Hydraulic and descale valves are the type of equipment that you tend to only think about when there’s a reason. And, those reasons usually relate to problems such as leaks, malfunctions, system downtime, etc. When addressing these issues, do you look for quick, band-aid-type fixes or long-term solutions?
Most maintenance engineers tend for the short-term fixes opting again to worry about them when those no longer work. Rather than find yourself in a position in which you need to rush to find the solution to get your system back up and running, here are five reasons you need to upgrade your descale valve now.
1. Productivity and Efficiency Has Steadily Decreased
As your valve service life deteriorates, productivity tends to decrease with it. It may not be a sudden drop off, but a gradual decline. You may not notice it with your day-to-day duties, but when your boss starts asking you questions, taking a look at your valve performance is a good place to look for answers. Components of the valve may be worn down and not working properly.
Leakage (internal or external) can cause damage to associated components in the hydraulic system lowering its efficiency. It can affect pressure, temperature, flow and velocity which can lead to inconsistencies in the end product.
2. Safety Issues
External leaks are the obvious safety hazards that result from faulty hydraulic valves. Besides puddles and risks of workers slipping, the fluid itself can be hazardous to employees and the environment. Fluid spraying from a leak in a high-pressure system can also cause abrasions and, in some cases, pierce the skin.
When you see these situations happening at increasing intervals, it’s time to seriously consider replacing your equipment.
3. Increasing Maintenance Costs
You budget a specific amount towards hydraulic system maintenance each month (or year). Older, worn out descale valves require maintenance more often which will drain that budget faster. And, not only will costs for maintenance become more frequent, the cost for each repair or service will increase.
As you see these costs rising, you need to starting weighing the costs of replacing the valve vs. continuing to pour money into an old, outdated unit.
4. Increased Downtime
The risk of hydraulic system malfunctions causing downtime is what keeps all of us up at night. As the descale valve wears out, this risk grows and the actual system downtime increases. When the system is down, the company is losing money. Add the repair costs (including rush charges) and possible overtime costs to catch up on production and it’s an expensive problem.
5. Better, More Durable Valves Are Available
We get it. You want to install the descale valve and forget about it. Few of us have time to do research on new valves. But, when did you buy your last valve? If it’s been quite a few years, there are new valves on the market that are more durable, reliable and efficient. New technologies and valve materials are being used to increase valve service life.
It may pay to take a little time to do a quick internet search and call some companies to get the latest information. Here at Hunt Valve, we’ve implemented the latest ceramic technology into our poppet and plunger valves. The ceramic material is harder than steel making our valves the longest lasting available. Even if you’re not ready to replace your whole valve, you can upgrade your current cartridge to get the full benefits of a brand new valve.
Hunt Valve is the only industrial valve manufacturer that provides descale valves with this state-of-the-art ceramic wear protection. Click here to request more information and to learn more about how we can save you money, time and hassle.