Many organizations still view preventative maintenance as an unnecessary expenditure that costs time and resources.
In most cases, reactive maintenance will end up costing a company more due to unplanned downtime. Every time machinery goes down for maintenance, companies lose money from employee wages (workers have to wait for the equipment to be fixed or maintenance to be completed) and from products (they cannot be produced when equipment is down). Preventive maintenance can save your company money.
Clean air at work can save you money and boost profits.
Developing a preventative maintenance schedule with clean air in mind can save your company and boost profits.
In production-focused facilities, output has a direct impact on profits. Each time production is stopped or reduced, you lose money from both employee wages (who are forced to wait for the line to resume) and from products (employees can’t produce when the equipment is unavailable). In the case of industrial fume extractors, this can be as simple as replacing filters during scheduled maintenance and avoiding the risk of having to do a filter swap during production periods.
Boost operational efficiencies
Equipment that’s properly and routinely maintained runs optimally. When machinery runs more efficiently, less energy and resources are needed. When it comes to fume extractors, this means keeping your filters clean and even replacing filters during scheduled maintenance. As filters remove particulates from the air, they become clogged, which reduces airflow. To make up for this difference, motors have to use more energy to maintain the consistent airflow necessary. Thus, by being proactive with replacing filters, you save on energy costs. Air filters can account for up to 50% of total pressure drops, imagine how much more energy it costs as your extractor works harder to keep the airflow up!
Increase equipment lifespan
Every piece of equipment has a lifespan, which is directly affected by how it operates, how it is used, and whether it’s regularly maintained. Implementing a preventive maintenance program extends the lifespan of your equipment by helping to identify and resolve potential issues before they have a chance to become a problem.
There are many ways that clean air at work can also provide indirect savings.
Improve employee health and wellness
Metal fume fever is a common sickness amongst metalworkers due to their regular exposure to toxic fumes. As we discovered previously, a worker can’t produce while production lines are down. Similarly, a worker can’t produce while they’re sick. Investing in fume extraction equipment can help reduce their exposure to toxic fumes, thereby keeping them healthier, and improving their concentration while reducing sick days from metal fume fever. Reducing an employee’s exposure to carcinogenic substances also has the long-term benefit for companies by reducing their own risk of costly lawsuits.
If local regulations allow, we recommend investing in a fume extraction system for your facility that recirculates air. Facility air is expensive to heat or cool and exhaust systems, which vent to the outside environment are throwing money away. You can save on energy costs by properly filtering the offending particulates from the air and then recirculating the clean air in your facility.
When choosing your fume extraction equipment, keep in mind the needs of your facility. We outline some tips below to help get you started.
Many of the products on our site utilize automatic start/stop technology. This turns the fume extractor on when the welder begins their work and stops the fume extractor when the welder needs to reposition or is finished. Energy savings and clean air!
Look for equipment that satisfies and meets the requirements of your facility. That could mean portable and mobile extractors due to the shifting dynamics of your facility, or stationary extractors if floor space is limited.
In some shops, source extraction may not be possible. Fear not, clean air is still possible for you! If you think your facility is such an operation, we’re here to help. Contact us today for industrial solutions for ambient filtration.
Keep in mind that you don’t need to have either source extraction or ambient filtration. For optimal clean air at work in a large facility, you might want a combination system. Our sales team can help you with that.
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