Reliability Engineering Services

Reliability plays a critical role in reducing total cost of ownership

Westpower’s reliability engineering services offers turn-key support for your facility and rotating equipment, creating more reliable uptime and predictable operating outcomes.

Leveraging over 25 years of rotating equipment experience, our reliability engineers help you focus your efforts where it matters most. We accomplish this by using the latest techniques and taking on-site measurements related to the actual behaviour of your facility, machinery and supporting systems.

Our reliability engineering services help to mitigate small and excessive vibrations, overheating, unusual noises, cavitation, coupling misalignment and failures, cloudy oil and other lubricant issues as well as mechanical seal issues and failures.

Our reliability engineering services include: Condition Monitoring Services, Field Equipment Performance Testing, On-site Customer Training, Vibration Analysis & Troubleshooting, Root Cause Failure Analysis, Engineering Design Review, Engineering Consultancy, Lubrication Assessment & Technical Support, Mechanical Seals Assessment & Technical Support and Equipment Audits & Surveys.

Deteriorating pump performance can have a significant impact on your total cost of ownership. Westpower’s field equipment performance testing provides insight into how your rotating equipment is performing compared to its OEM specifications. Performance testing is recommended for assets in critical applications, especially for multistage (BB3 and BB5) pumps.

Our reliability experts can provide on-site customer training and engineering support tailored to your operational and system requirements.

Vibration analysis is a diagnostic technique that facilitates mitigating the effects of equipment failures. It enables timely awareness of the state of machinery when correct instruments, processes and knowledge are applied. The most common applications of vibration analysis in rotating machinery are for the diagnosis and correction of a rotor mass unbalance, misalignment, gear, and bearing faults. However, if not done correctly, vibration analysis could prove to be a costly and counterproductive.

Our qualified team of engineers are certified ISO Category 2 (or higher) vibration analysts. Services can be offered as part of an on-going condition monitoring program or as ad hoc troubleshooting to identify and eliminate particular failure modes on rotating equipment, piping or structures. Up to 15% of all failures and resulting downtime is caused by vibration induced fatigue in structures.

Westpower can conduct comprehensive assessments, including visual inspections, bearing temperature surveys and vibration measurements to urgently assess any areas of immediate concern. The Westpower Reliability Toolbox of Vibration Monitoring and Analysis equipment include:

    • Machine Sentry Mobile System IIoT platform
    • CSI Vibration Analyzers
    • Machine Sentry Mobile (MSM-1) condition monitoring and analysis system
    • Machine Sentry Fixed (MSF-1) sensors for semi-continuous monitoring
    • Pruftechnik Vibration Analyzers
    • Machine Sentry Online (MSO-1) 8 channel system for continuous system monitoring
    • High Speed Data Acquisition Systems (Up to 32 channels – more available if needed)
    • Instrumented Hammers for resonance testing and modal analysis

Westpower understands the importance and challenges faced in keeping critical equipment running without issues. That is why our team of rotating equipment experts are qualified and equipped to mobilize to customer sites for onsite root cause analysis and troubleshooting. Our approach combines practical site experience for assessment of failure modes with theoretical studies/simulations as needed.

Westpower takes a holistic approach to root cause analysis by comprehensively assessing equipment design, installation, operation, and maintenance, which are the foundations of equipment reliability. The Westpower Reliability capabilities have grown to include the following:

    • Visual inspections
    • Resonance Testing and Modal Analysis
    • Pumping System Performance and Operation Analysis
    • Multichannel data collection and analysis
    • System dynamic analysis
    • Rotor dynamic analysis
    • Acoustical Analysis
    • Pulsation and Surge Analysis
    • Experimental Modal Analysis
    • Operating Deflection Shape Analysis
    • Pipeline Vibration Compliance Analysis
    • Oil Sampling and Analysis

Our toolbox of monitoring and analysis equipment includes:

    • Machine Sentry Mobile System IIoT platform
    • Pruftechnik Vibration Analyzers
    • CSI Vibration Analyzers
    • Machine Sentry Mobile (MSM-1) condition monitoring and analysis system
    • Machine Sentry Fixed (MSF-1) sensors for semi-continuous monitoring
    • Machine Sentry Online (MSO-1) 8 channel system for continuous system monitoring
    • FLIR Thermal Imaging Cameras
    • Portable Ultrasonic Flow meters
    • High Speed Data Acquisition Systems (Up to 32 channels – more available if needed)
    • Instrumented Hammers for resonance testing and modal analysis

Increasing your rotating equipment reliability is accomplished by better designs, better quality repairs and assembly, better installation and commissioning and better operations. Our multi-disciplinary engineering team has extensive knowledge designing rotating equipment and their supporting systems across various industries and applications.

Don’t have the necessary specialized engineering personnel in-house? Westpower can supply a range of on-site services provided as part of a contract or on a pay as you go basis. If required, highly experienced engineers can be based at your site, eliminating all of your maintenance concerns.

Lubrication plays an important role in your equipment’s’ reliable operation, often solving real problems such as overheating, increased energy consumption, arctic duty and severe service. Westpower’s lubrication assessment and technical support services help extend your equipment’s lifecycle and eliminate costly unplanned downtime. We assess and recommend the best lubricants specific to your operating conditions as well as the proper storage, handling and inventory practices.

Westpower’s mechanical seals assessment and technical support aims to maximize Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) and minimize inventory of your mechanical seals. Our team determines the optimal seals and systems specific to your application as well as all required industry standards to improve the efficiency of your assets.

In field technical problem solving involves understanding the application from a holistic system standpoint, doing seal failure analysis and root cause failure analysis to identify the real issues and then working collaboratively with the customer and seal OEM to find and implement effective solutions.