Importance of Equipment Cleanliness & Clues of Contamination

Importance of Equipment Cleanliness & Clues of Contamination

Importance of Equipment Cleanliness & Clues of Contamination


Let’s face it, we’re busy. Every day, the world brings more technologies and innovations that lead to expectations of being able to work harder, faster, and better than ever. Whether you are a commercial truck driver, a fueling center, a quick lube, or a manufacturing plant, you need to be able to depend on your equipment for maximum performance always. To meet this standard, it is important that preventative maintenance measures are performed to keep your business up and running and your downtime to a minimum.

Who has time for downtime anyway?

Depending on your industry, your maintenance measures will vary; however, one that all of them have in common is the various forms of storage tanks. These tanks may hold fuel, lubricants, or other solutions pivotal to performing business activities. If these substances become dirty and contaminated over time, you can guess what happens – your fluids become dirty and contaminated as well.

To prevent contamination is to prevent massive equipment failure and loss of fluid inventory along with profits from resulting downtime.
If your fuel tank on your commercial truck is contaminated, the truck is not going to run well. Gas mileage may decrease, components start failing and intervention becomes required to get the truck back up and running again. This same scenario plays out over and over in equipment across all industries.

Use the following list of evidence of contamination and dirt so you can intervene before disaster strikes.

Evidence that Your System is Contaminated

  • Any form of sludge coating the inside or opening of the tank.
  • The presence of water in the form of droplets in the tank, making the fluids appear cloudy.
  • Smoke from engines, mainly vehicles.
  • Unexpected and foul odor from product within tank.

While this is not an exhaustive list, it is a great start for monitoring your tanks and making sure they are in good shape to continue performing as needed. Whoever said a little dirt won’t hurt hasn’t seen contamination maintenance bills, am I right?

Not all contaminants are easily visualized. In order to truly know the quality of your fluids, preventative maintenance programs like oil analysis tests are essential for diagnosing and keeping your fluids in a clean state. 

Contact RelaDyne today to get started with a fluid analysis program or to learn more about system cleaning services [link to our page].

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