
Training was Concentrated on the two following applications;
at all transformers and switch gear trying to find the heat from loose
connections and corrosion.
Hot motors and or hot bearings or
with the und we have on scratched the surface of the applications that these
two technologies can be used for.
were several findings that we feel would have cost several thousands of dollars
had we not been able to find or isolate the location of the problem.
of these was the Drive Diesel Engine.
Barbara Lois was on the way in and we were advised that they had one engine
down and were coming into port. We were asked if we could listen to the engine
to see if we could determine where the noise was coming from. I talked with the
mechanic and he told me it was a knocking sound that was very loud but hard to
figure exactly where it was. We used the Ultrasound to locate and Isolate the
noise to the location.
took reading all along the side of this engine at the head level. As we neared
the front end of this engine the noise got louder and louder the would
indicate where the problem was because it would be louder at that point.
checked all the heads and found the one that was making the most noise. This
would indicate that the problem was right here.
head cover was pulled and there was a broken valve spring lying in the oil reservoir
under that exact head cover.
is the opinion of the operators and the techs that this would have been a lot
more time consuming and expensive had we not been able to isolate the area of
the problem. Another finding on the Barbara Lois was several locations of air
leaks on the entire vessel. The main one that was found was under the shifter
in the wheel house. I believe this could be causing some problems with the
shifting of the gears and drives on this vessel. The air pressure needs to do
this shifting as it should be is escaping through leaks in connections and they
could never be heard with the ship in operation. We found these leaks while the
vessel was in operation and compressors were running.
is exactly the value of Predictive Maintenance. I only wish we could run all
the equipment while it was in full operation.
here I believe the next step is to acquire the equipment and then use it for a
few weeks after which I should return and train your people on the aspects and
advantages of setting up routes and trending bearings and equipment.
is very very important that we build this program with the structure that will allow it to develop and grow as your people
become more acquainted with the equipment and more skilled with using it.
most important thing is consistency with out that you can not trend or base any
educated decisions on the data that you are collecting. You must use the
equipment and trust what it is telling you. It is sometimes easier to ignore
the problem hoping that it will go away, IT
WILL NOT. Therefore the consistency and the trusting of the equipment is very
Cox Machine has come on board with Peterson Predictive
Maintenance and the program is up and running in the facility in Harper, Kansas and in Wichita,
Maintenance has set up the entire program at both facilities and they are
now setting the bar for excellence for all machine shops in the Wichita area.
All of the machines are now on the bearing program where we
use Ultrasound Detection to trend
all the bearings and are able to predict a failure in not only the spindles but
in all the support equipment too. The support equipment has proven to be the
most susceptible to failure, the coolant pumps and the Hydraulic pumps appear
to have more problems than the spindles unless of course operator error is
We also run Infrared
Thermal Imaging on all of their electrical switch gear and the control
panels on all machines. This will allow us to predict an electrical failure due
to bad connections or fuse clips that are to loose or corroded.
We also complete a total plant wide air leak survey; this is
where the Ultrasound Detection
really shines. We can hear air leaks in the facility that you can not feel. By
fixing all of these air leaks there is a documented savings of enough dollars
to pay for the entire program in both
We have also used Infrared
Thermal Imaging to pinpoint roof leaks and now they can be repaired because
we know exactly where the leak is.
Grain Harvest is here and some facilities are ready
Predictive Maintenance embarks on another large project. Grain
elevators before the wheat harvest gets here. We are in the process of
providing Infrared Thermal Imaging for approximately 75 grain elevators from
North Central Kansas to Nothern and Western Oklahoma.
This program isolates potential problems that could shut
down the facility durring the busiest time of the year. With the Infrared
Thermal Imaging we are able to see loose
wire connections and bad fuse clips
and hot disconnects that could
eventually short out and or melt down causing major damage to the electrical
system in the facility that could shut it down potentailly for the entire
We did in fact find several problems that were very near a real
problem. We found some temperatures that were very hot and in fact some were
approaching 500 degrees.
Durring the heigth of harvest when these machines are being
used the most and pushed the hardest of course that is when they will fail. No
one ever loses a motor when they dont need it, failure always happens when
you are pushing the hardest and need it the most.
