While every industrial facility is characterised by no shortage of risks and hazards, the many business types that make use of fluid transfers for their daily operations do face an additional layer of challenges where the condition of their pumping and piping systems are concerned.
These systems often work with dangerous materials, and even when they don’t, neglecting the condition of this equipment can lead to leakages, which can have devastating and expensive effects on the rest of the facility, its equipment, personnel, and their operations.
Our team of technical experts at First Seal bring you a breakdown of why such leakages should be avoided at all costs, and how your facility can do it somewhat effortlessly, by partnering with the right team of mechanical seal manufacturers in Johannesburg.
HAZARDS PRESENTED BY LEAKS IN DURING FLUID TRANSFER OPERATIONS
Depending on the type of fluid being transferred, leakages can range from causing minor nusances to being devastating and deadly. However, even the smallest effects can have a knock-on result for your facility.
Leakages in slurry pumps that reduce them to an inoperable capacity can be as much of an upset for your facility as leakages of hazardous chemical fluids; both of which can have far-reaching consequences for your business.
DANGERS TO PERSONNEL, FACILITIES, & OPERATIONS
Industrial facilities will always have to contend with some level of danger due to the nature of their operations, which is why equipment must always be up to the task of getting the job done safely as well as efficiently; and leaking fluid transfer systems can undermine both of these points.
Even the smallest leakages of even innocuous materials can cause damage to equipment and facilities, will significantly reduce the efficiency of your operations, could lead to a contaminated final product, critical equipment failure, and may present hazardous obstacles that cause injuries, as may be the case with slips and falls.
Where hazardous materials are concerned, the risk is compounded, presenting the potential for damage to the facility itself, any equipment being used, and most regrettably, to personnel operating equipment.
DANGERS TO THE ENVIRONMENT
One major concern for fluid leakages from these systems concerns contamination of the environment, which may result in a PR nightmare for your facility, significant losses and claims, a lack of compliance, and the very problem of gradual destruction to the local environment, its resources, wildlife, and people.
It is every facility’s responsibility to ensure that these types of risks are mitigated as far as possible, for their ever-growing responsibility to the environment.
STEPS TO TAKE TO AVOID LEAKAGES
Naturally, there are numerous ways in which your facility can ensure that it reduces or mitigates the risk of harm caused by leakages.
By ensuring the quality and condition of equipment, that it is meticulously maintained, and that it provides the right type of protection for your processes, avoiding leakages is far easier than it seems, especially if you partner with a trusted mechanical seal manufacturer in Johannesburg.
ENSURE THE CONDITION OF EQUIPMENT
Pumping systems, pipes, seals, valves, and all related equipment and accessories should be regularly maintained, replaced, and repaired to ensure that they continually perform to their expected standards.
In addition to this, they should be professionally installed for the best performance, and inspected regularly to ensure that there are no faults, inefficiencies, leaks, or damage from things like corrosion, cavitation, or stress from pressure and age.
SELECTING THE RIGHT SEAL FOR THE JOB
Each facility, depending on its operations and the materials they work with, come with varyingly unique challenges. If for instance, the materials you use leaves your equipment in danger of corrosion, then only valves and seals that are resistant to it should be employed.
For slurry pumps that present a danger of cavitation from contaminated fluids, valves that offer additional protection during fluid control will be an absolute necessity.
CONTACT FIRST SEAL FOR DETAILS
If you would like to know more about using our team of mechanical seal manufacturers in Johannesburg to implement the ideal fluid transfer and control solutions for your facility, be sure to take a look at the First Seal website for additional information on our offers.