There is no predicting how long your furnace will be off-line when there is a maintenance issue. The broad range of possible problems does not make any repair timing predictable. The opportunity cost of having your production halted can, however, be calculated and it is clear that it does not take much time for a downtime issue to be financially catastrophic.
By engaging in regular maintenance it is possible to avoid these issues and a potential industrial furnace rebuild with some pre planning. Not only does tank furnace maintenance help thwart future issues, it can be scheduled around your production calendar.
All machines run better when they are firing on all cylinders. Like any machine, tank furnaces run better when they are running at their optimal performance settings. Small things can creep up on productivity like ineffective burners, clogged checkers or misaligned burner blocks. Regular regenerative furnace maintenance ensure these issue never slow down your production capacity.
There are many systems that monitor the operations of your tank or pot furnace, but even these will not catch the nuances that can be discovered with regular refractory and melting furnace maintenance. There is nothing as effective as regular maintenance.
Less Labor used When Emergencies are Avoided
We all know that when there is a melting furnace malfunction, it causes significant issues that require an amazing amount of work to repair or rebuild. If the float glass escapes the furnace, the clean up takes days, weeks, even months because it hardens wherever it lands. If your facility catches on fire, not only is there significant damage to the location, the loss of product is costly.
Safer and Quicker
SAFETY! A huge reason for high temperature furnace maintenance is safety. When a furnace gets out of control the options for getting it back to a safe place become more and more unsafe depending on the issue. Using a preventative furnace maintenance program will defuse the number of times that your float glass or melting furnace issues require people to conduct less safe actions.
Of course, everything has a cost. While conducting preventative maintenance on your regenerative furnace costs money and time, it is little compared to handling a maintenance issue.