It’s no secret that turbine inspections are complicated processes. Unfortunately, because the turbine inspection process is so complex, it’s all too easy to make a mistake that could end up costing you in labor, time, and money in the long run.
To help you avoid the potential heartache of making some of these costly errors yourself, here are some of the most common turbine inspection mistakes businesses make and what you can do differently.
Disassembling your turbine on your own
Perhaps the biggest mistake businesses make when inspecting their turbines is disassembling their turbines on their own. This is a problem because of the labor, time, and risk that goes into the process of disassembling and reassembling.
Reassembling a turbine incorrectly could be destructive to the entire machine, which can be both frustrating and costly. Instead of doing it on your own, it’s in your best interest to consult with turbine support services that offer non-destructive evaluation processes for your turbine.
Assuming all turbines are the same
To avoid doing harm to your turbine, it’s crucial to remember that not all turbines are the same. Gas turbine inspections can actually be much more challenging than other industrial and manufacturing procedures. This is because gas turbines operate at 800 degrees higher than steam turbines.
To avoid doing harm to your turbine and yourself, it’s essential that you use a borescope inspection on your gas turbines at least once a year. Experienced turbine support services that offer borescope inspections can identify potential problems with the machine without putting anyone or your turbines at risk.
Assuming a turbine doesn’t need an inspection
It’s recommended to have your turbines inspected at least once a year to prevent small problems from becoming major disasters. Even if your turbine doesn’t have a mechanical issue, particle build-up can cause a problem for your turbine over time.
For instance, salt particles can be especially damaging to your turbine. Salt particles attach themselves to your turbine’s blades and attract other particles like dirt. Over time, this build-up can decrease your turbine’s output by approximately 15%. Not only does that reduce production but it also puts more pressure on your turbine, which can affect its life expectancy.
If your turbines are in need of an inspection, it’s best to let professional turbine support services handle the job to prevent potential damage or costly mistakes. To schedule your own turbine maintenance, contact Advanced Turbine Support today.