THAT my friends is why we use Predictive Maintenance, we
need to predict these potential problems and repair the potential problem
before it becomes a real problem.
In the busiest time of harvest we can not afford to watch
the farmers drive by our facility to dump their grain at the competitions
facility because we are broke down that is loss of profits that we will not get
back it is just gone.
Another application to add the ever growing list of equipment that can be tested with Ultrasound Detection.
Last week we got a call form a major manufacturing company and they
were in somewhat of a panic mode. It seems that the Dry Pipe Fire Sprinkler System had developed a leak and the air in the system was leaking out allowing water to enter the piping inside the freezer area. The water in these lines froze and broke one of the lines. Then the water pressure allows the water to leak and spray all over the product that is really supposed to be protected by the properly working system.
We had them close the water off to the system and the fix the broken lines. After that was accomplished we then pulled one of the sprinkler heads and replaced it with an air pressure gauge. This way we could monitor the pressure in the lines. We then asked them to recharge the system with air. Once the system was recharged with air up to 40 PSI we checked the pressure gauge that we had installed and could see that the pressure was dropping indicating that there was still a leak somewhere. We then used the Ultraprobe 10000 to start checking around where the break had been repaired to be sure that there were no leaks in that area. Not finding a leak in this area confirmed that the broken lines were repaired properly.
Now we needed to concentrate our efforts on finding the leaks that caused the problems to start with. We went into the attic and checked all the lines above the ceiling for this entire system. Finding no leaks we then started concentrating our efforts on the sprinkler heads themselves.
We checked the lower heads first in the areas where there would be a chance of a sprinkler head being hit or damaged in someway. Finding no leaks there we continued into the freezer area where the ceilings were about 40 feet high. There were several sprinkler heads in this area and as soon as we directed the Ultraprobe 10000 toward the ceiling we could hear the distinct sound of air leaking from one of the heads. We then used the gross to fine method of elimination and found one head that was obviously leaking. We also noticed some damage to the ceiling in the area of this sprinkler head. It became apparent that a fork truck had hit the ceiling in this area and damaged the sprinkler head.
The air was drained form the system and the sprinkler head was replaced. Then the system was recharged with air and the pressure gauge that was installed showed that the system was now holding the desired pressure to keep the pipes dry and hold the water back.
This is a prime example of the maintenance men thinking outside of the box and using the new technologies that are available to find and fix tough problems. Without the use of the Ultrasound Detection this problem quite possibly would not have been found without replacing every sprinkler head in the system. This would have taken several days and left the entire facility completely unprotected from the fire suppression system for several days.
It is impossible to even estimate the amount of money that was saved in just maintenance men’s time alone let alone the possibility of a fire with the entire system out of service.
Peterson Predictive Maintenance Upgrades all Infrared Thermal Imaging Equipment.
In our on going effort to maintain the highest level and most advanced equipment Peterson Predictive Maintenance has replaced all of the Infrared
cameras in our equipment inventory with the new FLIR T-400 cameras. These new cameras give us even more resolution allowing us to provide even sharper and better reports than those of the Radio metric 500D cameras that we were using.
The new camera will allow us to check equipment to temperatures up to 600 degrees F with accuracy to .01C from up to 300 feet away. We also have invested in a higher grade FLIR T-400 that will allow tests to 1200 degrees F for the higher temperatures in oven and dryers that we have an occasion to test.
These new cameras come with an extensive software program that allows for more detailed analyzing and much better and more detailed reports. These cameras take the Infrared Image and the Digital Picture at the same time and will also take video with sound so we could actually see the change in equipment as it is heating up or cooling down. This could be very important as we get farther in to the Root Cause Failure Analysis.
They are much more user friendly and thus the technicians can take better and more accurate images for later analysis.
This is just one more step in the effort to deliver the best and most accurate results to our valued costumers.We provide them with the data and evidence to make informed decisions that could ultimately be make or break companies, or at the very least,most certainly have drastic effects on the bottom line.
Chuck Peterson Owner of Peterson Predictive Maintenance is proud to announce the addition of a new technician. The new kid on the block is Keaton Berger. Keaton comes to us from the Reno County Sheriffs Office where he was a deputy for 3 years.
