Two engineers at Westin Drives have won accreditation in vibration analysis from the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing. The Institute promotes the advancement of the science and practice of non-destructive testing, condition monitoring, diagnostic engineering and all other materials and quality testing disciplines.
Technical service engineer Fraser Lynch and senior repair engineer Steve Ormondroyd passed the vibration analysis Category One examinations. In October, Steve will go on to take the VA2 exam, for analysing and fault-finding. The accreditation is the Industry standard for best practice in carrying out routine condition monitoring of critical plant and equipment.
Swift work by engineers from Westin Drives fixed a problem threatening production at the Hull branch of a multi-national pharmaceutical firm.
Technical service engineer Fraser Lynch and apprentice Connor Earnshaw rapidly diagnosed the fault which was preventing the water treatment plant from functioning at the company. Weather damage to an electrical item had caused a contact to weld shut, leaving the control system unable to reset. Parts were sourced from a local supplier and the repair was completed – enabling the water to be treated and production to continue.
While on site, Westin engineers were asked to investigate an additional problem with a mixing vessel. The fault was traced to a faulty gearbox in which improper sealing had led to rainwater ingress.The job required confined-space trained staff to perform the task as access was limited to the tank’s agitating system. Luckily our engineers were certified to work in confined spaces and were able to complete the work safely and legally on site.
The motor gear unit was refurbished at Westin's Leeds service centre, modified to IP65 to protect from rainwater, returned to site, re-installed and tested. A spare motor gear unit was later supplied for an immediate changeover in the future.