Basic Care and Maintenance of Homogenizer Machines
28 June 2022
Food processing plants always ensure that they only produce and distribute quality food products, drinks, and others. At the same time, laboratories conduct experiments to ensure that specific products or processes can yield enhanced output, benefitting other industries.
One common thing about these properties is they require products that are created uniformly and consistently. And one machine that can meet this specification is the homogenizer machine.
Homogenizer machines can generate a uniform mixture by breaking components and distributing them evenly throughout a solution. They can also emulsify, suspend, grind, disperse, and dissolve particles. Since their roles in industries are significant, they must be maintained regularly. If you currently utilise homogenizer machines, here are some things that you can do to maintain them appropriately.
Regrind or Replace Valves
Homogenizer machines can only work optimally if they utilise operational valves. As the machines work, the valves are expected to lose their shape and show some grooves. When this happens, you must regrind or replace the valves right away. You must also do these processes if their seals start to leak. While a grinding paste can be wrapped to the deteriorated areas of the valves, they may still showcase some grooves over time. Homogenization may likewise not take place anymore.
Calibrate Pressure Gauges
Another thing that you can do to maintain your homogenizer machines is to calibrate their pressure gauges. The requirements of pressure gauges may vary based on the products being processed. Homogenizing milk, for example, requires gauges with stainless steel components. Pressure gauges must also be filled with glycol fluid to minimise corrosion and dampen vibrations. You must also calibrate the pressure gauges regularly to ensure that they can still work optimally.
Reduce Pressure Fluctuations
Pressure fluctuations can drastically affect the operations of homogenizer machines. It can also affect the connected pasteuriser and other related equipment. Hence, to ensure that your homogenizer machines and other connected equipment pieces will remain operational, you must reduce and mitigate pressure fluctuations that may be found on the suction side and discharge side.
Check the Rotation Direction
The driver motor of your homogenizer machines might have to be repaired or replaced to keep them working. Once the drive motor has been installed, you must always check the direction of rotation. Without assessing the direction of rotation, the shaft of the lubrication mechanism might not be able to deliver and drive the lubrication oil at the required pressure.
Replace Belts and Bearings
The belts and bearings of the homogenizer machines may deteriorate over time. Hence, they should be replaced to avoid affecting the whole operations of your machines. Aside from replacing them, you must also ensure that the lubrication oil and the cooling water will not spill into the berth of the belt drive. Doing these things can prevent your newly installed belts and bearings from getting damaged.
Other parts of your homogenizer machines that must be maintained are test safety valves and the machine exterior. If you need parts for your machines, you can contact us at Amon Engineering.
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