Rust Control: How to Protect Conveyors in Your Gulf Coast Manufacturing Facility
Saturday, September 22, 2018
The Gulf Coast is home to a wide range of manufacturing facilities, all of which rely on conveyors to move products through the manufacturing process. While conveyor systems offer improved productivity and enhance your ability to compete in a global market, they are subject to wear and tear over time and through normal use. The highly corrosive Gulf Coast environment also plays a role, and can foster the development and spread of rust throughout your facility, including on conveyors. Thankfully, there are several things you can do in the way of rust control to protect your equipment.
- Know Where to Look for Signs of Corrosion
Perhaps the single most important thing for facility maintenance managers and other stakeholders is to know where to look for signs of corrosion. Due to the amount of salt and water in the Gulf Coast environment, it is necessary to look beyond the obvious areas. Yes, corrosion can form on flat, obvious surfaces, but it is just as likely to form in hidden crevices tucked away out of sight that are often missed during the cleaning process. It is also important to recognize signs of corrosion on different types of materials – even plastic, rubber, and ceramic can corrode, which can be an indicator that there may be rust in other areas of the facility.
- Regular Inspections
On the heels of that first tip, you need to ensure you are inspecting your conveyors and other facility equipment on a regular basis. This is particularly important for manufacturers operating in the Gulf Coast area, as it can take very little time for rust and corrosion to form, particularly on equipment that has not been properly maintained throughout its lifespan. A full inspection of your conveyors should be an integral part of regular facility maintenance, and the results of all inspections should be recorded so you can track equipment condition over time.
- Regular Cleaning
Another vital tip for rust control is to invest in regular pressure cleaning services. In general, you will need to use high-pressure water and a specially formulated cleanser, although pressure levels and cleanser type will vary significantly by equipment type, the finish on the conveyor in question, and even the type of facility you operate. For instance, a company manufacturing electronics will have different cleaning requirements than a food production facility, which would in turn have dramatically different requirements than a facility focusing on the production of consumer-facing home furnishings.
Match your cleaning regimen, water pressure, and cleanser type to your facility’s unique needs, but make sure that your conveyors are cleaned on a regular basis. This should be done based on a preset schedule that allows you to take a proactive stance to maintenance, rather than a reactive stance.
Finally, be prepared to invest in repainting when necessary. Material handling causes damage to the finish on metal conveyor parts over time. Salt and humidity make their way into minor blemishes, eating into exposed metal and then reaching under the remaining finish material, causing it to bubble and flake. Investing in repainting your equipment offers an affordable alternative to replacing it due to corrosion and rust damage, saving you thousands of dollars per conveyor. Modern painting technology also provides robust protection against corrosive environments, such as that found around the Gulf Coast, allowing you to maximize your equipment investment.
In the end, rust control and corrosion prevention requires a proactive stance, knowledge of where to look for corrosion, and an understanding of modern painting technology and how it can benefit your facility. Painters USA offers commercial cleaning services as well as industrial painting to keep your facility in top condition. Contact us today at 1-800-999-8715.