All too often, issues with a centrifuge’s separation process aren’t related to the centrifuge itself, but instead with the components around it. When it comes to troubleshooting and diagnosing a process problem, some technicians look to the machine first, but this is not the most efficient or effective way to go about things.
When you're familiar with centrifuges, you'll see they are simple machines. They do one job, and when they're properly outfitted and operated, they do that one job extremely well. Our training and consulting services educate owners and operators on how to successfully run their equipment and optimize their separation process.
Before we dive into the role air pressure plays in centrifuge performance, it’s important to point out that air pressure is just one factor out of many. In other words, air pressure is important, but it’s not the whole picture. With that being said, here’s a look at how air pressure impacts centrifuge separators.
It’s pretty common for customers and clients to ask me how long their centrifuges should last, and the truth is, the answer depends on how well they’re maintained. The length of time a centrifuge remains operational is significantly impacted by whether or not it receives those major and minor services that are recommended by manufacturers (and in some instances required by insurance companies or industry guidelines).
Time is one of those things we never seem to have enough of. Even (or should I say especially) facilities that run 24 hours a day could use more time. Sometimes, the need to get more and more done in the same number of hours can make it even more difficult to make time for maintenance. Pausing operations for preventative care can be stressful, but ignoring those needs can lead to an even greater loss of time and productivity.
If your centrifuge separator isn’t running at peak efficiency, you’re leaving dollars on the table. Simple as that. Depending on the product you’re running and the overall setup of your process, the variables that can cause your separator to underperform are countless. But, luckily for you and the material you run, there are some steps you can take. What I’ll be covering today are a few easy-to-spot signs that your separator is underperforming and what you can do about it.
Keeping separation equipment running and functioning at optimal levels is critical to many applications, and working with a qualified service provider can make all the difference. Here are five things to look for when you’re choosing a centrifuge service provider.
In many facilities, the centrifuge is critical to daily operations. And if separation equipment is not running at its best, other parts of the production process are impacted. In the event of a breakdown, catastrophic or not, the entire facility is affected. Having a qualified service technician inspect and maintain your equipment can keep your production pace moving and help you avoid costly downtime.
If you’re a large dairy company that requires centrifuge service, know that you can get those needs met by Separators, Inc. While it’s true we’re not an OEM, we’re not working out of somebody’s garage either. We are a full-scale company, headquartered in Indianapolis, IN, and we have centrifuge service technicians positioned all across the United States. We want you to consider us as your service provider not only because of our service and expertise, but because of our attention to safety and insurance needs as well.
In just a few short days, I’ll be attending the 2018 International Cheese Technology Expo. This event, which takes place April 17-19 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, WI, is an opportunity for attendees to increase their understanding of, exposure to, and expertise in the cheese industry. The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association describes the event like this: