CO2 is all important in providing a desirable ‘head’ on a glass of beer. Compressors are utilised in the production process to carbonate beverages with this gas, but without a running back up compressor to step in during issues with the primary compressor, production uptime is at greater risk.
So, when the brewery found that the 500kW motor powering its on-site compressor back up had failed, the business required an urgent motor repair and refurbishment to minimise the chances of downtime.
With reference to pre-existing maintenance schedules, while balancing adequate time for a quality repair with ensuring manufacturing security, a timeframe of seven weeks was settled on. After contacting several motor specialists, Rotamec was selected.
Alan Brooks, branch manager for Cheddar at Rotamec, recalls: “In terms of this customer, we were required to rewind the motor and carry out a general overhaul. The challenge was that the motor featured pre-formed coils, which are not the most common type. We therefore had to source these coils quickly before we could begin the rewind.
“Luckily, we have a wide-ranging capability with regards to specialist motors, which meant we could solve the issue. Ultimately, we were able to return the now refurbished motor within the seven-week deadline, which was a challenge that our breadth of expertise ensured we could meet.”
Once the motor was re-installed, the beverage manufacturer again had access to a compressor redundancy. As a result, production uptime was effectively safeguarded to ensure productivity and profitability. Backed by the 24/7 Rotamec service, the manufacturer also has access to the support required for continued high speed, large scale manufacturing in the long term.
“I am very proud that the team could conduct this specialist motor rewind to schedule, despite the challenging coils,” concludes Brooks.