Unfortunately, draft systems and industrial fans don’t always perform at maximum efficiency. Inefficiency can mean big losses for your plant, which makes draft fan assessments a necessity in order for the whole plant run at peak capacity. Below are five things to keep in mind for an effective draft fan assessment.
#1: Look for Leaks
Your existing equipment should be tested for weak spots, inefficient points, and leaks. This can be done with the help of computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Any leaks you can identify and repair could go a long way in helping your overall system perform at the appropriate level.
#2: Check the Small Stuff
“Small stuff” is a relative term, given the effect these areas can have on your system. Expansion joints, ductwork, and fan systems can all experience an energy drain that often goes overlooked, so a thorough assessment of these areas is essential.
#3: Evaluate the Big Picture
Stresses, harmonics, corrosion, abrasion, and temperature should all be assessed in order to develop the most efficient design for each component of your system. An optimal design allows for lower power requirements, increased capacity, and major cost savings.
#4: Be Proactive
One of the worst things a plant manager can do is let an inefficiency problem drag on without taking steps to address it. These problems will only get worse, which means increased inefficiency and more money lost over time. Fan draft assessments can identify potential cost savings solutions that will save you a lot of money and grief in the long run.
#5: Remember: Small Fixes Add Up Big
Fixing leaks, replacing old equipment, and making other “small” changes can make a huge difference in the overall performance of your plant. In fact, these savings can be calculated with a draft fan assessment from ProcessBarron. Contact us today for more information!