Keaton is in the process of his field training and will soon be attending certification schools in both Infrared Thermal Imaging and Ultrasound Detection.
His Infrared training will be completed through Snell Infrared the leader in the field of training for all applications of Infrared Thermal Imaging.
Keaton will then attend an UltrasoundCertificationSchool at Golden Colorado in March of 2011. This certification will be from UE Systems the world recognized authority on Ultrasound Detection.
When Keaton has passed all the tests required for certification and has completed the field training required by Peterson Predictive Maintenance he will be based out of Wichita, Kansas.
Keaton will be living in Wichita with his future wife, Katie, and their two beautiful young daughters, Emma and Alexis.
This is just another step that we at Peterson Predictive Maintenance are taking to better enable us to provide the best Predictive Maintenance Programs in the world to our valued and growing list of satisfied costumers.
On October the17th the entire staff of Peterson Predictive Maintenance will all meet in WichitaKansas and board a flight to Cozumel Mexico. There we will be staying at the Hotel Cozumel Resort for 8 beautiful days and 7 glorious nights.
Del and Jarin and their lovely wives along with Chuck and Linda will enjoy the Cozumel hospitality for the rewards vacation that they all so richly deserve.
Peterson Predictive Maintenance is proud to provide this rewards trip for record setting sales and marketing for the last three years.
The little company that started on a dream with the help of crack marketing skills and the best and most knowledgeable technicians has set sales and scheduling records for each of the last three years.
We at Peterson Predictive Maintenance are looking forward to several more years of providing the most up to date and best technical advice that we can provide in the ever growing field of Predictive Maintenance.
We will all be back into the good old United States on October 24th ready to hit the ground running to provide all of our costumers with the best Predictive Maintenance available in the Central United States, or anywhere in the United States for that matter.
The Infrared Thermal Imaging will allow him to see things in the Electrical Switch Gear that we can not see with the human eye. By finding these problems before they get hot enough to melt down, a major and possibly castostrophic event can be predicted and measures taken to fix or eliminate the problem.
There are several examples in the Gallery Pages on this web page. Please feel free to look around.
Rod is also now working with Ultrasound Detection. this allows him to hear bad bearings and dry bearings long before they fail. Thus by proper lubrication and predited failure a unplanned facility shut down can be averted. Rod can trend the bearings and over time predict the failures long before we can hear them with the human ear.
Rod is also working with Ultrasound to detect compressed gas leaks that can not be heard without his specalized equipment.
Rod has now established world class Predictive Maintenance Programs at several Water Treatment Plants all along the front range.
If this sounds interesting please give Rod a call, he will be glad to visit with you about any aspect of Predictive Maintenance. You can contact him directly through the contact page on the web site or by going through the home office in Hutchinson, Kansas
Chuck Peterson (owner) of Peterson Predictive Maintenace has been doing alignments with reverse angle dial indicators for years but we have now purchased the equipment and are offering Laser Alignemnts on all sizes of machines.
This equipment will allow us to bring the shaft to shaft centerlines to within tenths of thousandths of each other. This takes stress off of the inboard bearings and allows the motor to turn more freely thus pulling less amps. By pulling less amps we are using less energy, in todays "green world" that can be a significant savings over several machines.
We also can now align belts (Pulley to Pulley) with Lasers without taking the belts off. This will save belts and pulleys by the belts pulling even and strait.
Contact us through the contact page and we will visit about what can be done to help in any situation.
On July 30, 2009 Chuck Peterson will be the key presenter in a webinar for UE Systems.
This presentation will discuss the use of Ultrasound on Electric Motor Bearings and other bearings to help find the route cause of a failure, to predict failure and to prevent lubrication related failures.
We will discuss;
Misalignment Soft foot Proper Lubrication Making a motor ready for service
Diagnosing Conditions on Electric Motor Bearings Using Ultrasound Technology
Thursday, July 30, 2009
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
System Requirements PC-based attendees Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista
Macintosh®-based attendees Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer
Peterson Predictive Maintenance staying ahead of the curve.
We have started placing data from our special clients Ultrasound tests and Infrared Scans in a storage place on the web page.
