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I see 4 splices in this air hose. Let’s think about this for a second.

4 Quick Connect Couplers        $8.00 each                      $32.00

8 threaded hose ends                $2.00 each                      $16.00

Time 1 hour per splice(4)          $15.00 per hour              $60.00


Total cost                                                                       $108.00


We lose 4-man hours of production time plus the cost of parts; this costs a total of $108.00 for repairs. Why don’t we just replace the entire hose for around $20 to $30 dollars and let’s move on.

Sometimes in the world of production at all costs we lose sight of the smaller things that can in time cost a lot of money. This $70 or $80 does not seem like so much but when these couplers start leaking and the air losses start to really rise the costs go right along with them.

Compressed air costs $.36 per thousand cubic foot, one quick coupler leaking all year long can cost up to $750 a year. In this picture we just put in four places to start leaking and we did it the expensive way.

This is just one way to look at things from a predictive Maintenance point of view.




The importance of leak survey rechecks

The single most important element in a leak survey is fixing the leaks then pulling the tags so that they can be entered into the software as being fixed.

Here is an example of a leak that was fixed but the tag was not pulled or entered into the program as fixed.  This leak remains in the program as an unfixed leak costing an estimated $2,005.00 a year.

In the recheck we go completely through the plant a second time a few weeks later and try to find leaks. We will find new leaks and we will see tags that have not been pulled indicating that leak has not been fixed.  If we check at that tag and find no leak that indicates that the leaks were fixed and the tag not pulled and entered into the leak program, therefore no credit for the fix. Not pulling even one tag can make thousands of dollars difference.

Here is an example of a leak that was not fixed.  It was retagged and placed on the recheck roster.

The tags should be pulled and delivered to the program director so that they can be entered as fixed. This will take them off of the cost factor and add them to the avoidance factor and add to the percentage of leaks fixed.

This is the only way we have of showing that the cost avoidance factors.

If tags are not pulled and entered into the software as fixed, then there is no record of the leak being fixed.

Here is the total from the initial leak survey preformed in February 2021.  The total estimated cost in leaks was $1,362,142.00 a year.  A recheck was preformed in July 2021 The total estimated cost of leaks after some were fixed and a few new ones were found is $426,194.00 a year.

Fixing leaks in this facility in a six month time period shows an estimated cost avoidance of $935,948.00 a year.

This is reason leak survey rechecks are important !!!!


Southwest Medical Center is taking a big step
Southwest Medical Center is enetering the world of Condition Based Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance



This week Southwest Medical Center is taking a big step into a world class CBM (condition Based Monitoring) program.

This program will be setup by Chuck Peterson Predictive Maintenance and will include the following;

Infrared Thermal Imaging  (Electrical Switch Gear)

Air borne Ultrasound. (Compressed Gas Leaks)

Structure Borne Ultrasound  (Bearings, Alignment, and Motor greasing)

They have over 100 motors in their facility this program will allow us to keep track and trend any changes in the workings of the machinery. It will allow for proper greasing and not over greasing. It will let us know if machines are properly aligned. (Shaft to Shaft).

This program will start showing a real dollar savings on day one by allowing us the chance to fix a problem before it breaks, and by finding Medical Air Leaks through out the facility.

Medical Air, Nitrogen, Helium, and just plain compressed air are all very expensive.

Now the kicker, Chuck will show how this entire program can be installed and run, basically, for FREE



Peterson Predictive Maintenance asked to speak at Conference
Speaker at Conference
Kansas Health Engineers State Conference

Peterson Predictive Maintenance has been asked and given the honor of speaking on September 18, 2019, at the Annual Kansas Health Engineers annual conference in Manhattan Ks.

This is a very knowledgeable group and they are eager to learn ways they can attain a higher level of predictive maintenance, that will also cut down tremendously on the unscheduled down time.

Chuck Peterson, Owner of Peterson Predictive Maintenance will be the speaker and he will touch on the following topics.

Infrared Thermal Imaging

Airborne Ultrasound  (compressed gas leaks)

Structure born Ultrasound  (bearings )

He will then explain how all of these technologies working together will save $$$$$$$

Ultrasound and Condition Based Monitoring
Greasing and Trending Bearings

Ultrasound Detection

Mechanical equipment produces a “normal” sound signature when operating effectively. As components begin to fail, a change in the original sonic signature occurs. Using ultrasound detection, this change can be noted as a shift in intensity or change in sound quality – heard through headphones and recorded for further analysis.

