It’s Never Too Early to Plan for Shutdown Maintenance

    As the seasons change, it is time to begin planning for shut-down maintenance of your air pollution control equipment.  There is a delicate balance between scheduled downtime and plant up-time reliability.  Major shutdown work is intended to support maintenance efforts carried out until the next major shutdown, including minor downtime repairs. Many industrial customers will schedule downtime for their operations during the end of year holidays or in the Summer, leading to the service technician calendar getting filled up for both the on-site maintenance teams, as well as the skilled technical experts available from the OEM equipment manufacturers.


    Learn more by watching our video or seeing below:

    CPI Oxidizer Maintenance Tips 181108

    Whether you are planning for an annual, semi-annual, or monthly maintenance event, it is important to coordinate with your Aftermarket Service supplier to ensure the availability of service technicians and necessary spare parts.

    Maintenance planners should have an idea of the tasks which need to be completed and have a specific checklist of parts to order for that service to be completed.  Here are just a few tips to keep your system running smoothly during the winter months:

    • Calibrate combustion system & confirm compliance to current safety standards
    • Maintain fan- bearings, belts, cleaning
    • RTO media inspection & valve tolerance measurement
    • Calibrate instruments; check and clear sensing lines
    • Damper check- bearing & linkage adjustments
    • Housekeeping-clean access areas; clean control cabinet filters; have O&M manuals up to date; inspect complete system for air leaks
    • Order critical spare parts

    Keep in mind that the lead time for some parts is longer than for others.  For example, you should have the following basic parts for a thermal oxidizer in stock:

    Longer lead time parts like motors, bearings and valves can take 3-6 weeks to procure.  Failure of these components without a spare on site could prove costly.  Do you have a specific plan or list of parts in case your unit or any of its components fails for any reason?                                                                                                      combustion-upgrades-and-optimization.jpg

    Consider meeting with your onsite personnel to see what routine maintenance is being performed and what has not been done in order to plan your scheduled service.  Catalytic
    Products International (CPI) can assist in most cases with a scope of work for your service. 
    Did you know we offer training for scheduled preventative service?   

    Did you know CPI has a maintenance agreement plan to care for oxidizers? 

    CPI can help save money by providing those techniques and training so your staff can fully understand what to look for in a specific maintenance plan.  Keeping your oxidizer running at peak operational efficiency can reduce downtime and ensure your process operations are in compliance with your environmental operating permit. 

    Some key points to think about:                                   

    1.  Scope of work – Review what maintenance is required. 
    2.  Service reports - Review the most recent service reports to identify critical issues.
    3.  Evaluation - Review what needs to be done by the end of the year and what can be done in the Spring or the next available service interval.
    4. Safety - Review training that needs to be done for your personnel for safety reasons and any others.

    Contact us today to schedule your technician for end of the year maintenance events. 

    Catalytic Products International (CPI) provides service support and spare parts for a wide range of air pollution control equipment, including regenerative thermal oxidizers (RTOs), thermal oxidizers, catalytic oxidizers, and heat exchangers.   Our company offers support for not only CPI branded equipment, but also oxidizers from all manufacturers.

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