Alimak industrial rack and pinion elevators provide vertical access solutions to thousands of industrial plants around the world and form an essential part of the plant infrastructure, allowing people and materials access to sections of the plant for maintenance and monitoring, putting a high priority on the need for the elevators to operate without fail when called upon to avoid costly downtime and closures. Given the need for 100% uptime of the industrial elevators it is essential that the units are properly maintained to avoid unnecessary downtime.
Alimak industrial elevators are usually found on large scale plants and form just one part of the production process, with plant operators and maintenance teams often responsible for hundreds of pieces of equipment, all requiring some form of regular maintenance and inspection. It is for this reason, many Alimak industrial elevator owners and operators choose to operate their Alimak equipment on a maintenance or service agreement provided by Alimak Service to guarantee the uptime coming from the installed units, to help reduce the operating costs and budget for maintenance over the life cycle of the equipment.
In the USA coal and gas fuelled power plants provide a significant proportion of the country’s energy needs and as such, production and refinery facilities are usually on a large scale with sites operating a multiple number of rack and pinion elevators. The Alimak Service team in the USA have recently helped a number of energy producers streamline their service requirement by providing a tailored service solution based on their specific needs, resulting in service programmes that delivers across a broad scope of work to meet individual site challenges.
In the state of Ohio, Alimak Service has secured a long-term service agreement for 20 industrial elevators ranging from early Alimak Scando and Champion elevators to the latest Alimak SE industrial elevators at the Cardinal Power Plant operated by Buckeye Power Inc. As one of the largest coal plants in the USA producing 1.8 gigawatts of power, the 20 installed industrial elevators provides crucial access to the plant’s infrastructure. Alimak and Alimak Service has maintained a relationship with the site for a number of years and the latest service agreement fulfils the needs of Buckeye Power Inc, which was to control maintenance costs, maximise uptime and include outage support.
Buckeye Power Inc is not the only energy producer to rely on the support that comes from a service agreement from Alimak Service. Duke Energy Corporation have also recently agreed a multi-site long-term service agreement for 93 rack and pinion elevators located across seven South Eastern states. Alimak Service had not previously provided service maintenance for Duke Energy Corporation as the units were being maintained by in-house and third-party providers. In demonstrating the added value that comes from having service provided by the OEM, Duke Energy were confident to move maintenance of all the rack and pinion elevators to one provider, Alimak Service, streamlining the maintenance operation and ensuing the equipment is maintained to OEM standards.
A service agreement from Alimak Service helps to keep equipment safe and compliant, in optimum condition, maximum performance and helps to control costs and help budget for the life cycle of the equipment. It is recognised that the owners and operators of equipment who have equipment on a long-term service agreement or maintenance contract note an overall better product experience through its life cycle with fewer unexpected surprises. It is also a common misconception that service maintenance from the OEM is expensive – on the contrary, the hidden value from an OEM service agreement often out weights the sometimes ‘cheaper’ alternative.
To learn more about service agreements and maintenance contracts get in touch with the Alimak Service team.