It’s delivery day! A new furnace is arriving at your facility, and you are ready. You’ve familiarized yourself with all the items to consider prior to shipment and addressed each one. Now your furnace is here, and you’re excited to get it up and running.
Before you jump right in, though, we’ve provided some key steps you should address during the installation process. Doing so will help ensure the process goes smoothly and your new equipment runs as expected.
Remove the furnace from the truck.
First, determine the order for offloading the equipment. You want to be able to place it on the shop floor in an order that doesn’t require you to rearrange the equipment once it’s off the truck. As you walk through this process, make sure to inspect all of the equipment to make sure no damage occurred during shipment.
Place it on the shop floor.
Be sure to leave enough space for your equipment so cabinet doors can fully open. Also, remember to leave room for maintenance personnel to access all sides of the furnace. Operators will need adequate space for material handling and loading/unloading of parts.
You can find the connection types and sizes in the equipment arrangement drawings provided. If your manufacturer did not provide these, contact your manufacturer so they provide the necessary drawings. Basic connections include electrical, cooling water and gas. Other connections may also be needed depending on the furnace.
Start up the furnace.
Ipsen recommends that customers do not start up a furnace on their own. There are many important steps involved and forgetting even one of them can be catastrophic for your furnace. For example, not checking to be sure your hearth system is level and adjusted can cause a braze to melt and puddle, damaging your parts and hot zone. In addition, something as small as ensuring the grafoil spacers are installed between the heating elements can mean the difference between a smooth start-up and having your elements arc and burn.
Once the furnace is ready to be started – meaning everything is in place and connected – contact your manufacturer. They can send out a fully trained service technician to complete this step.
Ipsen’s Field Service Engineers can assist with the start-up of any brand of furnace. During their visit, they will:
- Inspect the furnace and all connections to ensure they are properly connected
- Run several tests to verify the furnace is in the same working order as when it was tested before it left Ipsen’s facility
- Train your operator and maintenance personnel on how to use the furnace
Once the furnace is started up and working properly, you should run any mandatory compliance specification tests that you may need for your process or industry, such as AMS 2750, Nadcap or MedAccred.
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We recommend reading your furnace manual for a better understanding of how your furnace functions. This manual is also a great reference tool for when future questions arise.
Also, consider the benefits of purchasing a spare parts kits for frequently used replacement items. Having high-use parts on hand can help you avoid unnecessary downtime, as well as help keep your furnace running smoothly. Along with keeping spare parts on hand, it’s a good idea to create a preventative maintenance (PM) plan so you can schedule your maintenance needs at predetermined intervals. Ipsen can create a custom PM plan for you, or you can use these checklists as a guide when creating your own.
For any questions and needed technical support, there are several resources available – such as Ipsen’s Aftermarket Support Helpline: 1-844-Go-Ipsen. Ipsen also offers comprehensive training classes so you can gain a better understanding of not only your new furnace, but also of heat treatment processes and best practices.