Rotary kilns are an essential component of many industrial systems, which means that maintaining and protecting them is extremely important. A properly maintained rotary kiln will assist with process efficiency and will help to extend equipment life, which can help reduce costly repairs. When they’re taken care of the right way, most rotary kilns have very little downtime.
However, because of the demanding conditions of the inside of a rotary kiln, there are certain things that can wear down and cause issues. Let’s take a look at a few of the signs that you may need rotary kiln maintenance.
Refractory Degradation or Rotary Kiln Damage
In order to operate efficiently, a rotary kiln depends on its refractory liner. This maintains the kiln’s proper interior temperature and protects the kiln’s shell from those high temperatures. However, these liners can degrade over time and may cause your rotary kiln to lose efficiency. There’s also the risk of thin or damaged areas becoming distorted by heat. In order to detect these weaknesses before they become problems, a qualified technician should perform routine inspections in order to make repairs or replace problematic areas as necessary.
Burner Replacement or Maintenance
Even with high-quality burners, some parts–like the nozzle, cone, or sensors may need to be replaced. For older rotary kilns, a burner upgrade may be necessary. Burner technology is always improving, and so it may be worth looking at upgrading if it means greater efficiency and production.
General Rotary Kiln Parts and Maintenance
In many ways, rotary kilns are very similar to other rotary drum equipment, which means that some of the same preventative maintenance procedures can be used. This includes:
- Lubrication of bearings
- Rechecking backlash
- Changing gearbox oil
We also supply several rotary kiln parts, including seal leaves, material/air values, and more. There are also things that should be done by a specialist, including annual inspections, spare part planning and procurement, tire and wheel grinding, and more. Contact us to learn about our inspection and installation services.
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Our experts can help you perform routine rotary kiln maintenance, replace worn-out parts, and keep your plant up and running 24/7/365. Contact us today for more information.