Don’t Let Missing Parts Shut Your Facility Down

May 1, 2018
David Long

Whether you’re manufacturing widgets or treating wastewater, shutdowns are bad for business. And there’s nothing more frustrating than having to take an entire facility offline while you wait for replacement fan parts to show up.

While you can’t plan for everything, there are four simple steps you can take to keep your fans — and your operation — running smoothly.

Stick to preventive maintenance routines

This may sound like a no-brainer, but you’d be amazed how many facilities let maintenance slide, only to pay dearly for it later. Schedule routine fan upkeep at least every 30 days, including belt tension tests, bearing checks, lubrication and more. If particulates or grit regularly gunk up your fans, you may even need to schedule service more often. These simple steps can help you get much longer lives out of your fan components, while significantly reducing your chances of breakdowns.

Build redundancy into your system

Consider doubling up on any fan that’s critical to your application. When two fans are assigned to vent the same area, one of them can be offline at any given time. This keeps you working if the online fan fails. In addition, it’s not a big deal to take either fan down for maintenance or repairs.

Keep critical spares on hand

Stocking duplicates of any fan parts critical to your operation can literally save you days of downtime. Extra belts, bearings and spare shafts will quickly pay for themselves the first or second time they prevent a shutdown. You can even order a spare parts package along with your fan to make sure you’re prepared from day one.

Know how to get replacement parts fast

Breakdowns happen in spite of the best precautions. But when they do, you can still get back to business faster by identifying the exact parts you need quickly. Having the model and serial numbers of your fan on hand is an excellent start. Taking a photo or two with a smartphone will also help your sales rep identify what you need faster.

In addition, Hartzell’s online replacement parts warranty portal contains information on every item we’ve sold since 2006. Registration is quick and easy, and you can use the system to find details for your fans’ specific parts just by entering their serial numbers.

To learn more, call your sales rep; you can also contact Hartzell Air Movement for a no-obligation consultation.