Recordkeeping for effective dryer maintenance
Haphazard recordkeeping can hinder your dryer maintenance program, which can eventually impair the dryer's operating efficiency and even reduce production. To make dryer maintenance more effective, establish and maintain a record of all information concerning your dryer's operation and maintenance. This article discusses the information to include in the record, as well as how to use the record when deciding to repair, rebuild, or replace an older dryer.
The increasing sophistication and cost of dryers used for bulk solids handling operations make dryer maintenance very complex, which can affect your operation's profit. Much of a maintenance program's effectiveness stems from keeping an accurate maintenance record and using the record for planning -- for instance, recording the dryer's performance and normal operating conditions and scheduling dryer inspections and regular preventive maintenance. The following discusses elements that should be part of the dryer maintenance record, with information on how to use each element when maintaining your dryer. Other information covers how to use the record when deciding whether to repair, rebuild, or replace an older dryer.