Ultrasound also has huge benefits in condition-based lubrication programs for bearings. Contrary to a time – based schedule, bearings are regularly tested and lubricated precisely when and to what extent they need. This saves both time and money, while eliminating detrimental over lubrication.

For more information or to schedule an appointment give Chuck a call at Peterson Predictive Maintenance at 620-727-1347




Peterson Predictive Maintenance
Company Update

Peterson Predictive Maintenance has gone through a company reorganization. There have been many changes and we wanted to update everyone.


As of January 1, 2018

The Colorado office has been closed. The Wichita office will continue to service the Colorado area.

Rod Peterson is no longer a part of Peterson Predictive Maintenance.

Del Metcalf is no longer with Peterson Predictive Maintenance as he has decided to dedicate more time to fishing.

Jarin Berger is no longer with Peterson Predictive Maintenance as he has chosen to pursue other interests.

We wish them all the best.


In order to maintain the high standards of service that Peterson Predictive Maintenance provides Chuck Peterson will be handling all the technical field work until further notice.

Infrared Thermal Imaging
Large Sand Dryers

Peterson Predictive Maintenance was called to a location that had questions about a large volume sand dryer. The problem was that this type of dryer had failed in the past and this new one was showing signs of over heating in the same areas as the prior dryer failure.

We were called to check it with our Infrared Thermal Imager to see if we could pin point the possible problem. We looked the burner over and discovered that at the transition into the dryer drum, it appeared that there was direct flame impingement on the refractory cause it to heat and start to peel.

The image below shows t temperature at the transition when we first checked it. Notice the spot is at 126°.

As you can see the heat is directly after the transition starts. That spot in the images is a thermo couple. It was showing 1800° inside this dryer.

This is where the failure occurred in the older dryer and is the major point of concern in this new one.

About two months later we were called back to this facility to check this burner again. They advised that one of the operators went buy the dryer at night and seen that it was glowing form heat in the area of concern.

We were called and immediately responded to check this dryer again. The image below shows the same transition that the first image shows.

It appears that the heat is having an effect on the refractory inside this transition. The little spots that we see are the connectors holding the refractory in place. The larger spots (278°) are where it appears the refractory is possibly failing.

These two images were taken of the same dryer at the same place running at Idle, as we can readily see the second image shows a lot more heat.

This brings in the question;

Is this possibly a failure that is happening over time because of the direct flame impingement on this transition? If so then we need to change the transition so that this cannot happen.

Bad Pump Bearings
Ultrasound Detection

Mechanical equipment produces a “normal” sound signature when operating effectively. As components begin to fail, a change in the original sonic signature occurs. Using ultrasound detection, this change can be noted as a shift in intensity or change in sound quality heard through headphones and recorded for further analysis.

Ultrasound also has huge benefits in condition-based lubrication programs for bearings. Contrary to a time based schedule, bearings are regularly tested and lubricated precisely when and to what extent they need. This saves both time and money, while eliminating detrimental over lubrication.

It is that time of year
Infrared Thermal Inspections

It is that time of year again!

It is time to get your infrared inspection completed before harvest, to help avoid unscheduled downtime.

An infrared inspection includes, checking the head pulleys and tail pulleys on the legs and conveyors, fans, and dust collection systems.

Most important we check all the electrical switch gear for the above listed equipment for loose wires and/or bad connections.
We, at Peterson Predictive Maintenance have been very busy doing infrared inspection all over western Kansas, Oklahoma, and Southeastern Colorado.

As a bonus, an infrared inspection reported to your insurance company can result in reduced rates.

To schedule an inspection or for any question regarding grain elevators or any other infrared inspection please give us a call @ 620-727-1347

Cost Savings

Ultrasound leak detection covers a wide range of leaks: pressure or vacuum and any gas. Sound dependent, ultrasound instruments detect the turbulent flow produced as the fluid (liquid or gas) moves from the high-pressure side to the low-pressure side of a leak. Ultrasound leak inspection is especially beneficial in areas where there is a saturation of gases or where a wide variety of gases, pressurized vessels and vacuum processes exist. For this reason, ultrasound leak detection is used in many facilities for safety, environmental, energy or quality assurance programs.

