Candy Manufacturer Saves over $200,000 with Perceptiv™ Diagnostic Services

Perceptiv group uses advanced techniques to identify recurring failures in critical mixing equipment

 

 


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Description of Problem

A major North American-based candy manufacturer was experiencing numerous problems with their critical mixing equipment since installation. They were experiencing shaft failure on a recurring basis, leading to damage. Downtime cost approximately 12 hours and $18,000 per hour, or $216,000 per breakdown. The equipment had already failed three times and cost them $648,000. The manufacturer reached out to several companies for help, but none could provide a lasting solution. Then, the company called in the Regal® Perceptiv™ Diagnostics Services team for assistance.

Description of Solution

The Perceptiv services team performed microscopic examinations of the shaft and a chemical analysis of the steel which revealed a fracture caused by torsional fatigue.

To determine the source of the fatigue, the team performed a motor current signature analysis, vibration analysis, and infrared thermography. The tests revealed several problems contributing to poor mixer performance--movement in the mounting base, torsional resonance, and inadequate process monitoring. High vibrations were preventing the mixer drivetrain from reaching the as-designed speed and throughput values. The Perceptiv team developed a plan to mitigate the issues, including changes to the shaft to eliminate stress points; re-orienting the arrangement of the mixing paddles; better equipment anchoring; and improved monitoring practices. After implementing the recommendations, the manufacturer soon reported that the mixer was performing better than it ever had.

 

 

Benefits Seen by the Manufacturer Included:

  • Saved downtime cost of $216,000 per failure
  • Received detailed analysis and recommendations that provided actionable solutions
  • Eliminated equipment defects to prevent recurring breakdowns and improved condition monitoring solutions for early detection

 

Application

Twin Screw Mixer Drivetrain

Industry

Food & Beverage

Solution Type

Perceptiv Diagnostic Services

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