How Proper Preventative Maintenance Can Help Reduce Gasket Failure in Paper Mill Equipment
It’s hard to believe that something as fragile as a piece of paper is created in one of the most grueling manufacturing environments.
Heat and dust, both unavoidable at paper mills, can have a detrimental effect on equipment. Machines must endure high levels of mechanical wear and tear, while ever-increasing production speeds require maintenance solutions to yield the highest efficiency and lowest mileage. Downtime, of course, must be avoided whenever possible.
Companies that adhere to a preventive maintenance schedule and regular weekly/monthly equipment inspections will be able to detect such common issues as leaks, vibration issues and maintaining correct operating pressure.
Case in Point: Dryer Section Gear Casing
Gasket failure is a common issue in paper mill equipment, resulting in costly oil leaks that cause equipment malfunction, product contamination and worker safety issues.
The dryer section gear casing, to cite one example, is subject to continuous rocking and vibration that loosens assembly bolts, and adds stress to the gasket leading to the compression set. But with Loctite® anaerobic products incorporated into a preventive maintenance regimen, the risk of oil leak and equipment failure can be drastically reduced, saving time and money.
Loctite 243™ Threadlocker applied to dryer casing assembly bolts prevents fastener loosening due to vibration and stress; Loctite 518™ Flange Sealant replaces traditional gasket materials with a form-filling, solvent-resistant seal that will not shrink or crack, even in harsh, high-temperature conditions.
Expedient Solutions to Persistent Problems
Loctite has answers for many of the most common and costly paper mill equipment issues. From machinery adhesives that prevent corrosion and seizure, to thread sealants that stop expensive oil leaks, to wear-resistant coatings that offer long-term protection against mechanical and chemical attack, it’s no wonder that Loctite solutions have become an essential component of preventive maintenance procedures.
Over to You
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