As the end of the year fast approaches (including winter weather and already scheduled shutdowns), there are a few key factors to keep in mind.
Whether it’s preparing equipment for cold temperatures or scheduling preventative maintenance, the below shutdown preparation steps can help you reduce operating expenses and downtime, increase efficiency and extend the life of your equipment.
Step 1: Prepare your facility and heat treatment equipment to handle winter conditions.
One aspect of this is winterizing the water system before outside temperatures drop to, or below the freezing point. This is especially important since most of us have heat exchangers installed outdoors. As highlighted in this past water system blog post, there are several key considerations to take into account during this process.
If you are located where below-freezing temperatures might be a possibility, capacity dampers and pan heaters will be required to operate in such temperatures. One alternative to electrical pan heaters is the remote location of the sump pump or a gravity-return (i.e., self-draining tank) system.
Step 2: Schedule necessary maintenance or furnace upkeep during the already planned shutdown.
Not only is this an ideal way to avoid disrupting or slowing down production, but it also helps get your equipment in tip-top shape for the start of year. When determining your maintenance needs, you should consider the following:
- Your production schedule, facility needs and manpower. Based on these factors, when is the ideal time to have maintenance performed?
- The condition of your furnace. What needs to be serviced and/or replaced so that your equipment continues operating at peak performance?
Step 3: Check your spare parts inventory and stock up on any depleted items.
Another way to start the coming year off right is by ensuring you have all the necessary critical parts on hand. Checking (and ordering) what is needed before the scheduled shutdown begins means you don’t start the year off with any unpleasant surprises that could lead to unplanned downtime.
Realized at the last minute you need to order parts? Take a look at our Quick Ship program, which offers 50 high-use, high-turnover replacement parts items you can order and receive with same-business-day shipment. Plus, you can order all these parts (and more) through the online Parts Quote form – making the process quick and easy.
Once you have performed these steps and have a better understanding of your maintenance needs, we recommend contacting and meeting with your Ipsen Regional Service Manager to discuss those needs and schedule any necessary preventative maintenance – which typically spans the course of two days (per furnace).
If you require further information or assistance, please call Ipsen’s Aftermarket Support Helpline at 1-844-Go-Ipsen (Toll Free: 1-844-464-7736; International: +1-815-332-2530) or email FieldService@IpsenUSA.com.