Industrial Mixers' Standard Operating Procedure
If you’re a newbie in the manufacturing industry where industrial mixers are widely present and operating, I guess that’s one of the first things that you need to imbibe--how it works and how you operate it. Industrial machines are a product of innovation, technological advancement, and globalization. If you’re not really a tech-savvy person who can navigate a piece of equipment easily and quickly, you probably need a manual or some walk-through in order to get a full grasp of the machine.
As you get familiar with the nature of work and the machinery, productivity will increase. But, you will need to double-check everything with regards to the apparatus for sometimes, operations fail because of the little things and safety is put to risk. If there’s something that the operators are likely to miss or overlook during the manufacturing process, it’s the basics. Generally, it’s referred to as the Standard Operating Procedure or SOP.
Industrial Protocol for Mixers
What are the measures that need to be observed and done in operating machines such as Ginhong’s emulsifier machine, homogenizers, and high shear mixers? In this article, you will learn the guidelines, the basic steps that must be executed and the do’s and don’ts as you deal with them. Let’s start!
1. Prioritize safety.
In every move that you will make, keep in mind that safety is your priority. When you meditate on this, you will start to work cautiously, with deep concern not only for yourself but for your colleagues around you.
2. Make sure that the machine is properly mounted and fixed to the floor or wall.
It is of high importance that the machine is fixed to a holding base that will secure its position. Since the mixer moves in strong power at a high-speed rate, if it’s not fastened firmly to a specific surface, it will be a threat that may cause harm to its surroundings or the people working around.
3. Electrical equipment should be situated at a fair distance away from the water.
Electricity and water are prone to lead ignite unwelcomed hazards within the workplace. Make sure the two elements are far from each other. Water containers, fountains, faucets, piping systems must be considered and the machine should not be placed anywhere near them.
4. Cables and wires should go together in one place.
To avoid electrical hazards or accidents caused by electricity, check your wires and cables. There should not be open wires or loose cables. See to it that the necessary connections are properly plugged from the power socket to the equipment. Brackets with cable ties can be used to keep the group of wires and cables together in one place.
5. Mixers must only be used by able-bodied adults.
Minors should not be allowed to roam around or operate the industrial mixers. The only people qualified to operate them are able-bodied adults. If someone has a disability or if he is under the influence of alcohol and drugs, then they are not eligible.
6. Put on the prescribed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before working.
Generally, the use of eye goggles and shoes for safety are required in operating the machine. So, make sure that you will always wear the prescribed personal protective equipment (PPE) before you begin the processing. People who work around you should also consider putting on PPE for their own safety and protection.
7. Keep your hands off the rotating mixer unless you have turned it off.
A rotating mixer is not resting mixer. Meaning to say, no matter how slow the turning is, it’s still operating and functioning. The machine has blades and impellers that can harm anybody who tries to place his hands over there. So, be careful. Unless you have unplugged the wire, and the machine has completely shut down, do not go anywhere near it. But after it’s switched off, you can go ahead and do your work involving the machine.
8. Do not forget to unplug the mixer before you clean, assemble, or disassemble it.
Turning off the machine isn’t enough. You will need to unplug it too before you can perform your cleaning duty and maintenance. Have somebody to assist you in checking the wires and cables too. If everything is well, you can start disassembling and cleaning the mixer properly.
9. Mops and suitable rags shall help with the cleaning.
You will not need large fabrics or any huge mechanical cleaning tool. While that may be ideal, most of the time, mops and rags are adequate materials in order to maintain the neatness of the mixer. Soap and water are perfect for this activity. No need to get bothered grabbing some chemical cleaning agents and materials for this.
10. Do not run the machine without any substance or element in it.
Without a dampening medium, which is any solvent or any element in general, the machine will try to destroy and damage itself. With that being said, you need to make certain that there’s something inside the machine before you turn it on and run it. This action is hazardous and may cause further disfigurement. Familiarize yourself with the mixing problems and how to handle them.
11. Hydraulic oil level in the oil tank must be regularly checked.
Why do you need to check the oil tank? You have to ensure that it contains the correct oil grade for the running of the machine. Starting the mixer with the wrong oil grade will result in stress and rapid failure not just of the operation but of the mixer itself.
12. Replace impellers and other wear components when necessary.
If any of the component’s wear reaches more than one-third in thickness and 7 percent in diameter or less, it needs to be replaced.
Surely, there are still more instructions and guidelines on how to operate an industrial mixer. But these are the core things that you will always need to be reminded of. Remember, safety should be your first priority. Proper usage of the machines will not cause any damage to people and the environment alike. So, take time to learn all these things and keep them in your mind. The next time you would operate a mixer, you will no longer be taking risks, you will have calculated steps. As you learn them, we encourage you to share these things with your co-workers as well.