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TECO's Commitment to Maintenance Featured in Magazine

When the editor of District Energy magazine heard about Thermal Energy Corporation's (TECO) chilled-water and steam system maintenance program, he asked us to prepare an article for the fourth quarter 2016 edition. The resulting article by TECO’s Charlie Michalak has been viewed by International District Energy Association (IDEA) members around the world.

As Charlie notes in the article, many of our maintenance practices have stood the test of time, yet others have changed along with equipment and technology. What hasn’t changed over the years is our commitment – from our board of directors to our employees – to an optimal maintenance program.

The article explains TECO’s detailed maintenance program, with most efforts falling into three categories:

  • Preventive maintenance: Performing tasks as recommended by each equipment manufacturer, e.g., changing oil, lubing gears.
  • Predictive maintenance: Conducting testing to catch abnormalities before they become problems. Methods often include vibration monitoring, oil analysis, infrared imaging and eddy-current testing of chiller tubes.
  • Proactive maintenance: Identifying recurring/trending issues, finding their sources and fixing the problems to mitigate repeat occurrences.

Take a look to see how we are working to maintain reliable service for our Texas Medical Center customer institutions!

 
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