We provide Ultrasound Leak Detection surveys to identify the compressed air or gas leaks at your facility. The survey includes detailed reporting to help you repair each leak, which will save thousands of dollars each year in energy consumption

Energy conservation and cost savings Ultrasound surveys identify compressed air leaks, failed or failing steam traps and process gas leaks with precise location and quantifiable numbers. Identifying these leaks or failed steam traps will allow for the creation of detailed reports that show cost avoidance. Just one quick coupler leak at 100psi, assuming a cost factor of $0.36 per 1000 cubic feet, can cost as much as $750.00 a year. The energy conservation and cost savings potential make this a very attractive service.

A trained ultrasound technician from Peterson Predictive Maintenance will scan areas where compressed air or process gas is present with a device that is sensitive only to a high frequency range. This allows for ambient noise to be filtered out so the primary focus is on the sound created by compressed gas or air leaks. Once a leak has been identified, the amplitude of the leak is recorded by the device and is combined with the system pressure, the cost of energy and the type of gas being surveyed. These are detailed in the report with a cumulative total of the amount of dollars lost annually as a result of those leaks.

Please give us a call at Peterson Predictive Maintenance to schedule your leak survey.

Peterson Predictive Maintenance
Compressed Gas leaks are robbing you blind.

If I had 15 minutes of your time and I could show you how to save from 5 to 50 thousand dollars and it would not cost you a dime, would you have time to listen.

Using Ultrasound, we can find compressed gas leaks that you cannot hear or feel.

Compressed air is the most expensive commodity that you have in your facility.

The US Dept. of Energy shows that compressed air costs an average of 33 cents per 1000 cubic feet of loss. At that rate it does not take very long to run up a big total air loss bill.

One quick connect coupler leaking for a year, as many of them do, costs between $500 and $750 dollars per year. Now take that time 10 leaking couplers and you see we are at $5000 to $7500 per year fast.

This is only the couplers in your plant that are leaking now. If we do a comprehensive leak survey, we will find tubing leaks, piping leaks, valve leaks, connecter leaks, and several other types of leaks.

We have seen these leaks run into the 10s of thousands of dollars very very fast.

Now this is only for air. Thinks about Argon. The leaks there are 5 times as expensive because of course the cost of Argon. We can check for any compressed gas and give you the estimated loss amounts both in Cubic Feet per Minute and in dollars and cents.

Flat Roofs Leaking Problems
The rainy season is here

As summer begins, so does roof maintenance season. Infrared roof moisture surveys provide vital information for the long-term maintenance of flat roofs. With a national average life of only seven years, flat roofs are a building’s most expensive component.

Once a roof starts leaking, the roof assembly absorbs water, especially in the insulation layer. For all practical purposes, wet insulation never dries. In fact, the trapped moisture can quickly degrade the roof, causing rust on metal decks and fasteners, insulating value reduction and membrane decay.

When the roof develops a leak — and even the best can — infrared surveys locate trapped water. Because the leak is typically found within the boundary of the wet insulation, the wet area is marked for removal and repair. This keeps the roof in dry condition, minimizing roof degradation and extending roof life.

How do you find wet insulation below the roof surface? When the surface is dry, including any gravel or ballast, a sunny day warms the entire roof. Early in the evening, if the sky is clear, the roof begins to cool down by radiation. Because of its higher thermal capacity, the wet insulation stays warmer longer than the dry insulation and is visible in the infrared tool’s imager.

Peterson Predictive Maintenance has the knowledge and the equipment to provide this service an at a very reasonable rate.

Grain Elevator Inspections.
Its that time of year again.

With harvest approaching, its time to start checking grain elevators bad electrical wiring connections and/or hot bearings. We do infrared inspections of all electrical switch gear.

hydrogen boiler infrared thermal imaging hydrogen boiler visible light

WHAT THE CAMERA SEES !!!                                               WHAT OUR EYES SEE !!!!!
We also do infrared inspections on head pulley and tail pulley for legs and conveyors. Also included are fan bearing and dust collection systems.

hydrogen boiler infrared thermal imaging hydrogen boiler visible light

WHAT THE CAMERA SEES !!!!                                               WHAT OUR EYES SEE !!!!!
For any questions regarding grain elevators or any other infrared inspections please give us a call at Peterson Predictive Maintenance.

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New or Rebuilt Motors
Making a New or Rebuilt Motor Ready for Service.

