What Sets Brennan Jacobs Apart from the Rest?November 12, 2018
Brennan Jacobs leads the marketplace in superior crane services and inspections. Critical crane safety inspections on an annual basis are mandated by OSHA 1910.179 and ANSI B30. Performing the required inspections on heavy equipment is the best way to ensure worker safety, maintain productivity and prevent expensive, unpredictable capital expenses. Brennan Jacobs offers predictive maintenance services that keep your valuable equipment running and your business operating smoothly. Brennan Jacobs offers a full service inspection and preventative maintenance program, including flexible boroscope inspections, oil analysis, and vibration analysis to documentation of brake wear. What makes Brennan Jacobs different from other service companies is a combination of two factors: exceptionally trained staff, and inspection system technology that was specifically designed to more accurately evaluate and project failure than anything else available today.
The Brennan Jacobs team is comprised of carefully selected professionals. One thing that sets a Brennan Jacobs technician apart is dedication to customer service. Making sure that the customer, including field staff and supervisors, understand the results of the equipment inspection is key, so Brennan Jacobs technicians are able to communicate well with a variety of people. The employees who have helped make the company successful have general heavy equipment maintenance and inspection experience, and many also have an area of specialization. In addition to ensuring employees receive the proper safety training and continuing education, Brennan Jacobs employees are factory trained to use the industry’s leading-edge high-tensile steel rope inspection system.
Visual inspections are the traditional way to inspect wire ropes. It’s easy to understand why this is the case: without the specially developed technology by NDT Technologies, there has not been a way to thoroughly inspect crane ropes in the past. Relying upon visual inspections has been the only option. Overall, the expertise of the workers on site in estimating the available life of a crane rope is more valuable than a periodic occasional visual inspection. Knowing the performance requirements of on-site equipment and paying attention to signals of preliminary rope breakage, which can often be heard, is a key skillset required when inexact visual inspections are used.
But relying upon human analysis of signals that indicate rope failure is dangerous. Particularly on a busy, noisy job site, it is difficult to expect employees to be accountable for rope failure. Given that there are more than twenty-five types of crane rope, and thousands of different designs for wire rope, it is very difficult for even a trained and seasoned technician to have a complete understanding of what they might encounter on a given job site. There are numerous different standards which do their best to estimate the point of failure on a given piece of rope. Technicians can be thoroughly trained in their inspection system of choice, but there is a lot of inaccuracy in each inspection method that relies upon visual inspection and exterior measurement alone. Wire rope will always fail with enough time in use. Estimating the point of failure is a potentially costly gamble which many operators have been relying upon for years.
Even when performing a very careful visual inspection, it is not possible to scientifically determine where a rope is in its life cycle. Brennan Jacobs uses equipment and technology that acknowledge inspections are more important than just checking a box. Accurate, reliable and easy to understand inspections of high tensile steel ropes can actually save lives. Designed and supported by NDT Technologies, the technology that allows for specialized Brennan Jacobs inspection will, by nature, generate more specific, reliable and actionable results than any other system can provide. The heavy equipment operator who takes advantage of a Brennan Jacobs inspection will receive a non-destructive inspection of all wire ropes. This is called Magnetic Rope Testing (MRT), and is a process that allows a Brennan Jacobs technician to detect wire rope deterioration, even when the damage and wear are interior and invisible to the naked eye. While most inspection companies rely upon visual inspection to determine the life remaining in critical wire ropes, it is impossible for a naked-eye inspection to reveal inter-strand nicking. Since this type of damage will evolve into corrosion pitting and result in clusters of broken interior wire, it is imperative to detect the deterioration as early as possible.
Using the NDT Technologies non-invasive technique, Brennan Jacobs technicians use modern and specially designed equipment which generates noiseless, high fidelity signals. The results are often astonishing to Brennan Jacobs clients. The NTD systems, while technically complex, offer a distinct, personalized and useful report that allows a client to understand the exact condition of wire ropes. Test data results are understandable to the layman, but Brennan Jacobs highly trained technicians present the reports, point out vulnerabilities which need attention and help design a maintenance and replacement plan that suits the specific wire ropes in question. There is no other system that can routinely, affordably and realistically predict the life cycle of a wire rope.
So much hinges on the safety and reliability of wire ropes, a category of rope that is used on most cranes. No matter what specific type of wire rope, the Brennan Jacobs system can help determine the viability of the rope. Rotation-resistant, non-rotating multi-strand and IWRC ropes are all able to be inspected with the NDT system. When these ropes fail, endangering jobs and lives, and requiring expensive emergency repairs, the wire rope failure is often deemed to be an unexpected failure that could not be predicted. In reality, the NTD Technologies wire rope inspection system, used by carefully trained Brennan Jacobs employees, can detect interior deterioration, inter-strand nicking, clusters of broken wires invisible to the naked eye, and even internal corrosion and corrosion pitting on rope long before it becomes an issue. Usually, relying upon a visual inspection to ensure wire rope safety is going to result in failed wire ropes that endanger workers and jobs. Only with the Brennan Jacobs NTD Technologies inspection method can you be certain that you’re actually performing preventative maintenance on your critical equipment.