Anyone that wants reports placed in the special place can go to the web page and look in the lower left hand corner. There you will find a button that says Customer sign in. Simply click on that button and it send you to a page that you will need to fill out all the blanks. This is the steps that we took for security. If they are not filled out it will not send me the email of application so you will not be allowed in.
You must state the company you are with so I can give you access to those reports only. I will check the applications and if I do not know that you are truly a client of ours you will not be given access.
Each client will only have access to their individual data and they will not be able to even see any other company name let alone data.
At this time we have several larger companies uploaded and they are all very happy with the results. This will in time allow us to get your reports to you much sooner and obviously we will be more “Green” by killing less trees for the paper.
Chuck Peterson returned from speaking at the World Ultrasound Conference in Clearwater BeachFlorida. He was told by several people attending the conference that he completely stole the show.The presentation on mechanical Ultrasound as it applies to misalignment and greasing of motor bearings was very well received.
There were attendees from as far away as New Zealand and Australia to Singapore, and several people from all across the United States, Canada and South America.
The conference was sponsored by UE Systems the makers of the most advanced Ultrasound Equipment in service today. Gary Mohr and Alan Bandes two high ranking officials from UE Systems recorded the entire presentation and it will be showing on the UE Systems web page soon along with a webinar that Chuck was asked to participate in sometime in the near future.
Peterson Predictive Maintenance is honored to be singled out, among the best speakers in the world, for their knowledge and expertise in Ultrasound Detection and Infrared Thermal Imaging.
Working closely with Gary and Alan at UE Systems we will strive to maintain the highest level of expertise for all of our valued customers.
Once again Chuck Peterson has been honored with an invitation from UE Systems, the world leader in Ultrasound Detection Technology, to be a guest speaker at the World Ultrasound Top Gun Conference. Chuck was a guest speaker at this conference 2 years ago but has been asked back for another round of talks on the mechanical applications of Ultrasound Detection.
Chuck will speak on the advantages of using Ultrasound Detection for Predictive Maintenance in the areas of Electric Motors, All sorts of Bearings, and the use of Ultrasound to grease all of your rotating equipment.
It has been proven and documented that several thousands of dollars are lost every year due to improper lubrication. With this advancement in technology we can grease our bearings exactly right and never Under Grease or Over Grease a bearing again. This results in a savings hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in repairs and down for bearing replacement.
Peterson Predictive Maintenance of Hutchinson, Kansas is one of the leaders in Predictive Maintenance through the use of Ultrasound Detection and Infrared Thermal Imaging.
Peterson Predictive Maintenance starts with the city of Boulder Colorado.
The city of BoulderColorado is leading the world in the Green Effort and contracting Peterson Predictive Maintenance to start energy savings programs, that will save energy along with less unscheduled downtime, is a giant step towards that effort.
This will result in thousands of dollars in savings annually through energy savings, as well as planned maintenance.
Peterson Predictive Maintenance will start Infrared Thermal Imaging and Ultrasound Detection programs on the Hydro-Electric plants as well as the Water Treatment plants for a start.
This program will grow as Peterson Predictive Maintenance becomes more involved with the Green effort in the City of Boulder Colorado.
The City of Boulder Colorado should be commended for doing their part in the energy saving effort and they are certainly leading the way with this big step toward that effort.
For any farther information on these efforts feel free to contact any one of the following;
Forming of a Kansas Predictive Maintenance Users Group
Organizational Meeting Set In Wichita Kansas
Chuck Peterson and Del Metcalf will be meeting with Ken Peoples and Don Henry of Boeing IDS. We will be discussing the ground work for forming an organization in Kansas similar to the OPMUG organiztion that is doing so well in Oklahoma. This will be an organization that will organize and hold training meetings every other month to assist all employees of Kansas in all fields of Predictive Maintenance.
We will also try to lay the ground work for a spring semninar on Predictive Maintenace to which everyone will be invited. The dates and subjects will be announce at a later date..
Jarin Berger receives Level One Certification in Infrared Inspections and Ultrasound Detection.