Pull The Grease Tubes and Verify Grease

Most motors are shipped dry because this stops cross contamination of greases.

Grease has either a Polly or a Molly base and the two don’t 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

Place 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 already.

Bench Vibration Test on Rebuilt Motors

This 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.

Anytime 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 inch.

Amp Draw Test–Before and after loading

Always 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.

We 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.

Have them mark them to the junction box side on the outer race. One ding for outboard end and two dings for inboard end.

This 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, We 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, Use 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.

The Marriage of Ultrasound and Infrared
Peterson speaks at OPMUG

Peterson Predictive 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 attended.

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.

Peterson Predictive Maintenance
Boeing-St Louis

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.

Chetwynd, British Columbia, Canada
Pulp to Paper Mills in Canada

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.

Installing Predictive Maintenance programs
Reserve Fleet at the Ready

On August 7, 2012 I had an occasion to meet Fernando Salvador at the Beaumont Reserve Fleet Headquarters in Beaumont Texas 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 Imaging.

The Ultrasound Training covered the following applications;

  1. Bearings Greasing and trending to predict failure, Listening to them as they are to determine their condition
  2. Trouble shooting and Machine Diagnostics ( Big diesel engine)
  3. Compressed Gas Leaks. ( Air leaks on deck and in wheel house)

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;

  1. Electrical Switch gear. Looking at all transformers and switch gear trying to find the heat from loose connections and corrosion.
  2. Mechanical Problems. Hot motors and or hot bearings or misalignment.

As with the und we have on scratched the surface of the applications that these two technologies can be used for.

There 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.

One of these was the Drive Diesel Engine.

The 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.

We 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.

We checked all the heads and found the one that was making the most noise. This would indicate that the problem was right here.

The head cover was pulled and there was a broken valve spring lying in the oil reservoir under that exact head cover.

It 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.

This is exactly the value of Predictive Maintenance. I only wish we could run all the equipment while it was in full operation.

From 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.

It 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.

The 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 important.

Predictive Maintenance a Priority
Cox Machine setting the bar high for Wichita

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, Kansas.

Peterson Predictive 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 involved.

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 facilities.

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.

Infrared Thermal Imaging in Grain Elevators
Grain Harvest is here and some facilities are ready

Peterson 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 Northern and Western Oklahoma.

This program isolates potential problems that could shut down the facility during 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 potentially for the entire harvest.

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.

During the height 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 don’t 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.

Dry Pipe Fire Sprinkler Systems
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 and time alone let alone the possibility of a fire with the entire system out of service.

Replaced all Infrared Camera with New FLIR T-400s
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.

Equipment Leasing Now Available
PPM Now Leases Ultrasound and Infrared Equipment

Peterson Predictive Maintenance is both happy and proud to announce they we have entered into a new realm of predictive maintenance. We are now leasing equipment to companies for use with a predictive maintenance program that will set the standards for Predictive Maintenance for years to come.

We are now leasing UE Systems Ultraprobe 10000s and FLIR T-400 Infrared cameras to companies wishing to enter the field of Predictive Maintenance. These pieces of equipment along with the proper training, which we can provide, will be the biggest step any company can take when they are trying to get a hold on maintenance costs and unscheduled down time as they effect the bottom line. With Ultrasound Detection and Infrared Thermal Imaging you will have available to you the two top technologies in the field today.

Never over grease another bearing, save thousands of dollars in compressed air leaks. Never have another Mcc problem with loose connections or bad fuse clips melting down. Detect and confirm shaft to shaft misalignment.

These technologies can hear or see the impending problem while it is small and it can be repaired or replaced on scheduled time instead of emergency repairs which are never permanent or are they the safe way to do things.

For more information on this exciting new endeavor please feel free to call Chuck or any one of the staff for more information.

The new Kid on the block
PPM adds a new technician

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 Ultrasound Certification School 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.

We are all going To Cozumel Mexico
Peterson Predictive Maintenace Staff Vacation

On October the 17th the entire staff of Peterson Predictive Maintenance will all meet in Wichita Kansas 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.

Rod has things up and running
Peterson Predictive Maintenance of Colorado

Rod has things up and running in Colorado. Several contacts have been made with various different industries.

Rod is now taking appointments for all sorts of Predictive Maintenance areas. He is completing surveys in Infrared Thermal Imaging and Ultrasound Detection.

