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Warehouse Lighting Systems – Updated Features To Consider

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If you have an outdated lighting system inside your warehouse, then you likely spend a great deal of money every month on electricity. The average warehouse in the United States requires about 6.1 kilowatt hours of electricity per square foot per year. If your warehouse is around 5,000 square feet, this will translate into around $3,600 worth of electricity based on the average price of 12 cents per kilowatt hour. Your warehouse likely has few overhead costs that meet or exceed your electrical costs. This means that it is wise to update your lighting system to save yourself a good deal of money each year. Consider working with an electrical construction professional to design and install the system. Also, consider the following features so your system is as efficient as possible. Light Fixtures If your warehouse is fitted with old and traditional fluorescent light fixtures, then you will be losing energy in a variety of ways. These fixtures typically have magnetic control ballasts that will require a good deal of energy. While these ballasts help to protect the light from receiving an uncontrolled burst of current through them, these electromagnets are inefficient. Also the light fixtures that fit the lights allow light to shine in all directions, and this will cause light to cascade upwards where you do not require any lighting. You can purchase new fluorescent fixtures that solve both of these energy loss issues. New fluorescent light fixtures come with electrical ballasts that control current and use less electricity. These fixtures typically come with silver, mirrored, or polished reflectors along the underside so that light is consistently directed downward. This helps to keep light from escaping and can possibly reduce the need for as many lights along the warehouse ceiling.  If you are not interested in traditional long fixtures, then round induction lighting may be a good option for you. These fixtures are extremely long lasting due to the way that current is forced through the fixture to create light. Specifically, an electromagnetic field is utilized instead of electrodes. The result is a light fixture that requires very little maintenance and emits bright light. However, these lights are smaller, so you may need to invest in more of them across the warehouse. Rounded LED cluster light fixtures are an option too. These lights look similar to the induction varieties, but the LED lights are much brighter, more efficient, and they will illuminate areas with light cascading in all directions. You should keep in mind that LED light fixtures are likely going to be the most expensive, but their efficiency will reduce your costs over time. Control Systems Once you have chosen the fixtures that work best for your facility, you will want to pick out the best lighting control system as well to cut down on wasted electrical usage. Your electrical construction professional can help to customize a system with the features you desire, so make sure the controls are fitted with proximity sensors along each aisle so that lights turn on only when an individual is present. Audio, infrared, and motion sensors can all be chosen. Consider how your warehouse is used when picking the sensor to keep the lights from turning on and off at inappropriate times. For example, if you use machinery or make loud noises when moving boxes around, then an audio sensor may be a bad...

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7 Common Causes of Crane Accidents

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Most crane accidents can be prevented. When something goes wrong, it is usually the result of some sort of mechanical failure or human error. If you work on or around construction cranes, it is always a good idea to re-familiarize yourself with these seven common causes of crane accidents, listed in no particular order. 1. Crane Tipping There are a number of common contributing factors involved in crane tipping accidents, including: Center of gravity loss of control High winds Overloading Outrigger failure Improper maintenance To prevent tipping, construction cranes utilize counterweight systems to balance out the weight of each load. Cranes should always be securely positioned on stable, level ground, too. 2. Crane Collapse or Buckling If a construction crane’s maximum weight limit is exceeded, operators risk buckling or a boom collapse. Crane collapse is the cause of 39 percent of all crane-related deaths and injuries of construction workers in 2008 (the most recent year of published statistics involving crane incidents). To prevent crane collapse or buckling, the common sense solution would be to avoid loading more weight than the crane’s capacity. Under safety standards in the United States, crane loads should not exceed 75 percent of the tipping weight. Usually there are scales in your workplace to help you know for sure how much your load weighs compared to the crane. 3. Electrocution A leading cause of crane-related incidents is electrocution resulting from contact with overhead power lines. Crane operators and workers in crane baskets must be aware of the location of all nearby power lines to avoid contact with live wires. To avoid the risk of inadvertently touching a live wire, construction cranes should always be positioned at least 10 feet away from power lines. 4. Boom or Cable Failure When the boom or cable of a construction crane fails, it is often caused by safety hazards such as overloading, equipment damage or incorrect assembly. Many boom failures result from faulty cables or hooks, so thoroughly inspect all equipment before use. Operators should also avoid lifting a load too high because they risk striking the tip of the boom against the crane’s hook block. 5. Fatal Crushing                                                        Improper crane assembly or disassembly can cause crushing fatalities of operator and workers. Risk factors include improper assembly procedures, incorrect pin removal during disassembly and inadequate boom support. While disassembling equipment, never unlock or remove pins until all affected sections are blocked and secure. 6. Struck-By Accidents Over 800 construction workers are killed each year on the job. One of the most dangerous construction hazards is getting struck by cranes and their loads. This happens for reasons such as: Dropped loads Equipment damage Rigging failures Unbalanced loads Movement acceleration To avoid the risk of a deadly struck-by accident, crane operators should never move loads over workers. Before work begins, operators should also fully extend the crane’s outriggers and cordon off the entire area that falls within the swing radius. 7. Falls Falling from elevated heights is another leading cause of crane worker deaths in the nation. Contributing factors include incorrect crane operation, missing handrails and inadequate maintenance. Before working from elevated heights, workers should always examine the area for potential fall hazards. Fall hazards at a construction site include anything that could cause the worker to slip or lose their...