Recently Jarin returned from Indianapolis where, after attending a week of class room and practical training, he passed in the top of the class and was Level One Certified in Infrared Thermal Imaging from The JohnSnellSchool of Infrared.
John Snell @ Snell Infrared is the leading source of education and expertise in the entire world.
Shortly after returning from Indianapolis Jarin was on the road again for his Ultrasound Detection Training. Jarin traveled to the USPS Training Center in Norman, Oklahoma where OPMUG (Oklahoma Predictive Maintenance Users Group) was hosting an Ultrasound Certification school in association with UE Systems.
Jarin attended this Ultrasound Training and again passed the Level One certification in the top of his class. The class was instructed by UE Systems the leader in Training and Manufacturing of all aspects of Ultrasound Detection.
This holds with the intention ofPetersonPredictive Maintenance to maintain our standards to the highest level possible in Training and Application of that training and providing the best service possible for our growing list of customers.
The Colorado office of Peterson Predictive Maintenance is now open and ready to assist Colorado businesses with their Predictive Maintenance programs. The Colorado Division is managed by Rod Peterson. (Contact information listed below) Rod is certified in Infrared Thermography as well as Airborne Ultrasound Detection. The Colorado office will continue the tradition of excellent service that has been provided by the Kansas office since 2001.
The new PPM office is located in Lafayette, Colorado with easy access to the Denver Metro area and the entire Front Range. The main focus of this location will be to assist the manufacturing and health industries with their maintenance programs, consisting mainly of infrared inspections of electrical systems, ultrasound surveys of compressed air and gas systems, and ultrasound inspections of critical bearings and equipment. The two technologies allow us to identify potential problems before they become emergencies thus enabling maintenance departments to schedule repairs and avoid downtime.
Peterson Predictive Maintenance only finds the problems and reports them to the head of the maintenance department, thus avoiding any conflict of interest. The maintenance department then prioritizes the repair list and either performs the necessary work or contracts with the appropriate service provider. PPM really can become a vital part of the organizations maintenance team.
The Colorado office will also be performing energy audits for homes and commercial buildings, including roof evaluations for large buildings. Please give Rod a call to see how Peterson Predictive Maintenance can assist you with your program.
Peterson Predictive Maintenance adds to the growing list of Grain Elevator Customers.
Peterson Predictive Maintenance recently completed an Infrared Thermal Imaging survey of 17 Grain Elevators in south central Nebraska. The addition of these elevators to the already established list will bring the number to over 100 grain elevators in 5 states that currently use our services.
Our highly trained staff has been able to catch several motor bearing before they fail. This saves big money in less unscheduled down time.
One of the biggest advantages is in the Infrared Inspection of Electrical Switch Gear. We have found loose connections with heat showing from less than 10° all the way up to well over 250°. In a grain elevator with the explosive nature of the dust this could create some real problems.
Not only is this a real safety savings but the down time during harvest that couldresult from a motor failure could be financially disastrous.
Peterson Predictive Maintenance has expanded its staff. Jarin Berger of Hutchinson, KS will be joining the crew as a Ultrasound and Infrared Technician. He will be covering the Kansas and Oklahoma area. The company hopes to increase its customer base as well as improve service to current customers.
Berger is set to attend classes to get his level one Ultrasound certification this month. Level one Infrared certification is set to follow in September in Indianapolis. Chuck Peterson, President and CEO of Peterson Predictive Maintenance says that he is excited to have Jarin on staff and looks forward to working with him for some time.
Peterson Predictive Maintenance specializes in predictive maintenance through use of Ultrasound and Infrared technologies. This service can save companies thousands to millions of dollars, which would generally be spent on routine repair/replacement or costs that may be incurred through the failure of equipment, which was not properly maintained. The company was started in 2001 by Chuck Peterson, and has grown considerably since.
Peterson Predictive Maintenance to Open in Colorado
The Peterson Predictive Maintenance presence has expanded across state lines with the opening
of the new Colorado franchise run by Rod Peterson. This new franchise promises to offer the
same cutting-edge infrared and ultrasound predictive maintenance services that the Kansas
location has offered for since 2001.
Rod recently returned from the UE Systems Level 1 Ultrasound course in Nashville Tennessee
where he passed at the top of his class and now is level I certified in Ultrasound detection.