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 catastrophic 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 predicted 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 specialized 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

Precision Laser Alignment
Peterson Predictive Maintenance enters new field

Peterson Predictive Maintenace is proud to announce that we are now offering Precision Laser Alignment as a service.

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.

Chuck Speaks in Webinar for UE Systems
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:

  1. Misalignment
  2. Soft foot
  3. Proper Lubrication
  4. Making a motor ready for service

Title: Diagnosing Conditions on Electric Motor Bearings Using Ultrasound Technology
Date: Thursday, July 30, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

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

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

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.

World Ultrasound Conference
Chuck Peterson Steels the Show

Chuck Peterson returned from speaking at the World Ultrasound Conference in Clearwater Beach Florida. 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.

World Ultrasound Top Gun Conference
Chuck Peterson to Speak at World Conf.

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.

Leading the Green Effort
Peterson Predictive Maintenance starts with the city of Boulder Colorado.

The city of Boulder Colorado 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;

Rod Peterson

2540 Lexington

Lafayette, Colorado 80026



Chuck Peterson

512 Columbia Drive

Hutchinson, Kansas

620-727-1347 67502

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 Level One Certified
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 John Snell School 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 of PetersonPredictive 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.

Colorado Office Open and Ready for Business
Peterson Predictive Maintenance Expands

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 of Colorado

Rod Peterson

2540 Lexington Street

Lafayette, CO 80026


Grain Elevator Infrared Inspections
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 could result from a motor failure could be financially disastrous.

Addition to the Team
Jarin Berger Joins Peterson Predictive Maintenance

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 Predict Expansion
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.

Sound Advice from Chuck
Chuck Peterson Article on UE Systems Website
PPM on bearings
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.

Maintenance Seminar
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.

Maintenance Seminar
PPM to Host Predictive Maintenance Seminar

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”.

Chuck Peterson, Owner and Chief Operator for Peterson Predictive Maintenance, will speak on “Uses of Infrared Thermography and Ultrasound Detection”

This seminar is directed towards Plant Engineers, Maintenance Managers, and any personnel interested in Predictive technology being used to increase machine reliability.

Admission is free, however pre-registration is requested. CLICK HERE to register for this important and informative seminar.

Martchink to receive training
Sean Martchink to Receive Infrared Certification

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 Train Boeing
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

PPM at Motor Seminar
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 power.

Chuck Peterson will be speaking on the integration of Infrared Thermal Imaging and Ultrasound Detection, the two top technologies in the field of Predictive Maintenance today.

PPM Development
Peterson Predictive Maintenance Opens Wichita Division

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 Maintenance-Chuck Peterson.

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.

Ethanol Plants
Major Ethanol Producer Abengoa BioEnergy Contracts for Infrared and Ultrasound Services

Major Ethanol Producer Abengoa BioEnergy Contracts for Infrared and Ultrasound Services
Peterson Predictive Maintenance has recently entered into an annual agreement with Abengoa BioEnergy in Colwich, KS.

PPM will be providing the Infrared Thermal Imaging Service as well as designing and running a total Ultrasound Bearing Trending Program for that facility. The Infrared will be run on a semi-annual basis while the Ultrasound Bearing Program will be run and monitored quarterly.

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 Detection services to one of the largest supermarket companies in the central United States. This includes new store openings, warehouses, dairy and bakery departments.

Agriculture Industry
PPM Contracted to Service 80 Grain Elevators

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.

Gas Plant
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.

Ag Manufacturing Industry
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 approximately $295,000.

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.

PPM at World Conference
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 new 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.

Plastics Industry
Long-term Agreement for World Class Care

PPM has entered into a multi-year agreement for Infrared Thermal Imaging and Ultrasound Detection services and the development of a world-class Predictive Maintenance Program for one of the leading plastics industries in McPherson, Kansas.

Paper Industry
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.

Hospital Industry
Predictive Maintenance to Benefit Kansas Hospitals

In affiliation with KHEA (Kansas Health Engineers Association), Peterson Predictive Maintenance will provide Infrared Thermal Imaging and Ultrasound Detection services to approximately 15 hospitals located throughout the state of Kansas.

Mining Industry
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.

New Website
Peterson Predictive Maintenance Teams Up with 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, is geared towards education about predictive maintenance and PPM’s abilities to meet those needs.

Minor Repairs Mean Large Savings at Salt Plant
Salt Processing Industry

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.

Gas Plant
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.