Test Equipment Helps Develop Preventive Maintenance Programs
Managers have a range of test equipment for motor testing from which to choose, depending on the application. Hand-held, infrared temperature sensors and thermal-imaging devices can help identify overheating bearings and loose electrical connections. Technicians also can use portable vibration analyzers to identify misaligned motor drives, loose couplings, and worn bearings.
Portable motor analyzers can perform a range of important tests. Technicians can upload data collected from the tests to a desktop computer, where they can store and use it to generate preventive- and predictive-maintenance reports. Then, they can combine results from successive tests to produce trending reports — a valuable indicator of motor condition and essential in projecting remaining service life.