Shortly after that, he went right into John Snell Infrared Thermal Imaging School at The
USPS Training Center in Norman Oklahoma. He also passed that one with high marks and is
now Level I certified in Infrared Thermal Imaging.
Rod lives in Lafayette Colorado with his wife, Chris, and has two children Josh, and Sarah
that live in the Boulder area not too far away.
Rod will be making contacts with the industries in the entire state of Colorado as soon as he
gets settled back in at home after his days away. Chuck Peterson, President of Peterson Predictive
Maintenance, will be assisting Rod with the set up and getting started in this new division of
Peterson Predictive Maintenance.
Chuck Peterson has co-written an article about Infrared and Ultrasound CbM Technologies featured on the UE Systems website.
Click Here to read it.
Be sure to check back for links to more articles from him.
Peterson Predictive Maintenance Gets a New Bearing on Bearings
Chuck Peterson and Sean Martchink attended a special school in Elmsford, New York, the home of
UE Systems Ultrasound Equipment, on September 18th-20th. The subjects of the classes were
Ultra Trend DMS data managing software and specialized training on the Spectralyzer program. Both programs pertain to bearing data and trending.
A bearing generally fails in one of four stages: inner race, outer race, ball pass frequency and cage failure (lock up). These stages do not necessarily always happen in the same order, but in most cases they are now able to determine which part of the bearing is in failure.
With the help of these two programs and the special training Sean and Chuck received in New York, Peterson Predictive Maintenance can now more effectively predict bearing failure and provide an educated estimate as to how long before failure occurs. They can also establish what part of the bearing is most likely to fail. This will assist in identifying the root cause of failure.
This newly-acquired ability is just one more step in the never-ending efforts of Peterson Predictive Maintenance to provide their customers with leading edge technologies that keep them ahead of the curve. For more information, contact Peterson Predictive Maintenance today.
Peterson Predictive Maintenance to Give Seminar at Hutchinson Hospital
Chuck Peterson, of Peterson Predictive Maintenance, will be at Hutchinson Hospital speaking to maintenance staff on Friday, August 24th from 8:00a.m. until noon.
The purpose of the seminar will be to teach the importance of predictive maintenance. He will touch on key points like how predictive maintenance can be significantly cheaper and more efficient than preventative maintenance.
On Wednesday, June 27, '07 from 9am
to 4pm, Peterson Predictive Maintenance will host a seminar at the WSU Hughes
Metropolitan Complex (5015 E. 29th St. North - 29th and Oliver
in Wichita, KS) presented by speakers Ken
Peoples and Chuck Peterson.
Ken Peoples, the Reliability Analyst & Maintenance
Manager with IDS-Boeing Wichita, will speak on "Understanding
and Implementing Predictive Maintenance Excellence".
Sean Martchink, who has been hired to head up the Wichita division of Peterson Predictive Maintenance will be in Tampa, Florida from March 12-16th. No, he�s not going for spring break. He�ll be attending
Infrared Certification School. The classes are instructed by John Snell, who has been involved in thermal imaging since the early 80�s, and is respected world-wide for his knowledge in the field.
The class will focus intensively on the use of Infrared technology in diagnosing energy loss before it becomes a problem and the cost efficiency that is yielded by that. The knowledge and skills that Martchink will obtain from these classes will add to his already extensive knowledge of machines and maintenance. Good luck, Sean.
PPM to provide training for the Predictive Maintenance Personnel at the Boeing IDS plant in Wichita
Peterson Predictive Maintenance has been contacted by
Ken Peoples, Plant Reliability Systems Analyst and Head of all Equipment Reliability programs for the
Boeing IDS (Integrated Defense Systems) Plant in Wichita Kansas. Ken has requested that
PPM spend a week with their people and help to set up ultrasound
bearing routes and well as ultrasound leak detection routes. We will be assisting them in the set up of the routes and training
them on their UE Systems Ultraprobe 10000.
We will also be assisting their Infrared Thermography
Group to properly implement and conduct a complete Infrared Thermography Survey of all the electrical equipment in
every building in the IDS Complex. We will use PPM's Infrared Cameras as well as assist in the training of
Boeing's employees in the operation of their own Infrared Cameras.
