Category: Equipment Maintenance

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How to Stay on Top of Dairy Equipment Maintenance

An image of cows at a dairy production plant.

Have you or someone you know gone too long without getting an oil change? Although it can be a little bit of a hassle, getting your oiled changed saves you from major headaches down the road. The same principle is true for dairy equipment. Staying on top of all your dairy equipment maintenance needs helps ensure your business keeps running smoothly.

And with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in full force across the country, your dairy equipment might be working overtime. If you’ve been to the grocery store lately, you may have noticed that eggs, milk, yogurt and other dairy products are in short supply. And your business’ production could even be hard pressed to keep up with demand.

During this unprecedented time, it’s important to keep up with your dairy equipment maintenance. One of the last things you need right now is a piece of stainless-steel dairy equipment breaking down. In this post, we’re going to give you some tips on how you can stay on top of your dairy equipment maintenance.… Read more

The Truth About Epoxy vs. Enamel Paint for Your Plant Equipment

Stainless steel tanks inside a pharmaceutical factory

When it comes to looking for stainless steel tanks for your business, there are plenty of things to consider. From type, size, and even orientation, it takes the right know-how to choose what’s best for you.

However, there’s one factor that is often overlooked: whether you use enamel paint or epoxy on your tanks. The distinction between the two can get a little confusing, but it’s important to choose the right coating.

Why? Because it can directly play into the longevity of your equipment. Given the value a tank has to your business, it is critical to ensure that the right coating is applied to set you up for success.

Let’s take a look at the difference between epoxy vs. enamel paint, so you can learn what direction is best for your business equipment.

Enamel Basics

Let’s kick things off with some basics. Enamel paint is often manufactured with Alkyd Resins, which means it is easy on the equipment when applied.… Read more

Food Safety First: Upgrading Your Food Processing Equipment

A newly upgraded milk pasteurization system in a dairy processing plant.

If you’re ready to add a new piece of food processing equipment to your production facility, or it’s time to renovate your operations, there are many sanity standards and food safety considerations you’ll need to address to protect the integrity of your product and the safety of your personnel.

To upgrade your industrial food processing equipment and maintain your food safety standards, pay attention to the following:

1. Impact of food processing equipment upgrades on traffic flow

2. Use of food-safe equipment in all areas affected by the construction and renovations

3. Potential impact on nearby food production lines not part of the retrofit

Stick around and we’ll dig into each of these important food processing equipment upgrade considerations in more detail.

1. Impact of Food Processing Equipment Upgrades Can Impact Traffic Flow

When renovating a food processing facility or installing new food processing equipment, expect the flow of foot traffic through the facility to change.… Read more

How to Prevent Food Processing Equipment Breakdowns

A worker records notes in her equipment maintenance log.

Stainless steel tanks. Centrifugal pumps. Filling and packaging machines. Heat exchangers. What do these types of food processing equipment have in common? They’re all susceptible to normal wear and tear. Some wear is cosmetic and doesn’t affect performance or the integrity of your product. Other wear, however, can be an early warning sign of equipment failure. In this post, we’ll share our easiest maintenance tips for preventing food processing equipment breakdowns and reducing costly downtime.

Routine Maintenance Beats Routine Equipment Failure

Keeping up with the regular maintenance of your food processing equipment takes time out of your day. No doubt about it. And, while you may be able to skip a few spot-checks here and there, eventually it could catch up with you. So, the simplest, easiest thing you can do to help prevent equipment breakdown is to follow the manufacturer’s recommended preventative maintenance schedule. Often, that means regularly inspecting and lubricating parts, swapping worn components with new ones and keeping a detailed equipment maintenance log of what was done and when.… Read more

Reconditioned Positive Displacement Pumps

Peanut butter. Jellies and jams. Salsa. Latex paints. These are thick, highly viscous products that can put your equipment under heavy load. If your company relies on positive displacement pumps to push high-viscosity products like these from one storage tank to another, you can’t afford to take unnecessary chances with flimsy equipment that isn’t up to the task. But, before you contact your Alfa-Laval, Viking or WCB dealer, have you considered the advantages of a high-quality reconditioned positive displacement pump?

Positive Displacement PumpStay with us as we explore the advantages of choosing a quality reconditioned positive displacement pump, and the multi-stage process we use to ensure customers get a product they can trust.

Strength and Reliability Under Load

Whether you need to replace a worn out positive displacement pump, or you need additional pumps to expand your production line, you obviously want high-quality equipment. But, getting a reliable positive displacement pump doesn’t have to cost your company an arm and a leg.… Read more