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Prevent equipment problems before they occur

15 September 2017

Alfa Laval offers some preventive maintenance advice for its hygienic processing equipment. 

Wear and tear on processing equipment is natural. Regular servicing can ensure operational reliability and helps maintain performance. Preventive maintenance reduces unplanned stops, increases equipment lifetime and reduces workplace accidents. Consider the following:
For valves: Make regular service and maintenance on your valves for them to be able to perform optimally. The most cost-effective approach is following a simple preventive maintenance programme which will prolong the lifespan of your valves.
For rotary lobe pumps:  The oil level in the gearbox should be checked regularly and re-filled when necessary. Check the gearbox manual for its re-lubrication schedule.
Tank equipment: Regular maintenance, following agreed scheduled service intervals is advisable. This will ensure tank equipment in kept in good condition and will not be the cause of unscheduled downtime.
Centrifugal pumps: Check to make sure water has been connected so that the shaft seal does not run dry. Dry running will damage the shaft seal and could lead to a damaged pump.

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