EA Technology’s Rotating Machines testing service can provide a comprehensive range of insulation diagnostic tests to assess the condition of motors and generators. Results can be used to identify machines at risk of catastrophic in-service failure, to improve performance and to extend reliable service life.
Rotating electrical machines (motors and generators) are often regarded as the most critical components in power generation and industrial production facilities where unplanned downtimes due to in-service faults can be very expensive. In order to prevent costly premature failures and to plan maintenance effectively, accurate and reliable condition assessment data is required. EA Technology’s full suite of state-of-the-art tests can help identify any issues so that you can make timely maintenance and repairs to prevent failure.
PD measurement is widely regarded as one of the best methods for the assessment of the stator insulation condition. The PD allows for single weak spots in the insulation system to be clearly identified.
To assess the condition of the bulk of the insulation and degradation over time
Allows to detect inter turn faults in the stator and rotor windings caused by mechanical stress
A simple ‘Go/No Go’ test to identify weak insulation unsuitable for service
Performed to detect any possible problems with contacts soldering and loose connections in the stator and rotor windings
To assess the condition of the stator and rotor insulation for contamination and moisture ingress using DC voltage
To detect inter turn defects like short circuits in the rotor windings which could cause magnetic imbalance contributing to higher shaft vibrations and resulting stresses to the bearings
A very sensitive measurement to reliably establish moisture levels in solid stator insulation and detects levels of contamination
As well as being an essential part of condition based asset management, Rotating Machine Testing should also be undertaken when a new motor or generator is commissioned as a fingerprint data collection for later comparison, following repairs and to diagnose faults. Regular Rotating Machine Testing, to identify faults early, will minimise expensive replacement costs as well as help to extend reliable service life of the rotating machine assets.