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Overseeing a facility where vital cancer research is carried out means I need the confidence that all of our specialist mechanical systems are working effectively and are compliant with health and safety legislation. No two days are the same in my role especially when it comes to the upkeep and smooth operation of the research facility. This includes security, cleaning, catering, mechanical and electrical services, alterations and refurbishment, and health and safety legislation.
Regarding boiler and steam system maintenance, I previously had one firm to carry out work on the boilers, a second firm to carry out work on the controls and a third to carry out work on the burners. That certainly added a lot more managing and coordinating to my job. It proved to be a managerial nightmare, especially when I simply wanted to ensure that the equipment is maintained to a good working order and in line with statutory regulation.
Wanting to make life easier, it wasn’t long until I sought the advice of Spirax Sarco in order to streamline servicing and maintenance of our boiler and steam systems in order to restore confidence throughout the facility.
Our local Spirax specialist carried out a full boiler strip down to carry out crucial inspections on the internal components and assess its performance. This included a full service of the feedwater and blowdown vessels and the electric condensate recovery unit.
As my service contract with Spirax included an annual trap survey, I was able to see the working conditions and efficiency of each of the steam traps on site which meant another way of minimising unscheduled downtime at the facility.
As a result of the survey, Spirax discovered that the boiler controls had not been maintained correctly nor refurbished for over nine years. Spirax worked with us and were able to replace a number of traps and valves, and provided me with a valve refurbishment and reconditioning service for some worn parts.
Consolidating multiple suppliers and contracts into one integrated contract with one supplier for the whole steam system as well as our boilers has meant overall improvements in reliability and maintenance of the system. Spirax has certainly restored confidence in our steam system equipment here at the research facility as we carry out vital cancer research.
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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.
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.
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