Happy New Year! As we head into a new year many of us resolve to be less stressed, more efficient and in the best shape of our lives. Those same resolutions can often be applied to capital equipment. So while you are setting those goals to improve your well-being in 2016, let us review the ways we can improve the life of our equipment. A few simple preventative maintenance items can make 2016 your continuous barge unloader’s best year yet.Read More
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Maintenance involves any actions that are necessary to conserve the condition of a piece of equipment to achieve its maximum useful life, while compensating for normal wear and tear. Routine operations are performed to both keep the device in working order and prevent trouble from arising. Different machines often have their own best practices and maintenance schedules that are unique to their own operation. Similarly, upgrades are the replacements of mechanical or electrical systems with a newer or better version, in order to bring the entire system up to date and improve its overall functionality.Read More
A New Year's resolution is a decision a person makes on the first day of a year that will somehow improve themselves. Despite being a mainly Western tradition, there is evidence that people as far back as the ancient Babylonians practiced this annual ritual, with promises to return borrowed objects and pay debts. The most common reasons for failing to follow through on resolutions are unrealistic goals or simply forgetting about them. One very realistic resolution that should never be forgotten is the correct maintenance of an industrial dryer.
Much of a maintenance program’s effectiveness stems from keeping accurate maintenance records for an industrial dryer and using that record for planning. That planning entails recording the dryer’s performance and normal operating conditions and scheduling dryer inspections and regular preventive maintenance. This record can be used when deciding whether to repair, rebuild or replace an older dryer.
The increasing sophistication and cost of dryers used for bulk solids handling operations make rotary dryer maintenance very complex, which can affect your operation's profit. Haphazard recordkeeping can hinder any industrial dryer maintenance program, which can eventually impair the dryer's operating efficiency and even reduce production. To make maintenance for a process dryer more effective, establish and maintain a record of all information concerning your dryer's operation and maintenance.
Few things are built to last these days. Even fewer are built to last a century. Heyl & Patterson recently provided replacement parts for equipment built in 1913. To put that in perspective, when that particular machine went into service, the Ford Motor Company had introduced the first moving assembly line, the Lincoln Highway became the first road to cross the United States and the modern zipper had just been invented.
In order to be useful for several decades, Rotary Railcar Dumpers must be properly maintained. Heyl & Patterson offers replacement parts and upgrade services, for our own products as well as for those made by other manufacturers. In addition to increasing the life of a dumper, upgrades and replacement parts make the work environment safer and elevate a dumper’s performance and efficiency, saving time and money.
Custom upgrades are one way to ensure the long life of a dumper. Heyl & Patterson can convert an existing dumper into one capable of handling heavier loads more easily and securely. Upgrades also permit dumper owners to better plan and provide for capital expense efficiencies by identifying parts that need replacement, rather than necessitating a more extreme overhaul in the case of an emergency repair.
Dumper upgrades include a full array of field-tested enhancements that customers can use once or on a continual or as-needed basis, in order to accommodate heavier loads with greater reliability and reduced maintenance costs. Several innovative designs permit a more uniform spread of weight, which decreases the potential for future problems while extending dumper life.
Mechanical upgrades increase dumper reliability as they decrease the possibility of an unexpected breakdown. Electrical upgrades are engineered to ensure peak performance, smoother operation, and reduced wear with added safety features.
In addition to upgrades, proper maintenance is essential to ensuring durability and longevity. Proper maintenance includes periodic inspections to ensure operating efficiency. These inspections catch problems in their initial stages before they become catastrophic, and they identify necessary upgrades.
Necessary inspections include visual, mechanical, structural and electrical evaluations. Inspections evaluate the need for adjustment, maintenance, monitoring and/or replacement. Heyl & Patterson's four-part process comprises a comprehensive inspection program. These steps include:
- A review of the dumper’s inspection history and maintenance program, including a list of recommended spares in inventory, as well as problems and concerns
- A visual inspection of the structural integrity of mechanical components, focusing on critical adjustments and key components
- Observation of normal operating conditions to identify critical issues and to recommend required tune-ups
- A handwritten report of the inspection results, and a more formal follow-up that clearly explains exactly what was inspected, problems detected and recommended solutions
In addition to an inspection service, Heyl & Patterson offers field service as a portion of its maintenance services in order to extend the life of a dumper. Field services include consultation on parts installations, outage planning, maintenance recommendations, upgrades and start-up assistance. In addition, Heyl & Patterson offers engineering studies to monitor equipment and maintain peak operating performance, reliability, and life of the equipment. With proper maintenance and upgrades, a dumper can last more than a lifetime.
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