Ken Patterson, Predictive Maintenance Manager
When managing a manufacturing plant, downtime is inevitable. Imagine your production line moving as quickly as possible to create a large amount of output, and before you even realize it, you are stuck with a problem you dread the most—an unexpected equipment failure. The maintenance manager jumps into action and rushes somebody to the stopped machine for them to identify what went wrong, fix it, and then make sure that there aren’t any ancillary problems before the equipment is restarted. Something as simple as a broken part can quickly snowball into a bigger problem and lead to lost production time and exorbitant costs. To manage the quagmires of unplanned downtime of production-critical machinery and equipment, plant managers and maintenance engineers are actively pivoting toward predictive maintenance rather than relying on a reactive approach.
With the advent of COVID-19 and the dawn of the remote working era, the pace of this transition has escalated quickly. However, most companies are still struggling to make this switch and implement effective predictive maintenance services at scale in order to attain optimal asset reliability at a minimal cost. This is where companies like Koontz-Wagner can make a difference.
As an industrial equipment repair services and electrical services company founded in 1921, Koontz-Wagner provides a full scope of predictive maintenance services to optimize its clients' equipment and keep their operations running. The company is renowned for providing effective in-house and on-site field service repair and maintenance solutions for a variety of industrial equipment and electrical apparatus, alongside electrical contracting services for commercial and industrial projects. Koontz-Wagner caters to its clients' requirements through its various departments, including motor repair, electronics repair, construction, low/medium/high voltage, automation, technology systems and predictive maintenance. Apart from providing diagnostic tests, repairs, and tune-ups as needed, the company’s predictive maintenance service involves inspecting and monitoring clients’ equipment to ensure everything functions as per the expectations. Ken Patterson, Predictive Maintenance Manager at Koontz-Wagner, explains, "By adopting predictive maintenance, companies have been lately trying to address all their maintenance requirements before they result in any emergency situations.
We are a one-stop-shop for all electrical service and predictive maintenance needs of our clients. We offer a total predictive maintenance program with a goal to reduce the downtime for our clients while enhancing asset reliability.”
We are a one-stop-shop for all electrical service and predictive maintenance needs of our clients
Koontz-Wagner effectively analyzes and improves efficiencies in its clients' workplace to keep their plant running without unplanned downtime. In order to help maintenance managers successfully steer through these turbulent times due to COVID-19, Koontz-Wagner helps them with its online monitoring systems, which allow for monitoring every issue in the plant remotely. "Our aim is to prevent our clients from incurring any emergency maintenance costs. We give them a heads up through early detection of faults, which minimizes downtime and allows us to perform maintenance on a scheduled downtime period," states Patterson.
Whether it is certified vibration analysis, on-site balancing of rotating equipment, oil analysis, certified infrared thermography, online and off-line motor current analysis, ultrasound analysis, motion amplification, or remote condition monitoring (IIoT), Koontz-Wagner offers them all. "We provide tighter integration between motor controls throughout your operation, including customized control systems and real-time motor control solutions in any industry," says Patterson. The company works for industrial, commercial, and institutional clients at industrial plants, construction sites, and renovation and expansion projects.
Koontz-Wagner houses a team of certified technicians to provide the best maintenance and repair for its clients any time, day or night. Having been in the industry for 100 years, Koontz-Wagner has carved a unique niche for itself in the market and successfully helped several clients prevent downtime. In an instance, Koontz-Wagner successfully helped a foundry, which encountered two catastrophic equipment failures during last year. The company placed a remote monitoring device on the foundry's alarming device to identify and locate the faulty unit and fix it before it results in unit failure. This prevented two failures and helped the foundry save thousands of dollars through reduced equipment downtime. "We figured out that while changing shifts in the middle of the night, operators were closing off some valves that were deadlocking the unit and resulting in its failure," explains Patterson.
Koontz-Wagner offers 24/7/365 service, and instead of following a one-size-fits-all approach, the company tailors its services to fit its customers' needs. The company prides itself on investing in its employees' growth and providing them with training and certifications to help them keep up with the newest technologies.