THE COMPANY WAS FOUNDED
Benchmark Maintenance Services Inc. was founded by John Lambert. The company offered the industrial market millwrighting services of machinery installation or re-installation of rotating machines. Along with these services, John offered training in installation, shaft to shaft alignment and condition monitoring. It was John’s experience in machinery installation at companies like De Havilland (now Bombardier) and Fiberglas Canada (now Owens Corning) as a millwright/maintenance mechanic, maintenance foreman and supervisor as well as training instructor that allowed him to start the company. John also developed and sold his own Reverse-Dial indicator shaft alignment system called the PAS (Precision Alignment System) which he also used doing service work and in training. Shortly after start-up he added Vibration, Shock Pulse and Ultrasonic instruments for sale.
BENCHMARK BECOMES EASY-LASER MASTER DISTRIBUTOR FOR CANADA
The company continued to grow and expand and became and still are Canada’s Master Distributor of Easy-Laser Alignment and Measurement systems selling across the country directly and through partners and sub-distributors. Benchmark and Easy-Laser has proven to be a great partnership, combining our expertise with their high-quality instruments. The fact that we are a Knowledge Based Provider has been a great benefit for us in terms of sales.
BENCHMARK BEGINS TO OFFER CALIBRATION SERVICES
It is well known that laser alignment systems need to be authenticated and made sure that they are doing what the manufactures says they can do, in other words, as an end user, you need to be able to qualify your alignment/measurement work. With training by Easy-Laser technicians, Benchmark began calibrating their own customer’s laser alignment tools.
BENCHMARK TRAINING CONTINUES TO DEVELOP
In the early years and even now, we taught shaft alignment using dial sets in either Rim and Face or Reverse Dial procedures. At this point, it had developed into a complete machinery (pump and motor) installation training course using dials or lasers in 1-day, 2-day or 3-day programs. For more information on our alignment and measurement training programs click here.
BENCHMARK DIVES IN TO PRESCISION DRIVEN MAINTENANCE
To celebrate 20 years in business, the company changes the name to BENCHMARK PDM. The PDM stands for Precision Driven Maintenance and it reflects our philosophy that in order to improve your work processes, you have to use Precision Maintenance concepts. This means that you have to work to a set tolerance of the machine that you, and your team agree on. The tighter the tolerance the better the result; but you cannot have a tolerance that you cannot measure. Precision maintenance means up-skilling your people, getting the right tools but also the right training. Its machinery acceptance standards, precision balancing, alignment, base flatness standards, the removal of machine stress, etc. Most importantly, it’s commissioning to a standard and documenting the process
TRAINING PROGRAM GOES MADD
BENCHMARK PDM decides to rename the training program into MAAD Training. The program is designed to be a very practical, hands on, “nuts and bolts” approach to training and is often customized to suit the customer’s machinery or equipment application. M.A.A.D. is an acronym that we created which stands for Measure, Analyze, Act & Document. For more information on our MAAD Training program, click here.
ANSI SHAFT ALIGNMENT STANDARD IS OFFICIAL
Our founder John Lambert was invited to work on the worlds first Shaft Alignment Methodology Standard. The ANSI/ASA S2.75-2017 standard has already been adopted by many corporations who use the tolerance and specification for their machinery. Over the three-year project John participated on the steering committee, was a group leader and co-chaired the editing team. We are all very proud of the fact that we were the only Canadian company to be invited to work on this important document. John still works with this prestigious group.