Some of the equipment that is on site includes air compressors as big as a small house, along with many precision CNC machines used to make parts. This program will be on the leading edge of a large scale cost savings program that
Boeing is in the process of implementing within the plant.
Ken Peoples is well known around the world for his advanced way of thinking
and for staying ahead of the curve. Ken has been guest speaker at world class conferences
across the globe. We feel very privileged to be mentioned in the same circle as Ken and we are honored to be of service to this fine very large scale facility.
This training will be conducted on site at the Boeing IDS facility March 19 to 23, 2007
Peterson Predictive Maintenance to Speak at Electric Motor Seminar
Peterson Predictive Maintenance has been
invited to be a speaker at the annual Motor Current Analysis and
Signature training seminars at Evans Enterprises in Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma on February 1, 2007.
Evans Enterprises is one of the largest electric motor
companies in the central United States. They repair and rebuild
electric motors from the smallest to the largest in the
industry. Their shop is rated for motors well above 22,000 horse
Peterson Predictive maintenance has grown
over the last 3 years to the point that we are opening our
Wichita Division to better enable us to serve our valued clients
in the Wichita/Sedgwick County area. PPM has chosen Sean
Martchink to start and head up this division.
Sean comes to us from a mechanical and maintenance oriented
background, having worked in maintenance for several years in
one facet or another. Though he has been in the preventative
maintenance field for some time, he now feels that he can better
serve his clients in a Predictive Maintenance fashion. With his
maintenance, mechanical, and electrical knowledge, Sean will be
a real asset to the business.
Sean will be certified in Ultrasound Detection in early
February and Infrared Thermal Imaging as
soon as certification classes are available. Though already very
familiar with these Predictive Maintenance technologies, PPM
will ensure his certification before going into the field. He
will be in charge of sales and service for the Wichita division
under the supervision of the owner of Peterson Predictive
Sean has lived
all his life in Wichita, Kansas and is a very dedicated and
customer service oriented person. He lives in Wichita with his
wife, who works in Wichita, and his 2 sons which attend the
Wichita Public Schools.
Peterson Predictive Maintenance specializes in the use of, Ultrasound Detection and Infrared Thermal Imaging, the
latest and the newest technologies for Predictive Maintenance.
We design and implement Predictive Maintenance programs for
major manufacturing plants all over the United States and
beyond. We use Ultrasound Detection and Infrared Thermal Imaging to
perform routine checks on bearings and switch gear to predict
potential problems thus saving a breakdown and several thousands
of dollars in downtime each year.
The Ultrasound Bearing Program will include collecting data on
all of their bearings and the lubrication of all motor and pump
bearings in the plant. All data will be downloaded to Abengoa
computers so they will have the ability to trend and predict the
potential failures before they occur. This will allow them to
schedule down time for repairs.
With the installment of these two Predictive Technologies, PPM
is putting Abengoa BioEnergy far ahead of the curve on
predictive maintenance in the central United States.
Abengoa Bioenergy is a subsidiary of Abengoa S.A., a company
which is headquartered in Sevilla, Spain.
PPM to Continue/Expand Services for Large Scale Grocer
PPM continues to provide Infrared Thermal Imaging and Ultrasound Detectionservices
to one of the largest supermarket companies in the central
United States. This includes new store openings, warehouses,
dairy and bakery departments.
Peterson Predictive Maintenance has recently entered into an agreement to
perform Infrared Thermal Imaging on
approximately 80 grain elevators located in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
As part of a large scale effort to ensure
safety and efficiency, PPM
will be working diligently and complete this task before the beginning
of harvest. This effort will bring all elevators into compliance with
insurance company requests.
PPM to Create/Maintain Bearing Greasing Program for Gas Plant
Peterson Predictive Maintenance has entered
into an Ultrasound Detection bearing
greasing program with a large gas plant in the area. PPM will
monitor all motors and pumps, advising when bearings are in need
of grease and exact amount required. This is accomplished by
greasing the bearings while monitoring with Ultrasound equipment. PPM has
contracted to provide this service quarterly for optimum plant
performance. For an example of this process, listen to the audio
sample of a
dry bearing being greased.
