Maintaining Manufacturing Integrity

Producing high-quality, dependable paper products requires high-quality, dependable manufacturing capability. That’s why Georgia-Pacific sets a high bar for the integrity and reliability of the mechanical equipment it uses for paper production.

Maintaining Manufacturing Integrity

Producing high-quality, dependable paper products requires high-quality, dependable manufacturing capability. That’s why Georgia-Pacific sets a high bar for the integrity and reliability of the mechanical equipment it uses for paper production. So, when one of their Alabama manufacturing facilities wanted to ensure the reliability of its one-of-a-kind specialty paper machines, it called on Brady Infrared to develop a quarterly infrared inspection program to look at gear boxes, motors, bearings, couplings, and other critical components in the operation of the machines.

With a vast amount of complicated machinery and over 3000 components to inspect, the project presented several challenges. Working around large industrial machinery requires training and constant safety monitoring. Core understanding the mechanical process unique to the machinery helped to determine severity levels of operations. However, the biggest challenges facing Brady Infrared was the organization and tracking vast number of mechanical components. Brady Infrared created an equipment inventory, drafted detailed schematics diagrams, and used database tracking software to provide the client necessary details. Each piece of equipment was labeled and critical monitoring points established.

A quarterly inspection schedule combined with Brady Infrared’s expertise in thermal imaging quickly identified threats to the paper machine production. This gave the Georgia-Pacific mill confidence in its maintenance plan for scheduled outages. The Brady Infrared maintenance program remains viable today and continues to save Georgia-Pacific money and provide peace of mind.

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