Maintenance Tips & Tricks - 2000 - #5


Prefiltering air
Problem: Keeping fans and coils in machine tools and other equipment clean improves their operating efficiency and reduces maintenance expenses. Filters are typically installed by the original equipment manufacturer to remove dirt and other contaminants before they hit the fan or coil. Can more be done?

Solution: Add a second layer of protection to prefilter incoming air. Take rolls or pieces of polyester filter material and apply them to the outside perimeter of the air intake of the OEM muffinfan, coils, etc. Equipment operators can replace the material when it gets dirty, which is obvious because the filter material is available in light blue or white. Use Velcro (hook portion only) with an adhesive backing and apply it around the outside perimeter of the OEM filter or fan to hold the polyester material.

The prefilter keeps the OEM filter cleaner, extends its life dramatically, and reduces maintenance costs.

Contributor: Dick Evans, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Utica Corp., Whitesboro, NY; 315-768-8754

List of Tips & Tricks

Plant Engineering

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Choosing controllers: PLCs, PACs, IPCs, DCS? What's best for your application?; Wireless trends; Design, integration; Manufacturing Day; Product Exclusive
Variable speed drives: Smooth, efficient, electrically quite motion control; Process control upgrades; Mobile intelligence; Product finalists: Vote now; Product Exclusives
Machine design tips: Pneumatic or electric; Software upgrades; Ethernet advantages; Additive manufacturing; Engineering Leaders; Product exclusives: PLC, HMI, IO
This article collection contains the 5 most referenced articles on improving the use of PID.
Learn how Industry 4.0 adds supply chain efficiency, optimizes pricing, improves quality, and more.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again
Pipeline vulnerabilities? Securing hydrocarbon transit; Predictive analytics hit the mainstream; Dirty pipelines decrease flow, production—pig your line; Ensuring pipeline physical and cyber security