Industrial refrigeration, due to the vibration from the machinery and its frequent usage, will have parts break down fairly regularly as they wear out. Luckily, the rate at which the parts wear down can easily be predicted because the vibration damage normally occurs at the same rate every year or two. Because of the ease of determining when the parts are going to wear out, it is possible to determine exactly when maintenance needs to be performed. This is called predictive maintenance. There are three main advantages that are associated with using this maintenance method.
1. Reduces Maintenance Costs
Maintenance workers who specialize in industrial refrigeration are often booked solid for months. As a result, if a piece of the industrial refrigeration system should break down, it will cost extra money in order to get someone to come out and look at it within a few days. During the time when the company is waiting, whatever was being affected by the refrigeration system will either need to stop running or be moved to another system in order to keep it from overheating. By knowing exactly when a maintenance worker will need to come and look at the refrigeration system, it is possible to schedule the worker months in advance and not have to pay any extra fees to move up in the queue.
2. Makes the Compressor Last Longer
When a part of an industrial refrigeration system breaks down, it puts more stress on the compressor. Predictive maintenance is designed to determine exactly when part of the industrial refrigeration machine will break down and intercepting any worn down machinery before it occurs. This stops stress from being put on the compressor and therefore allows it to function for a longer period of time.
3. Increases the Safety of the Workspace
A great deal of industrial machines will overheat and malfunction if they are not regularly cooled. If the industrial refrigeration system should shut down, the machines could become dangerous to those around them because they might stop suddenly, causing workers come to a jarring halt because they are not anticipating the movement. An industrial refrigeration system also keeps the machinery from becoming too hot for workers to touch, as well as it from sparking.
By using predictive maintenance to stop problems before they occur, a company can keep its employees safe and save a great deal of money in the process.