Issues in your production line can lead to expensive downtime (and cause major long-term problems). While stopping an issue before it happens is the best way to protect your investments, troubleshooting your operations isn’t always easy.
Centrifuges are an essential part of every dairy plant — without them, we wouldn’t have many of the dairy products sold on shelves today.
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 under perform are countless.
Centrifuge equipment failure is an abrupt and hazardous event that can halt your operations at a moment’s notice. While this equipment failure may seem sudden, there are a few telltale signs that something in your centrifuge is not working the way it should.
A dirty centrifuge can cause a host of severe problems, ranging from product contamination to costly equipment damage.
Centrifuges are massive, powerful machines, and they operate in a very simple and consistent manner. Centrifuges are built to last. But just like any piece of equipment, they eventually reach the end of their usable life. And like most pieces of equipment, routine maintenance and service will make a centrifuge’s usable life longer.
Centrifuge care and maintenance isn't something that comes naturally to most. Instead, it’s a skill that takes time to develop. I've been working with centrifuge equipment for decades, and I’ve worked with countless individuals who needed training on the basics of centrifuge service and maintenance because if you don’t know, you don’t know. So if you’re new to centrifuge equipment or if you’re just looking for a refresher, I've prepared the following list of ways anyone can increase their proficiency with this equipment.
Is your centrifuge currently driven by a fluid or friction clutch? While clutch-driven centrifuges used to be the standard, those days have come and gone. Now, direct drive systems are what everyone wants. They provide numerous benefits, which I’ll cover below.
When it comes to getting the most out of your centrifuge, a great place to start is by taking an honest look at your separation process. Centrifugal separation is complex, to say the least. Every process differs based on countless variables all working together. Still, when you break things down to their simplest forms, you’ll find that separation processes as a whole all depends on similar variables.
By servicing centrifuge equipment all across the United States, we’ve come to know these machines really well. After all, Separators is the largest independent centrifuge service provider in the U.S. We work on (and remanufacture) machines from all the major OEMs and we’ve developed an expertise that allows us to help customers — and facilities — operate at peak efficiency.