Industrial blowers are used for a wide variety of applications, including ventilation, boilers, refrigeration units, cooling, material handling and dust collection. You can help to improve the efficiency of your industrial blower systems, so here are some ideas to get you started.
Checking for visible signs of loss of function
Some problems, such as rust, are easily identified, but it is not always quite so easy to spot when something is going wrong. Whether a faulty blower or a problem with a vacuum conveyor, sometimes it takes a trained specialist to pinpoint the problem. Don’t hesitate to request professional advice if you suspect there is something wrong.
Reliability Web offers advice on calculating whether to replace or repair faulty machinery; however, a better solution would be to keep an eye out for problems before they reach critical point.
Sudden increase in operating costs
A sudden rise in operating costs can be an early warning sign of problems, so keep an eye on this so that you can easily identify inconsistent costs. Perhaps an incorrect fan has been selected, or the operation may be using incorrect pressure ranges. You may even find that a fan has been in use when there is no need for it, potentially costing the company money that could be better spent elsewhere.
High noise levels
High noise levels could be an indication that your blowers are oversized for the task, or perhaps that you are utilising the incorrect type of blower application.
Poor or inadequate air flow
If you struggle to adjust production flow rates, it could be that there is insufficient air flow. Perhaps your system needs balancing, or possibly the duct configuration is not as effective as it could be. Problems with air flow or your Vacuum Conveyor really need specialist attention, so call in the professionals as a matter of urgency.
Blower not rotating
A non-rotating blower could be down to rust in the impeller chamber, which is easy to fix yourself; alternatively, it could be caused by damage to the motor winding or improper connections with the wiring, which requires specialist attention.
Blower temperature too high
Excessive blower temperatures can be caused by a dirty air filter, operating speeds that are too low, or a worn impeller that needs replacing.