Preventative maintenance processes for water
Amber Carpenter, product specialist at Commercial Industrial Supply, explains why preventative maintenance plan is crucial to water treatment systems
Your water treatment system has a dirty job — probably the dirtiest in your facility. It’s tough, important work, and that means you should do all you can to keep it in proper working order. Here is a brief look at why a thorough preventative maintenance plan is crucial to your water treatment system, as well as some tips for doing it right.
Why should I make preventative maintenance a priority?
Preventative maintenance isn’t the most exciting part of the job, but it is one of the most important. By keeping ahead of painful, time-consuming repairs, you can save your business a significant amount of money. Here are five key reasons to implement a strategic preventative maintenance plan:
1. You can maximize output and quality. Whatever your business, quality is a top priority. The best way to ensure that you are operating at your absolute best is to check and double-check your water filtration system, performing regular preventative maintenance. It ensures your equipment is operating at 100 percent and that the end product (food processing and textiles, for example) are clean and of the highest quality.
2. You will save on long-term repair and maintenance. Compared with the costs of major repairs and replacements, preventative maintenance is a reasonable expense. Keeping equipment in top working order is the best way to get the most out of your system without sacrificing a major chunk of your budget to unexpected repairs.
3. You can get ahead of problems you might otherwise miss. Proactive maintenance is always better than reactive repairs — or worse, replacements. You don’t want to learn about a system problem when it’s too late, which is why you should make maintenance and inspection a part of your regular routine. You are far more likely to spot a problem in the early stages — when it can be corrected in a more cost-efficient manner — if you are constantly checking and maintaining your system.
4. You can ensure that key equipment stays online. A production shutdown is the ultimate waste of time and money for any business; what’s more — it is totally preventable. Frequent inspections and thorough preventative maintenance is your best way to ensure that equipment stays online and that your production schedule is not negatively impacted by sudden and unforeseen (and preventable) complications.
5. You minimize the need for equipment replacements. Over time, equipment replacements are unavoidable. That said, you can seriously reduce how often you need to do them by taking proper care of what you have while it’s still in top working order. Preventative maintenance extends the lifespan of your equipment, letting you get the most out of your investment.
What Industries benefit from preventative maintenance?
Countless industries and sectors should keep preventative water treatment maintenance as a part of their regular routine. Virtually any facility that deals in water is at risk of serious malfunction without proper maintenance procedures in place. Common fields include chemical and pharmaceutical, as well as food processing and textiles. Power plants, hospitals and water treatment plants should have rigorous maintenance plans. How often you implement preventative maintenance measures depends on your specific filtration functions, although it is common for annual, biannual, quarterly and monthly maintenance measures to be in place. In any industry, a consistent approach is the best way to avoid potentially expensive errors and system malfunctions.
What types of preventative maintenance should I be doing?
What exactly should you consider as you make your maintenance plan? In short, you can protect your equipment if you keep the following four areas in mind:
1. Filters. This includes filter cartridges, UV bulbs and other filtration media. Each should be replaced on a regular basis. In addition to a strict replacement schedule, you should be prepared to inspect each of these components to replace them earlier, if needed. These steps can go a long way toward keeping your system online longer.
2. Instruments. Water quality monitoring instrumentation requires constant calibration. If any of your instruments are off even slightly, it can have a huge negative impact on your entire system. Plan to check and calibrate all instruments on a regular, frequent basis to ensure your system is working at its fullest capacity.
3. Records. Everything should be documented. Over a long period of time, you might lose track of what’s “normal” within your system — which is why you should monitor and record everything that happens with your water treatment equipment. The more you can monitor long-term trends, the better you can spot the red flags before they become major issues for your facility.
4. Sanitation. Naturally, a filtration system must be kept clean and sanitary if it is to operate properly. Your system is constantly exposed to contaminants, in addition to regular wear and tear. For that reason, plan to do regular end-to-end sanitization.
Amber Carpenter is the Product Specialist at Commercial Industrial Supply, an online supplier of filtration products for a wide range of liquid handling and industrial filtration needs. Amber works with facility managers to get them new equipment that fits their needs.
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