Time is critical when equipment goes down. When a pump seal starts to leak, the pump is frequently opened on the floor and the parts are replaced. This practice can be bolstered when combined with thorough, regular scheduled maintenance programs. Sometimes the workload can get so large that regular maintenance can slide, and then there are always fires to put out to add to the distractions.
When maintaining a pump, it is recommended to remove it from the line and fully disassemble it. Parts should be checked for excessive wear and all of the parts in the kits replaced. Not only on the wet end, but inspect the motor shaft and motor as well. If the motor bearings and shaft are not checked, the runout could be out of spec and the hundreds of dollars of new parts that are put in the wet end can be ruined within minutes—not to mention that those parts could end up in the product!
Also be sure to remove all rust from cast iron or carbon steel backplates and pump adapters.
Effectively caring for your cutlery can help maximize its performance and extend its life. Below is a list of our recommendations.
After each use, carefully wash cutlery by hand with warm water and mild- to medium-strength soap; rinse and thoroughly dry with a soft towel.
Knives should NOT be placed in automatic dishwashers. The blade edges can dull from rubbing against each other, and caustic detergents can cause staining and pitting of the blade.
Cutlery should NOT be soaked for long periods or submerged for cleaning. Galvanic action, the transfer of electrons from one metal to another, may occur if cutlery is soaking in aluminum pans or stainless steel sinks, which can cause pitting on the blades.
Avoid Chlorine & Bleach Products
There is a tendency for chlorine and bleach products to discolor
There are many options when looking at the bristles in your broom's material including stiffness, color, and flagged or unflagged bristles.
Both flagged and unflagged brooms have applications within facilities. Choosing the correct one can make your clean-up job easier.
Flagged—Bristle ends look like split hairs. These bristles are ideal for sweeping up fine powders or debris in dry areas. When used in wet applications it is common for these bristles to become matted-up and dirty.
Unflagged—Bristles are commonly used in wet applications and are ideal for larger debris. They will not, however, sweep up the fine debris as effectively as a flagged bristle will.
Employees can track in a myriad of potential contaminants and unknowingly put an operation at risk each time they breeze through a doorway to a production area. The effective use of a Disinfectant Mat™ provides a significant defense against cross-contamination. As employees step onto the mats, footwear is cleaned and sanitized. This barrier can help stop cross-contamination in its tracks.
Some plant managers complain that employees don't use them. Others say that they don't get cleaned out often enough or, the sanitizing solution loses effectiveness, creating a source of contamination. Yes, these things can happen but they don't have to, as each of these problems have a simple answer.
Combustible Dust is defined as a finely divided combustible particulate solid that presents a flash fire hazard or explosion hazard when suspended in air or the process-specific oxidizing medium over a range of concentrations. What exactly does that mean; essentially combustible dust is any fine material that has the ability to catch fire and explode when mixed with air.
Selecting the right wheel and caster is vital for performance across various applications. Diverse wheel materials offer distinct advantages. Performa Rubber wheels, with a non-marking elastomer tread, provide a smooth, quiet, and durable ride. Duralastomer Polyurethane is a solid, durable option with a one-piece design, eliminating bonding failures. Glass Filled Nylon combines steel load capacity with high impact strength, washability, and steam cleanability. Polyolefin, light with superior impact strength, resists chemicals and protects floors. Phenolic wheels excel in quiet operation, floor protection, and resistance to impacts, chemicals, and steam. HiTech Polyurethane prevents debonding, offering chemical resistance and durability. Stainless Steel casters endure corrosive environments. Standard Duty handles up to 900 pounds with zinc-plated finish, double-hardened raceways, and versatile wheel options. General Utility casters, for medium-duty applications, handle up to 250 lbs with
In the realm of food processing, effective pest control stands as a paramount necessity to preempt costly shut-downs. Enter Insect-O-Cuter®, offering a meticulously designed three-phase system aimed at achieving optimal results in flying insect elimination within industrial settings. The first phase involves strategically placing units at the perimeter to intercept flying insects immediately after entry. The second phase introduces supportive Insect-O-Cutor® units along probable insect flight paths, protecting sensitive areas where contamination is a concern. The third phase places Insect-O-Cutor® units as a final interception outside crucial zones like processing and food preparation areas. The accompanying map guides the implementation of this comprehensive pest control strategy. Noteworthy considerations include the strategic placement of units in stairwells and elevators to address natural insect pathways. The provided FAQ section sheds light on various aspects, from the
Centrifugal pump cavitation can be described as the formation and eventual collapse or implosion of vapor bubbles inside a pump.
A primary cause for cavitation is inadequate net positive suction head available (NPSHa). Poor NPSH leads to lower liquid pressure in the pump and if pressure in the eye of the impeller falls below the vapor pressure of the fluid, then cavitation can begin. When this takes place, the following can occur:
Pitting on impeller blades.
Mechanical seal failure.
Preventing this type of pump cavitation may require several changes in system design or operations. Increasing pressure at the suction of the pump, decreasing the temperature of the liquid being pumped, and reducing head losses in the pump suction piping can increase the NPSH.
Implosion of vapor bubbles that form within the liquid inside a pump is what causes
Prevent premature Washdown hose wear and failure. Washdown hoses are often subjected to physical abuse while in service. Select a hose that meets or exceeds the application it is intended for.
Consider temperature, pressure, and environmental concerns such as abrasion and chemical resistance. Every plant should have a maintenance/inspection plan in place to ensure the longest possible life of the hose.
Be sure to consider these steps in your plan:
Store hose properly when not in use. Hose racks or reels are highly recommended to keep hoses off the floor and out of harms way. Pay attention to humidity, temperature, ozone and sunlight. Storing out of direct sunlight, in a room with moderate humidity and a temperature range of 50° to 75°F is recommended.
Always shut off the water supply to the hose when not in use and open the nozzle to relieve the pressure before storing. Leaving water in the hose subjects it to constant pressure