Signs That Your Equipment Needs Degreasing

Monday, September 23, 2019

You work hard – and so does your industrial equipment. Without your various tanks, heavy machinery, pipes, electronics, and industry-specific gear, your facility wouldn’t be able to produce much of anything. In this way, your equipment as a whole is one of your most vital investments. As such, it requires the best care and industrial cleaning solutions.

However, knowing how and when to take care of your gear can pose a challenge, especially amid the hustle of daily operations. How can you stay on top of every piece of equipment and maintain awareness of the various issues each one may face? Grease, for instance, can build up inside a number of industrial applications, damaging the equipment and posing health and safety risks. Let’s go over some of the considerations and signs that might suggest your equipment needs degreasing.

You Work with Food Products

If you run a food processing plant or agricultural facility, your equipment is especially susceptible to grease build-up. Many food products contain oils and fats that, over time, can congeal and coat the linings of your equipment. Your facility most likely contains grease traps and other methods for getting rid of this material, but even trace remnants can cause problems in the long run.

Of course, food items aren’t the only causes of grease. Even if your industrial facility has nothing to do with food or agriculture, your gear might still require degreasing. Chemicals like coolants and motor oil, for instance, can really lube up your gear for the worse.

Your Equipment isn’t Functioning Well, or At All

Factories and plants feature many moving parts, so an equipment failure can come about for a number of reasons. However, an overabundance of grease could very well be the culprit of a malfunction. If one of your machines starts acting up, it’s worth conducting a thorough investigation to determine the problem. 

As you poke around, you may find that your equipment requires deep cleaning services to remove all that grease. And even if grease wasn’t the main issue, degreasing your gear is always a good idea, as it will prevent further problems and increase your gear’s lifespan. Plus, getting rid of grease is necessary to perform other important maintenance tasks like abrasive blasting and painting.

Your Products are Not Up to Your Standards

No matter what you produce, it needs to meet a certain standard for your consumers. If your products are suddenly no longer meeting these standards, it’s most likely due to a problem with your equipment, process, personnel, or all of the above. As you look for the root causes, keep in mind that grease could be one of them. Greasy equipment may affect its performance, and thus throw a wrench in your process. Sometimes simply degreasing your equipment can get your products back on track.

Routine Maintenance Has Taken a Back Seat

If your facility deals with a lot of chemicals, oils, and/or fats, degreasing should be part of your routine maintenance. Sometimes this maintenance can seem like a hassle, as it can interfere with your day-to-day operations. However, if you ignore tasks like industrial cleaning, maintenance painting, degreasing, etc., you’re setting your equipment and your facility up for failure down the road. If it’s been a while since you’ve invested in cleaning or industrial tank painting, there’s a good chance your equipment could use some degreasing, too.

Excessive grease, whether on your ceilings, floors, or equipment, doesn’t just look bad, but can negatively impact your bottom line and put your staff and customers at risk. Look for the signs and inspect your gear regularly to make sure you’re keeping that grease at bay. And if your equipment needs degreasing after all, call the pros at Painters USA. To learn more about our company and all the services we offer, contact us at 1-800-999-8715.