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Reactive Maintenance Costs vs. Planned Costs for Electric Motors

07/01/2020

Local "turn and burn" repair shops specialize in getting your motor in for repairs and getting them back to you ASAP. While that might be good for emergencies, is it a good way to handle all your motor repairs?. Let's discuss the difference between reactive maintenance costs vs. planned costs for electric motors

"Turn and Burn" Repair Shops

You have to strike a balance between keeping your production lines running and staying within your M&O budget. When a motor fails, you need things running ASAP and you don't have a ton of money to invest in your motors. That local "turn and burn" repair shop can get your motor back to you in 48 hours, doing a bearing swap and rewind in their own shop. It's fast and convenient and seems to do a good job of minimizing downtime while staying in budget.

The problem with such shops is that they don't have the time to perform extensive analysis on your motor. And this kind of analysis is necessary to find the root cause of the problem. If you don't find that root cause, then you keep paying over and over for the same repair.

If you continue using a "turn and burn" shop, you'll realize that you are sending the very same motors in for the same issues. Hasty repairs caused by their time constraints starts an expensive cycle for your facility. This cycle eats up money and increases downtime over the long haul.

Why do facilities keep using "turn and burn" electric motor repair services?

Most of the time, it has to do with the maintenance mindset or paradigm in use.

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