Reduce Downtime

TDC True Downtime Lost Potential Revenue

Introduction to True Downtime Costs (TDC)


True Downtime Cost (TDC) is a method of recording and analyzing all the costs associated with equipment downtime in a production, processing or manufacturing facility. It provides a way to assign time and/or monetary value to stoppages in a complete, thorough and true way that reflects the direct, indirect and opportunity costs lost because of plant and equipment outages.

True Downtime Costs includes downtime factors commonly overlooked, or previously considered “non-tangible”, to arrive at a more accurate value for the real cost of downtime. Downtime costs include more than the simple direct costs usually quoted to managers. The true downtime cost includes a vast array of wasted business support costs and lost business opportunity costs because resources were needed to rectify a downtime incident that probably did not need to happen.  Read More . . . . . . .

Since Downtime Costs the U.S. So Much Money

True Downtime

The Bartol Mag-Probe is an a economical instrument that is of the highest quality standards.

Why aren’t more companies focusing on improving service, manufacturing and production issues rather than laying off employees in order to protect their bottom line.  Many companies are now realizing there are tough times ahead for all of us and the only way to keep the boat from sinking is to plug the downtime hole.  This is a very large gap in American business today.

At Bartol Research we are trying very hard to get the message out that companies are losing much more than they anticipate.  In this economy every company that offers a service or product should be taking a close look at the cost of their downtime in relationship to the industry they operate in. In some cases it’s costing over $23,000 per minute.

Bartol Mag-Probe

Intrinsically safeWould it be worth investing $45.00  to purchase one Mag-Probe that can take a thirty minute test down to 1 minute.  If you are taking the full thirty minutes every time you troubleshoot an Electrical Solenoid Valve or Relay you might consider the cost verses the reward.  Let’s just say you only loose $100 per minute when testing valves or relays,  in 30 minutes you just lost$3,000.  In some manufacturing plants the cost is much higher so let’s use the example above. $23,000 per minute x 30 minutes = $690,000 in a Half an Hour.  If the problem was with an intermittent solenoid valve or relay the cost would have been drastically reduced by using the Bartol Mag-Probe.

True DowntimeI learned a long time ago about lost potential revenue.  It’s not only how much money you are making that increases incremental profits, it’s how much you save while you are making money.


True Downtime

The Bartol Mag-Probe is an a economical instrument that is of the highest quality standards. It is manufactured in an ISO-9000 clean room and can be sterilized using a cold process. It is approved for use in Nuclear  Power Plants, is waterproof and  operates in temperatures ranging from 80 below zero to 160 degrees fahrenheit. The Mag-Probe is made by hard working Americans at HSI Sensing in Oklahoma that are very proud of their quality workmanship.   There are no similar products that come anywhere near the quality and sensitivity of the Mag-Probe. The sensitivity level of the Mag-Probe will detect a magnetic field as low as 1 Gauss.  For complete Mag-Probe Specifications Click Here . . . . . . . . 

Bartol Research continues to find new applications for the Mag-Probe and will update our blog with more information as it becomes available. 

“There is always a solution, we just have to want one.”

Bob Bartol – Inventor – Founder – CEO

Bartol Research


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About the Author

Bob Bartol has spent his whole life working with electronics in almost every capacity and spent many hours in Physics classes.

He currently holds 4 U.S. patents and has been making a living off one of the patents “The Bartol Mag-Probe” for over twenty years. Bartol Research’s Mag-Probe now has a global reach and is dramatically reducing trouble shooting downtime anywhere a solenoid valve. relay, or contactor is used.

F111 Air Force Projects – European Flight Competition
January 1968

Bob attended electronics school in the Air Force. Upon graduation he was assigned to a fighter wing in Germany. During his assignment he prepared seven aircraft for European competition. The fighter wings aircraft won the competition.

Bob then returned to the United States and taught advanced radar for two years.

Two years later, he returned to Europe. During this assignment, Air Force headquarters Europe selected Bob to open a Precision Measuring Equipment Laboratory (P.M.E.L) in England. It was the first of its kind in the Air Force.

Upon his return to the United States, Air Force headquarters assigned Bob to Air Force research command in Florida. This was strictly a scientific assignment for research and development.

After three years he moved from Eglin AFB in Florida to Edwards Air Force Base in California where he had direct contact with the National Bureau of Standards and supported research and development aircraft.

During this assignment, he designed a modification for the TF X fighter (F-111). This modification made possible an additional 9800 flying hours per year. The F111 was the first swing wing aircraft in history. General Dynamics completed the modification prior to acceptance by the U.S. Air Force.

Modification of F111 Aircraft
General Dynamics
March 1963

As a result of increasing this flying time Bob Received an award from Edwards Air Force Base for Increasing flying time of the F111 by 9,800 hours per year. The Award was Presented by Colonel Grumbles to TSGT Bob Bartol on June 17, 1963

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