Argon and Air Leaks Costing $500K at Ag Manufacturing Plant
Peterson Predictive Maintenance was brought into a major agricultural
manufacturing plant recently to complete an
air leak survey by employing Ultrasound Detection.
Significant leaks were found in the compressed air system, but the
company’s argon leaks were of much greater concern.
An expensive industrial gas, argon costs approximately
$20 per 1000 cubic feet (compared to compressed air at about $0.20 for the
same quantity), so even a small leak can be very costly. The company’s argon
system was supplying 100 wire welding machines from a central source, but it
was also the source of the greatest potential savings – calculated at
By repairing the leaks detected by PPM in both their
compressed air and argon systems, potential savings were calculated at
around $500,000 annually. The total cost of the survey and services provided
by Peterson Predictive Maintenance was $3,500.
Founder of Peterson Predictive Maintenance to be Guest Speaker at UltrasoundWorld III "Top Gun" Conference
One of the stars of both the local and national predictive maintenance
community has been asked to shine on what is now a global level.
Chuck Peterson, founder of Peterson Predictive Maintenance, has been invited to
act as Guest Speaker at the UltrasoundWorld III "Top Gun" Conference in
Clearwater Beach, FL - from November 5-8.
Mr. Peterson's integration of both Infrared Thermal Imaging and Ultrasound Detection in the field of predictive maintenance is
the primary reason he has been asked to speak at this prestigious event. It
is because of this ability to think ahead of the curve and leverage these
technologies that Peterson Predictive Maintenance has been recognized as
an authority in this area of expertise. This "think outside the box"
approach in incorporating these technologies into the everyday workplace has
now begun to prove itself valuable on a world-wide level.
PPM has entered into a multi-year agreement for Infrared Thermal Imagingand Ultrasound Detection services
and the development of a world-class Predictive Maintenance Program for
one of the leading plastics industries in McPherson, Kansas.
Ultrasound Detection Ends Over-greasing at Paper Mill
Peterson Predictive Maintenance has launched a motor greasing program at a
major paper mill. The key to this program lies in the skill and
experience PPM provides with their Ultrasound Detection
equipment. By using ultrasound to determine the status of bearings, this
program will stop the potential over-greasing of motors. Unfortunately
common, the practice of regularly scheduled greasing regardless of need
results in costly repairs and unscheduled downtime. By applying grease
in the quantity and at the time when it is needed, such programs make it
possible to drastically prolong the working life of this equipment.
Infrared Thermal Imaging to Benefit Mining Locations
Peterson Predictive Maintenance provided Infrared Thermal Imaging
services to two of the world's largest silica mining and rock crushing
facilities. These services were employed to the benefit of four of the
largest mining locations in the central United States.
Peterson Predictive Maintenance Teams Up with LogicMaze.com to Announce Launch of New Company Website
Marking the next major stage in the company's rapid growth, Peterson
Predictive Maintenance has launched a new website with a fresh look and
streamlined user experience. Based out of Hutchinson, KS, PPM
specializes in Infrared Thermal Imaging and Ultrasound Detection for a
wide range of industries and applications. The new corporate website,
designed by LogicMaze.com, is geared towards education about predictive
maintenance and PPM's abilities to meet those needs.
At a smaller scale salt evaporation facility Peterson Predictive
Maintenance was called in to complete an
air leak survey. The cost of
the services for the survey was $1,200 while the potential savings
amounted to $10,000 annually. The repairs required would be at a minimal
cost to the facility as they all constitute simple leaks.
Exact Repair Predicted Saving Down Time, Repair Costs at Ethanol Plant
In a major ethanol producing facility Peterson Predictive Maintenance
discovered a bad bearing in a 100hp motor. The motor ran a circulating
pump that, if it failed, would shut down the plant. The end result,
considering down time and repair costs, was calculated as high as
$250,000. Because of the findings from PPM’s analysis by Ultrasound Detection,
this equipment was then scheduled for shut down and repair during a
regular maintenance downtime at a cost of approx. $3,000. Thus resulting
in a potential savings of approximately $250,000 had this machine been
allowed to run to failure.