Even the world’s largest beer festival needs powertrain experts! Our customer, an amusement ride operator, had an urgent service requirement due to vibration issues on their “Olympia Looping” rollercoaster at Munich’s famous Oktoberfest.
On the rollercoaster, 62 powertrains are used to transport the wagon to the top. Due to the compact construction of the track loop, all gearboxes and cardan shafts are interconnected, which made it virtually impossible to locate the source of damaging noise using conventional methods. Off-Highway Powertrain Services (OHP Services) strategy was to pinpoint the vibration after an Hot Spot Analysis and thermography, instead of visual inspections for every component in all 62 powertrains. After identifying a loose part and pinpointing its location, the problem was a matter of a few minutes work to rectify.
The inspection methods used resulted in a highly efficient solution with time savings of 85%, ensuring the problem was fixed before the next operation. By performing a preventative repair a potential unplanned shutdown was also avoided which on average incurs a loss of revenue of circa 35,000 Euros. OHP Services is one of the few partners which is able to deliver replacement parts with a 3.1 Inspection Certificate, ensuring the high quality standards that are imperative for passenger transport applications. Using a global distribution network; OHP Services ensures timely service to the customer.
The customer was extremely satisfied with our expertise and product quality and OHP Services is now the preferred service partner and supplier.