Following a three-step maintenance program consisting of some simple, straightforward steps can increase furnace uptime and improve efficiency to help keep heat treating equipment at peak performance.
Many years of experience in the design, construction, installation, operation and repair of industrial heat treating equipment has made it clear to the author that furnace performance can be maintained at optimum levels by creating a sound maintenance program. The author has developed a three-step program consisting of some simple, straightforward steps to help keep heat treating equipment at peak performance. The program involves determining existing problems and making immediate adjustments, setting up a semiannual preventative maintenance program and rebuilding the furnace and performing annual preventative maintenance. The following application example shows how this program can bring equipment with declining performance back up to high efficiency.