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The Real Cost (and 3 Ways to Avoid) Unscheduled Downtime in Manufacturing

Preventative Maintenance (PM) sometimes takes a back seat to other issues on ever-growing “to-do” lists. For many companies, planned maintenance is often an afterthought. If you aren’t experiencing a problem, it is easy to dismiss value of the benefits gained from combustion system preventative maintenance. 

The True Cost of Equipment Downtime

Unpredicted downtown can result in the following associated costs:

  • Secondary failures and chain reactions
  • Idle production personnel
  • Higher cost of inventory
  • Lost production capability
  • Scrap and rework
  • Production overtime
  • Temporary repairs
  • Higher product costs
  • Ruined equipment
  • Frustration/ aggravation
  • Lost customers/ lost work
  • Lowered employee morale
  • Emergency parts deliveries
  • Best skills not available when needed

Performing regular preventative maintenance will reduce downtime and its associated costs. By being pro-active about equipment maintenance, you will also move away from our society’s “repair” focused approach and will be adapting a “reliability” focused attitude. Every plant’s maintenance needs are different, but each plant should have a preventative maintenance plan custom designed to be just that: “preventative”.

Cost of Downtime Infographic

3 Ways to Minimize Industrial Combustion System Downtime

As you can see from above, unexpected downtime can greatly affect a business’ bottom line. So what are ways to minimize the downtime of your industrial combustion system?

  1. Regular Combustion System Evaluations and Maintenance

An industrial burner service company, like Stelter & Brinck, can administer regular equipment evaluations and maintenance on your system. Evaluating your combustion system to check the integrity of all parts and being pro-active about equipment maintenance helps improve reliability and reduces the chances of unexpected downtime.

2.Get to Know Your Equipment’s Strengths and Weaknesses

After Stelter & Brinck completes your industrial burner service visit, we will issue you an in-depth report.  Our combustion service report will help you learn the “ins and outs” of your equipment; the report points out areas of excellence and areas where there is room for improvement. The purpose of the suggested updates on the report are to help you predict potential equipment problem areas and avoid unexpected downtime.

3.Update or Upgrade the Equipment

Old combustion equipment that continually slows down your manufacturing process, needs to be updated or replaced. Not only is it important to keep your equipment up to codes and standards, but it is also important to consider how new technology will improve your productivity. If it’s time for your equipment to replaced, Stelter & Brinck can handle the combustion system upgrade.

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We’re Celebrating 65 Years as an OEM!

Stelter & Brinck was founded in 1922, but 2021 marks 65 years of equipment manufacturing. It was in 1956 that S&B transformed from a manufactures’ representative to an original equipment manufacturer of process heating systems. Over the past six and a half decades, we’ve designed and manufactured thousands of units, present throughout the world, for numerous industries. Our systems have included, but are not limited to, indirect process air heaters, direct fired air heaters, thermal and catalytic oxidizers, steel & aluminum mill equipment, packaged combustion systems and integrated systems. We want to thank you for your continual support; we look forward to serving you in the years to come!


Combustion Service Q&A

Q: What can a customer expect during a combustion service field visit?

 A: All services are performed by a highly skilled, well-trained Stelter & Brinck technician whom is backed by our in-house engineers, and arrives at your facility rested and equipped to take on your combustion needs. Typically, our technicians will perform the following while they are on-site: (more…)

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Where is heat used in Lime Manufacturing?

In our last post, we discovered that cement manufacturing utilizes limestone. Therefore, we decided to focus on lime manufacturing this week! Originating with its earliest use as building mortar, lime has many end uses today: steel manufacturing, asphalt, plaster, sugar refining, wastewater treatment, and many others!


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