Maintenance is essential in every industrial plant or factory, especially pulp and paper mills. Due to the large production of dust, pulp and paper mills require different types of regular maintenance. Read on to learn more about proper pulp and paper mill maintenance

Areas That Require Maintenance

Maintenance must be effective and efficient to accommodate the increasing production levels in pulp and paper mills. There are four critical areas in pulp and paper mills that require constant maintenance to avoid downtime and ensure maximum productivity:

  • Wood Handling Equipment
    • Wood handling equipment is essential in delivering a usable material at the start of the pulp and paper process. De-barker machines facilitate high volume processing which progressively wears the machine’s components. 
  • Wood Chipping 
    • As wood chips enter the chippers at a very high velocity, they can cause continuous wear and abrasions and damage the knives and pockets of the chipper. Worn knife pockets can cause further deterioration of the rotor assembly and lead to the production of off-size chips. 
  • Pulping and Pumping
    • The transfer of viscous material throughout the pulping process puts immense strains on paper mill pumps. The chemicals used for screening, bleaching and cleaning often result in erosion and corrosion of the pumps.
  • Conveyor Belts 
    • Conveyor belts are the main form of transportation of raw and processed materials within the pulp and paper production system and are often torn or damaged by poorly-lubricated materials or sharp elements. 

What is Preventative Maintenance

Preventative Maintenance consists of regular inspections, service and clean-up of machinery and replacement of parts when necessary. While Preventative Maintenance is one of the oldest ways to improve maintenance within a factory or a plant, it is still an important tool. Preventative Maintenance helps pulp and paper mills eliminate or reduce the effects of heat and dust on the machinery and equipment used. By decreasing the unnecessary residue, preventive maintenance increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the plant’s overall performance. Through regular inspection, Preventative Maintenance will help you identify and address any problems as soon as possible, prevent production downtime, and minimize safety risks.

What is Predictive Maintenance:

Predictive Maintenance allows plants and factories to monitor numerous parameters of a machine’s status continuously. This will enable you to analyze data, including temperature and vibration parameters, and ensure that the machine works properly. Predictive maintenance requires state-of-the-art maintenance programs that can measure essential parameters and learn algorithms to offer real-time insights into the performance and health of the machines. Since paper machines are complex and have intricate and expensive parts, it’s often difficult to constantly repair or replace faulty parts. Predictive maintenance will allow you to monitor the health of such machines and plan for their required repair or replacement accordingly. 

Ensure Proper Pulp and Paper Mill Maintenance with Phoenix Industrial Group of Companies. 

Building a maintenance plan requires precision and efficiency. Working with an experienced project partner will help organize your maintenance plan by conducting the necessary maintenance analysis needed. Phoenix Industrial Group of Companies uses industry-leading technology and data-driven programs to provide innovative maintenance solutions when planning for pulp and paper mill maintenance. We work closely with our clients to monitor, manage and deliver in-depth and accurate results for the maintenance project. Our goal is to help clients increase productivity while decreasing downtime and minimizing safety risks. 

Contact us today to speak with our team of specialists to learn more about our pulp and paper mill maintenance. 

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