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Hazard Handling Tips: How To Identify And Dispose Of Dangerous Waste Products

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Is your work site meeting the EPA’s standards for hazardous waste disposal? If you aren’t sure whether you have to treat your business’s byproducts as hazardous materials or not, or you aren’t sure how to properly secure and dispose of hazards, these tips may help you plan your waste management system. Identifying Hazardous Wastes The EPA keeps a running list of known hazardous substances and chemicals that might be produced as industrial byproducts, but the list isn’t exhaustive. If you aren’t sure whether some waste materials are hazardous or not, you can determine their status by checking for the following traits: Easily ignitable. Any waste that might catch fire at temperatures below 140 degrees Fahrenheit is considered hazardous. Chemicals which might combust when exposed to slight friction, water, or spontaneous reaction with the air should also be handled as hazards as well. Most compressed gases are flammable or explosive, so they fit in this category. Any materials capable of quickly oxidizing should be considered a fire risk when not carefully contained. Reactive volatility. All materials which might react violently with water or air should be considered hazardous, as well that those which might undergo calm reactions that release toxic compounds. Materials at risk for detonation under normal pressures and temperatures also fall under this classification. High acidity or alkalinity. Corrosive liquids and solids are easy to identify; you simply need to test their pH. For testing solids, use one part solid waste and one part water. If the pH reads below 2 or above 12.5, the waste is hazardous. Toxicity. Any chemicals that are considered toxic to humans or animals must be treated as hazardous waste. This includes materials which have no established LD50, but have been shown through scientific study to either cause cancer, acute poisoning, chronic poisoning, accumulation in the body, or chemical retention in the environment.  If your waste materials don’t have any of these traits and aren’t on the EPA list, then you don’t have to worry about disposing of them with hazardous waste precautions. On the other hand, if some of these descriptors sound familiar, you’ll have to take steps to ensure you stick to the required procedures. Properly Securing Dangerous Substances Hazardous waste containers should remain tightly sealed at all times, except when adding in new waste. The containers themselves may range in size and type from small drip pads to huge tanks, so long as they meet EPA standards. Using the wrong container may lead to hazardous leaks, which pose a danger to your employees and can be costly to clean up. One way of preventing contamination is to keep substances within two layers of containment, each individually capable of controlling the problem. To avoid dangerous accidents, different types of hazards should be stored far apart from one another. Highly reactive waste should never be placed near flammable chemicals, for example, since this could potentially cause an explosion in the event of a waste containment failure. Make sure floor managers and custodians know the signs of hazardous material leaks, so you can quickly and safely address them as soon as they appear. Disposing Of Sealed Containers Safely Depending on the level of waste your business produces, you may find it economical to dispose of hazardous chemicals on your own. The trade-off on this...

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Starting A Brewery? If You’re Relying On Unfiltered City Water, You’re Going To Make Bad Beer

