Preventive diagnostics on three bevel-helical gear units in the intake pumping station at the Dachau water treatment plant
To ensure the continued availability of their existing drive technology, the operators of the Dachau water treatment plant commissioned SEW‑EURODRIVE to conduct preventive diagnostics (the Condition Monitoring module from the Complete Drive Service modular concept) on the three bevel-helical gear units in their intake pumping station.
Function of the screw pumps in the water treatment plant
The water treatment plant has been responsible for the reliable and round-the-clock treatment of community waste water for over 38 years. Among the equipment it uses are three screw pumps. They raise the waste water to ground level at the plant's intake station. Preventive diagnostics were conducted on the screw pumps in 2014.
Putting the gear units to the test with video endoscopy
The systematic condition inspection was carried out using a flexible video endoscope. This probe can be guided through even small openings and provide razor-sharp images of the gear unit's interior. After the inspections, we were able to make recommendations for the inspected gear units based on the overall condition of the gearing components and the properties of the gear unit's lubricant. Two drives were already exhibiting significant wear indicators such as pitting and micro-pitting, which can eventually lead to larger edge ruptures and finally to a complete failure of the drive unit. The other drive was deemed non-critical because it still exhibited a low level of wear.
Repair or replacement as a result of the diagnostics
The water treatment plant then had to decide whether repairing their existing drive technology or replacing it was the more cost-effective option. SEW‑EURODRIVE’s comprehensive expertise proved indispensable in this decision. The Dachau water treatment plant decided to replace the existing components (non-SEW-EURODRIVE products) with industrial gear units from the X series. A three-level, bevel-helical gear unit design with a belt drive was chosen for the two new drives in the intake pumping station. The nominal output torque of each gear unit is 15,500 Nm.