Tips for Handling (and Preventing) Hot Weather Equipment Failure

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), heat stroke is the most serious heat-related disorder and occurs when the body can no longer control its temperature. However, as a business owner you know that there is also the danger that valuable machines will overheat in the summer as well. Our coil heaters, band heaters, ring heater, hot air heater etc are products that can help businesses stay productive and avoid the loss of time and money during the heat of summer. However, part of protecting valuable equipment from extreme weather lies with you. In this article, we’ll list some tips for keeping your equipment up and running during the heat of summer.

Protect equipment from temperature extremes: Are your machines in the direct sunlight? Are they in an un-air-conditioned part of your factory? If the answer to these questions is “yes” they you may be headed for a heat related breakdown. Try providing shade for equipment that is prone to overheating and place these kinds of machines in an air-conditioned part of your business whenever possible. 

Troubleshoot the equipment: One important step is to properly diagnose any problems that do occur with a machine that has overheated. This should be done with the goal of getting the machine up and running as soon as possible so as not to slow down productivity. Often, if a particular malfunction has occurred and has been diagnosed in the past, then the whole troubleshooting process can be shortened considerably. Trouble shooting should involve: 

  • Verifying that a problem exist
  • Narrowing down the cause(s)
  • Correcting the problem
  • Work to prevent future issues

Use remote monitoring: One of the easiest things a manager can do is to monitor machine temperature remotely. If there is an odd spike in temperature that serves as a red flag for potential faults or defects elsewhere in the machine this can ultimately help catch a larger failure before it happens.

Finally, many problems that involve heat product related breakdown are caused by owners failing to protect their equipment. On our site, we will help you choose the right equipment for your industry and for the machine (s) you need to keep up and running.