Achieving proper alignment by detecting and correcting soft foot

Proper alignment of direct-coupled machinery is an essential element in reliability of a new or repaired machine (motor, pump, gear case, etc.). One common impediment to achieving proper alignment and smooth operation is a “soft foot” condition. A soft foot occurs when all the feet of a machine case do not sit flat on the Read more…

What do you look for when outsourcing maintenance?

CPM are an Electro -Mechanical Service Company based in Manchester UK and who support many large manufacturing and service companies with proactive and reactive repairs to rotating machines both nationally and internationally. So, knowing what triggers a customer to outsource maintenance is fundamental to shape the service delivery that CPM should deliver. Loyalty comes after, Read more…

Helping you to “Get the most from your electric motors”

At CPM Engineering a fundamental part of our work philosophy, is to help our customers make more informed decisions about their rotating equipment. By giving them ‘best practice’ advice and option we feel that we can earn their trust and maintain our reputation. One of these areas is in electric motors where promoting best practice Read more…

Vibration Analysis v Oil Analysis on major gearbox drives

Any plant operator has their own experiences of the problems caused by the failure of rotating machines. The downtime, the effect on production output and the cost of the repair or replacement gearbox, electric motor, pump can cause major problems as we all know. CPM Engineering are involved in supporting customers with a range of Read more…

Sleep on your problems while we work on them

As the end of the year is approaching and we are all getting ready for the holiday period it is the perfect time to take a look at your plant equipment and assess any work that may need to be done. The Christmas down time period is becoming increasingly popular as a time to carry Read more…

Critical Spares – A Production or Financial Decision?

I don’t think many of us would argue with the following definition when determining critical spares for a production or manufacturing facility: “A criticality analysis reveals that probable failure of the equipment under review would affect employee safety, environment, or the ability of the production process to run effectively.” At CPM Engineering we assist customers Read more…

Only 1% of an electric motor’s lifecycle costs are spend on maintenance

In a recent paper delivered to the Motor Summit in Zurich it claimed that only 1% of the total lifecycle cost of an electric motor was attributable to repair and maintenance. Only 2% represented the initial purchase price. The claim made in a paper entitled ‘Policy Guidelines for Electric Motor Systems’ may not come as Read more…

Raising Reliability

If a repair looks right then the there is a good probability is that it is right. Reliability should be built into every repair that is undertaken with the minimum standard being that of returning the machine (a pump in this instance) to the condition it was manufactured to and wherever possible to improve the Read more…

Pump Cavitation

One of the more serious causes of pump failure is cavitation, CPM see the symptoms of cavitation on a regular basis and through their regular technical updates hope to ensure that engineers are more aware of the symptoms. We are sure that everyone has seen the resultant damage from Cavitation and CPM often advise on Read more…

42% of End-Users employ a reactive electric motor strategy

In a survey of end-users of electric motors performed by our International Trade Association EASA (Electrical Apparatus Service Association) it revealed that 42% of those questioned described their strategy as ‘reactive’ compared with 30% who stated they employed a ‘preventative maintenance’ approach. As a company who see the results of such a strategy and with Read more…