Preserving the functionality and efficiency of industrial plants is the first rule for the proper operation of any manufacturing activity, which must ensure that equipment performance remains high and avoids slowdowns to stay competitive.
Regular maintenance is the most crucial preventive tool also when it comes to feeding systems with mechanical orientators and vibratory feeding systems.
First, proper maintenance extends the machine’s life as much as possible; secondly, it increases the machine’s safety level and makes it possible to enjoy its high performance. For example, regular maintenance of vibratory feeders ensures better performance, quality, and safety. This also helps to reduce production costs.
Orientation plant maintenance allows correcting any output reductions due to the continuous use of the machine, for example, a drop in vibration. Regular preservation of machine efficiency also makes it possible to prevent the possible malfunctions of industrial vibrators, thus avoiding the need for costly repairs or replacements.
Being able to rely on adequate specialized technical support is essential to maintain the performance of industrial automation plants. For all the above reasons, SARG provides its customers with remote monitoring service, on-site technical support, and the direct sale of spare parts for its plants.
How does one carry out effective maintenance of industrial vibrators and orientation plants?
The number one rule is cleaning the production plants
This golden rule calls for cleaning industrial vibrators, primarily if a machine is used to orient plastic parts that release scraps. In this case, clean industrial equipment is essential because the material from which the parts to be oriented is made can frequently release material and color residues on the processing equipment. The color and temperature of the items also affect the feeding system performance, increasing the need for periodic cleaning.
In addition, there are applications where there is a significant accumulation of dust produced during the various processing stages. Even in this case, cleaning the production plants must be carried out meticulously and regularly to ensure machine performance.
For example, in coffee production companies where a powdered product is processed, the cleaning of industrial plants dedicated to the orientation of coffee capsules would have to occur more often if precautions to limit the spread of the coffee powder were not taken.
But how do you clean industrial plants for component orientation? In this case, special attention must be paid to the disc and segments of the orienter, but also its guides, channels, and generally all the sections where the product flows.
These procedures remain valid for cleaning any vibration plant that processes parts that release residues: it is evident, as already mentioned, that more frequent cleaning is necessary in these cases.
And how does one act when a reduction in vibratory force occurs? The first thing to do is to check the condition of the leaf springs because recalibration of the vibrating mass may also be required. To check the leaf springs, turn off the voltage, remove the protective guards and disassemble the spring units. At this point, check for any breakages; if any are present, replace the damaged springs. After that, it is necessary to reassemble the units into the same blocks from which they were removed.
The importance of monitoring specific parts for proper industrial maintenance
Monitoring the status of industrial plants means checking each of their specific parts. In many cases, the machine does not undergo the necessary inspections. In the case of orienters, for example, the sliding clutch that prevents possible breakage must be checked once every six months, and the bearings must also be greased with the same frequency.
Monitoring industrial machines is essential to prevent possible faults, resulting in production downtime with consequent monetary losses. It is only through carefully monitoring the industrial machines that it is possible to extend the life of plants and make them safer. The parts that need to be most closely monitored are those where the product flows because they are most affected by wear and tear.
Industrial process safety and cost savings
Those involved in industrial production are aware of the importance of constant and timely plant maintenance: among the main reasons is the possibility of reducing industrial costs. In fact, regularly maintained machinery can offer better performance and longer life over time, resulting in substantial monetary savings.
No need to point out that optimal performance corresponds to lower industrial production costs.
What is the frequency with which maintenance must be performed on circular vibrators? Usually, maintenance should occur between every 6 to 12 months, and this range must not be exceeded because the longer one waits, the greater the likelihood of reduced machine performance. Therefore, it is helpful to check the leaf springs frequently to see whether they need to be replaced.
In the case of plants operating at high performance 16 to 24 hours a day, it is recommended to supplement the in-house maintenance service with interventions carried out by the manufacturer’s expert technicians by entering into maintenance contracts for more frequent maintenance services.
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Industrial remote monitoring and support
For proper plant maintenance, remote monitoring is fundamental. This automation system consists of the industrial monitoring of machines remotely through data collection that allows the detection of their performance level.
If the performance drops, relying on timely and efficient support service performed by qualified staff is of great importance. To this end, SARG offers its customers technical support for industrial plants by phone, email, and, when necessary, specific on-site interventions.
An initial telephone support call helps troubleshoot the issue and offers solutions that the customer may try out immediately without waiting for the technician to arrive on-site, thus saving time. If it is not possible to resolve the issue remotely, a specialized technician stands ready to visit the customer’s facility to resolve the problem.
Contact us to receive more information on the remote monitoring and technical support services on the orientation plants we manufacture.