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SOLUTION FOCUS Ken Patterson, head of the predictivemaintenance division at Koontz-Wagner, tests a 9,000-hp motor. PdM team participated in a standard post-sale training session conducted by All-Test Pro. The team was thoroughly educated on how to perform advanced non-destructive motor testing and analysis for de-energized motor-circuit analysis and energized electricalsignature and power analysis. Testing motors Motor-Testing Tools Expand Services New state-of-the-art instruments at Midwest service-provider Koontz-Wagner helped boost the company's profits by 10%. GROWING COMPANIES typically make investments in state-of-the-art tools and equipment so that they may expand their ability to serve their customers. One such company, Koontz-Wagner Services, South Bend, IN, has capitalized on several opportunities since acquiring new energized and de-energized motor-testing equipment. Koontz-Wagner Services is a leading Midwest provider of repair and maintenance services for rotatingequipment systems, including electric motors, generators, and mechanical power-transmission components, along with electrical-contracting 46 | MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY services that range from short-order services to design and complex largeproject services. Kenneth L. Patterson, KoontzWagner's proactive predictive-maintenance (PdM) manager, led the effort to obtain sophisticated motor-testing equipment for the company. In January 2015, after having conducted extensive research on different types of technologies, he turned to products from All-Test Pro, Old Saybrook, CT. Patterson chose two hand-held, de-energized motor testers: the All-Test Pro 5 and All-Test Pro 31, in addition to the All-Test Pro On-Line II energized motor tester. His 12-person As a full-service company, KoontzWagner has motor-repair, predictivemaintenance, and construction divisions. Its motor-repair division made immediate use of the de-energized motor-testing equipment by streamlining its inspection processes. "Using the AT5 and the AT31 has helped us reduce the time it takes to understand the general condition of a motor," explained Patterson. "The AT5 motor-circuit analyzer shows us if there are bad connections or ground faults, it checks the winding, and it lets us know if there are air gaps, contamination, or broken bars. It gives us a pretty good picture of the motor's health within just a few minutes; which is important because reducing the time it takes us to inspect a motor has enabled us to lower the cost of that initial inspection," he continued. "The incoming inspection fees we had been charging customers were a little high, compared with our competitors, so changing our inspection process has allowed us to lower those initial inspection fees and become more competitive." Increasing business opportunities In September of 2015, KoontzWagner's maintenance-services organization began using its portable de-energized motor-testing equipment outside of the repair shop. A long-time relationship with a large automotiveAPRIL 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology April 2016

My Take
Uptime
On The Floor
Culture Changed At This Indiana Refinery
She Ignores The Glass Ceiling
Loadability Studies Aid PRC-025-1 Compliance
Look System-Wide For Cost Savings
Reliable Pumping Supplement
Fund Lubrication Program With Energy Savings
Emergency-Stop Choices
Cyber Security
Backup Generators
Infrared Safety Tips
Internet Of Things
ISO 55000
Motor-Testing Tools Expand Services
Products
Showcase
Ad Index
Final Thought

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