By Karl Lycett – Rittal UK’s Product Manager for Climate Control
Winter may be the focus of the hugely popular TV drama Game of Thrones (now, of course, in its final season) but in the real world the mercury is rising and we will soon be firmly into summer.
If the Easter weekend was anything to go by, we are in for a scorching summer. That may be good for the weekend BBQ, but it doesn’t bode as well for your electrical equipment.
As the temperature rises in the summer months, operating parameters can be breached. In turn, the life expectancy of the equipment will be reduced and the probability of an unexpected system failure increases drastically.
Food processing is a sector that demands very high levels of efficiency to meet daily production targets, hence why breakdowns of critical control and automation equipment in food production are a major cause for concern. Not only are valuable resources redirected away from more strategic, long term activities, such as developing new processes, but production lines can also be stopped.
Summer is a few months away so the alarms on your cooling units will probably still be non-existent, which means you’re spending less time maintaining overheating panels. However, this is the ideal time to start considering your climate control, to understand what changes or improvements need to be made.
In a few months’ time, things will be very different. Fans and filters won’t be effective if the ambient temperature in the workplace is higher than you require inside your enclosures! So now’s the time to assess any problem enclosures and make the necessary changes to ensure that when summer comes you are free to spend your time on tasks other than climate management.
Every Degree above Set-Point Shortens Equipment Life
It’s important to remember that every degree above your set-point will be time removed from the life of your expensive equipment, including PLCs, variable speed drives and transformers.
Collectively, this can easily have a replacement value that tops £100,000, even in a relatively small setup. If you replace just two per cent of that equipment each year because of burnt-out componentry, then the costs can quickly mount up and it’s an entirely unnecessary spend.
But it’s not just the cost of repair and replacement of the actual componentry. There are also the add-on operations costs caused by componentry breaking down and stopping the processes it controls. This lost output will continue for as long as it takes to repair the fault, and is bound to have consequences for your wider business, impacting productivity and efficiency, and thereby reducing profits.
Book A Rittal Climate Management Review
Correct climate control is often overlooked during the installation of electronic equipment because the focus is all on the equipment, not on regulating the environment that it operates within.
This is where Rittal can help you, we are the world leaders in enclosure climate control products and pride ourselves on being your trusted advisor.
With our RiAssure service, one of our trained staff can visit you and provide a FREE Cooling Review. This review is a short, visual inspection of your existing enclosures and cooling equipment; from this we can ascertain the next best step for your equipment and also provide ongoing, best practice suggestions so that your operations benefit from increased longevity, life and profit.
So before summer arrives, reap the benefits of the optimising your climate control.