Ten top tips for efficient and reliable refrigeration plant.
Businesses that rely heavily on refrigeration know that keeping cool requires a reliable refrigeration system.
- Good Design – Efficiency and performance starts here! Ask to see your refrigeration designer’s credentials including real examples and try and talk to customers
- Accurate Equipment Selection – One poorly selected component can affect the total plant performance and efficiency
- Correct Installation – Wrongly installed or piped equipment can never deliver the intended performance and will reduce the working life of your facility.
- Comprehensive Control – You cannot manage what you can’t control. Good control systems match plant to load and reduce wastage at all levels.
- Ease of Service – If something cannot be easily isolated or accessed, chances are that it is not being correctly serviced and of course breakdowns then take longer to resolve. Access to equipment ensures service activities can occur safely and efficiently.
- Establish Scheduled Maintenance Activities – Plant not correctly maintained loses efficiency and increases the risk of unplanned system outages and expenses. Always engage a skilled and professional maintenance contractor. Preventative maintenance of all types of refrigeration systems, including both industrial ammonia plants and freon type systems, is a major component of Oomiak’s business.
- Risk Management – Know where your business is exposed to the risks that will impact on your plant’s reliability. Work to eliminate these risks or develop strategies to manage them.
- Building Condition – A poor performing building places unnecessary load on the refrigeration system, adding to the operating cost and potentially impacting reliability. Make sure moisture ingress is always minimised and unnecessary loads eliminated.
- Operator Awareness – Site staff that understand how to use the systems and rectify or report faults quickly save money. Undertake awareness training to foster this behaviour.
- Annual Reviews – Regular comprehensive inspections of you plant, building and operational activities help identify poor performance and risk that can then be eliminated or managed. It also identifies new opportunities for improvement, and long-term planning for key maintenance activities.