Whether it is ensuring that your critical services are working correctly, saving energy and reducing carbon emissions, or planning for future plant developments and modernisation, here are five ways you can optimise your healthcare steam system to help you to achieve your goals.
The NHS Net Zero program calls for ‘continuous monitoring and evaluation’. For existing plants you can monitor your steam usage and target areas for improvement. Planning modifications? Steam metering allows you to plan accurately for plant upgrades and future system changes.
Steam is the preferred medium for sterilisation. By using the correct steam quality, you can achieve repeatable and consistent steriliser performance to:
→ improve patient safety
→ minimise infection risk
→ maximise the output from your decontamination facility
Are your condensate pumps working correctly? Is the overflow losing water? Condensate should be returned to the boilerhouse where possible, so it is important to ensure your systems are working effectively. Returning just an extra 4 litres of hot condensate every minute could save over £10,000 per year!
The importance of hand washing has been emphasised now more than ever. Reliable delivery of hot water right across the hospital site is paramount. Instantaneous hot water systems remove the need for storage vessels and reduce the legionella risk.
Ensuring your steam traps are working effectively should be a routine part of your steam system management. A correctly operating trap population saves energy, reduces emissions and keeps your steam system working efficiently. Simple to test and simple to rectify, a real quick win.
Chances are, the most cost-effective way for plant managers to keep their steam system operating at its full potential, is to outsource some, or all, of the maintenance work. A service contract is a flexible way to make sure that a plant maintains peak operational efficiency, ensures equipment longevity and gives the customer peace of mind that all their equipment is safely maintained by dedicated engineers.
For plant managers, two things in life are certain: manufacturing uses a lot of energy; and that energy costs money. In fact, a survey by The Daily Telegraph and YouGov revealed that 28 per cent of manufacturing companies spend more than £250,000 a year on energy . That’s enough to make anyone’s eyes water.
Steam is an incredible heat transfer medium and, it’s come a long way from its traditional associations with locomotives and the Industrial Revolution. Today it’s an integral, clean and essential part of modern technology. Without it, our food, textile, chemical, medical, power, heating and transport industries could not exist or perform as they do.
Time. There’s just never enough of it, especially when you’re running a steam system. Your busy job, which is full of deadlines and ever-changing demands, can leave you feeling as though there is no time to stay on top of your steam system’s upkeep.
Being held responsible for a facility where vital cancer research is conducted is no mean task for any facilities team. So having confidence that all specialist mechanical services are working at their optimum level is paramount. By streamlining maintenance of its steam systems, the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research has mitigated outstanding risk and freed up in-house resource to focus on what they do best.
With ever-increasing energy bills and ambitious emissions targets occupying your mind, it can be hard to find the time to unlock the full potential of your steam system.
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