All industrial equipment, regardless of its quality, will take damage from wear and tear, as well as from other sources, during their period of use. Even with consistent, regular maintenance, which significantly extends the lifespan of such equipment, repairs and even replacements will need to be done at one point or another. Automated valves that are used for the control of fluids throughout your facility, are no difference. Knowing when to replace them, and when simple repairs will work, will allow you to get better control over their condition, and will also save your business plenty of money in the long run on defective equipment and downtime.
The Dangers of Defective Valves
Before we can begin, we need to address the temptation to neglect the need for maintenance, repairs and replacements when it comes to automated valves. Fluid control systems are designed to maintain workplace safety during their operations. In order to do this, they need to disperse heat and pressure effectively throughout its design. When damages to the system undermine these processes, they can in fact become a hazard to property, personnel and equipment in the surrounding area due to built-up pressure and temperatures which pose a risk of damages. If you suspect, for any reason that your valves are malfunctioning, it is best to have them seen to immediately, even if it means suffering a little downtime.
Conducting Repairs and Maintenance
Not all instances of damages will require replacements; which is just as well, because in general, minor repairs work out quite a bit cheaper than replacements do. However, not every situation is suited to this approach.
This is especially true when they fail at inopportune times. Perhaps your production capacity is at its highest when it happens, leaving you in a situation where there is no room for downtime. A stitch in time, they say, saves nine, and so in these situations the most efficient answer may be temporary repairs.
The cost of repairs must be factored in as well. Your business may be in a position where it just isn’t viable to replace a component, in which case repairs may be ideal.
Of course there is also a cost associated with servicing a valve, both in terms of time and in resources. If the margin between these costs is impractically wide, then repairs might be your best option.
Having said that, taking a proactive approach to repairs will likely eliminate any immediate need for replacements; so keep a close eye on your facility’s equipment.
When to Replace Valves Altogether
Replacements are often necessary where repairs are consistently needed on troublesome components. You may find that the cost of constantly repairing an item will outweigh the cost of replacing it outright, in which case replacement is the better options.
Consider too, the specialised nature of the valve. Standard ones are generally cost-effective to replace; however, you may find that the particular component giving you trouble has different applications, and may even be more difficult to source. In these cases the cost to time and money can be fairly high, in which case it is better to keep these components in good quality than to constantly replace them.
Contact Fluid Control Services for Details
To find out more about how our team at Fluid Control Services can assist you with sourcing the right automatic valves for your facility, contact one of our representatives for details on our services or offers.