If it’s been a while since you last took inventory of all your gear, schedule some time to do so in the coming days. While you’re at it, remember to look for the three following signs of decay.
By spotting any issues now, you can save yourself downtime or expensive repairs later on in the year.
Cracking. Closely take a look at all piping, joints, valves, and connectors. If you’re running petroleum, chemicals, or other fluids through your manufacturing facility the liquids wear the equipment down, similar to how water carves a canyon. Cracking is a sure sign that damage is taking place, and will eventually lead to a leak or worse.
Leaks or Drips. Drips and leaks happen from time-to-time, but outdoor ones are often harder to spot than those on the manufacturing floor. Keep an eye out for any noticeable build-up of fluid. When leaks are present, liquids tend to pool near those areas. In addition, keep an eye out for plants or bushes that are dying or affecting by your facility. Brown or sickly plants can cue you into leaks or structural problems.
Fading or Erosion. Are the handles on your valves or gauges in need of a paint job. Are the pipes, pumps, or valves rusting, chipping or breaking down. These are also clues that it’s time to upgrade your gear.
Whatever you do, don’t wait for a disaster or emergency situation to strike. The quicker you can replace or repair the critical components of your manufacturing operation, the better you’ll be able to handle the next challenge that arises. The team here at Rust Automation and Controls can help.