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PIRTEK’s Sterling Heights Office Rebuilds Power Units

On May 1, a fourth location in Wixom, Mich., opened, growing its on site hose service fleet to 20 mobile service units serving southeastern Michigan.

Tue May 26, 2015 - Midwest Edition

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PIRTEK has been servicing the Detroit area for more than 15 years with Hose Service & Supply Centers in Madison Heights, Sterling Heights and Westland. On May 1, a fourth location in Wixom, Mich., opened, growing its on site hose service fleet to 20 mobile service units serving southeastern Michigan.

In the fall, drivelines manufacturing engineer contacted Detroit’s PIRTEK Director of Sales and Marketing John Martin to request a quote. The client stated he had four old hydraulic power units to be re-built. He was inquiring if this was something PIRTEK was capable of doing.

That same day the Detroit area PIRTEK team went to the company to look at the project and meet with its engineers. The following day, a team including PIRTEK Mobile Sales and Service Technician (MSST) Jason Mitchell and Assistant Operations Manager Carl Foster took a complete inventory of each unit in order to prepare a comprehensive quote. Within a week, the company issued PIRTEK a purchase order to begin the job.

The company designs, manufactures and distributes driveline systems and service parts for several types of vehicles and the hydraulic power units are a critical piece of equipment in its production process. It supplies hydraulic power to the friction welders, which build the drive shafts. The units were running extremely hot, causing the company to make repairs frequently, sometimes daily. The PIRTEK team was challenged with resolving this issue and requested that the company ship the first two power units that they utilized for spare parts to PIRTEK Sterling Heights.

Once the units arrived, Mitchell did a complete tear down of the units. Each component such as valves, switches, gauges, electric motor, motor mounts, pumps, chiller, hydraulic tubes and hoses were removed and replaced with new/remanufactured components. The motors were cleaned, inspected and rewound. The pumps and motors were calibrated to factory specs and included the certification paperwork for verification. Mitchell also upgraded the chiller to resolve the overheating issue. The units were finally cleaned, prepped and repainted.

Upon completion, the first two units were shipped back to the company and installed with PIRTEK’s assistance within four weeks. The third and fourth units were then delivered to PIRTEK Sterling Heights and were completed and reinstalled in a timely manner.

“Performing a job of this magnitude requires keen attention to detail. MSST Mitchell was in charge of the workmanship on this project and was the complete constant, ensuring these units were completed correctly and on-time,” said PIRTEK Sterling Heights Operations Manager Ed Cushing.