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Are you starting a small-scale commercial brewery? Are you planning on using city tap water in the making of your adult beverages? If so, you’re going to make bad beer that smells like plastic. Read on to learn how city tap water ruins the taste of beer and what you can do about it. The Switch To Chloramine Decontamination Until recently, most municipalities used chlorine as the standard water decontamination technique. More and more cities, however, are switching to a new method of water treatment — the use of chloramine. What is chloramine? It’s a mix of chlorine and ammonia. Water treatment facilities are implementing its use because they need less of it than they would chlorine, it lasts longer, and it’s more difficult to remove from water than chlorine is. It’s an effective solution, but it poses a big problem for the beer-brewing industry. The Problem, As It Relates To Your Beer-Brewing Chloramine itself is colorless and odorless. The problem arises when the compound comes in contact with the yeasts in beer. Yeast eats chloramine and turns it into chlorophenols — not-so-odorless chemical compounds. Not only do chlorophenols reek of plastic, buy they can also be smelled in quantities as small as a few parts per billion. You don’t need any type of chlorine in your beer-making procedure; pathogens simply can’t survive the process. You also don’t need a funny-smelling first batch of beer to ruin the success of your brewery before it even has a chance to get started. If your city still uses chlorine, that’s great. You can rid your brewery’s water supply of chlorine by simply boiling it and then letting it sit. This is a free solution, and if you get on good rotation schedule, it won’t slow your process down too much. Boiling won’t work to rid your water of chloramine, though, because the chains that bond the compound are too great. The Solution For Better-Tasting Beer So, what do you do? You could go through the expensive and time consuming process of having untreated water hauled in, or you could take an easier route and install a granular activated catalytic carbon water filter in your brewery. Carbon is capable of filtering out chloramine, but it takes a lot longer to filter chloramine than it does chlorine. In order for a filtration system to effectively rid your brewery water of chloramine, you’ll need it to have a slow drip rate and catalytic carbon material.  Catalytic carbon absorbs chlorine, just like regular carbon, but it also catalyzes it. What this means is that it breaks down the chloramine compounds and uses their components to form carbon and oxygen — neither of which will interfere with the taste of the beer you’re producing. How big of a filtration system do you need for your brewery? It depends on the sizes of your water pipes and your service flow rate (your flow rate will appear on your bill, or you can contact your city office for the information). Once you have these 2 bits of information, contact a water filtration specialist and ask them to detail your options. As a bonus, most carbon filtration systems are self-cleaning; the only maintenance you’ll need to worry about is very occasionally changing your carbon aggregate (how often you’ll need...

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Four Advantages To Leasing Storage Space For Your Manufacturing Needs

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If you are responsible for managing the physical assets of a production facility, including equipment and inventory, then you understand the need for properly warehousing those items. In many manufacturing environments, storage space is at a premium; maintaining the whereabouts of assets can become challenging. Expansion of production can bring additional stress as inventory and equipment get tucked into niches all over the plant, and the pressure increases as the business grows. The good news is that off-site leased storage can bring huge benefits for managers and alleviate the stress and expense of keeping up with physical assets. Below are several advantages brought about by leasing storage: Protect expensive assets One of the most important advantages gained by leasing off-site storage is enhanced protection of physical assets. Large and mini storage units are expressly designed to warehouse physical items in a secure environment. They contain physical barriers, alarms, and human guards, all of which keep assets safe from theft. They also protect equipment and inventory from damage caused by environmental factors present in a manufacturing facility. There are no forklifts, presses, torches, cranes or other objects nearby to make accidental “contact” with assets. Not only that, but storage facilities are sheltered from wind, rain, cold and heat damage; your most fragile of equipment and inventory can be kept away from both manmade and natural forces that cause loss. Maintain order and safety and reduce liability Another reason why leasing storage makes good sense for companies is the ability to maintain an orderly work environment. Finding locations in an existing facility to store physical assets can lead to cramped quarters or overly-confined work areas. This can actually make on-site storage become a safety concern if workers are not able to move about as freely as necessary, and it can also be a cost concern if production slows down or is inhibited by interference with stored equipment or inventory. All of these positives from using leased storage can also reduce the amount of liability carried by a manufacturer; demonstrably safer, more efficient workplaces cost less to insure. Avoid capital construction, maintenance and operation expenses The expense of constructing storage facilities is a particularly-relevant factor when choosing to lease off-site storage. Capital construction costs for expanding existing spaces or building new storage can be huge, and that doesn’t even address the possible need to acquire additional real estate to serve as a site. Once the facility is built, there are additional costs from operations such as building maintenance, climate control, utilities, janitorial services and other overhead expenses. Off-site leased storage units, on the other hand, provide manufacturers with a ready-made storage facility that doesn’t cost them anything other than a simple, predictable lease payment. There is no concern about designing, building and maintaining storage space, and companies are able to free more of their financial assets for the purpose of producing products. Maintain flexibility to respond to changing market Companies need to have flexibility in today’s market; being able to rapidly change production lines and products to meet market demands is vital to financial survival. Constructing static storage spaces is often a wasteful exercise since today’s demand and need for large amounts of room to warehouse assets might change completely by tomorrow. It is a sign of poor planning to run out...

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What Happens To The Aluminum You Recycle?

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From an early age, we’re taught that we need to recycle. The earth’s resources are finite, so reusing them is the responsible thing to do. Each week, we separate trash from recyclables, putting each in their respective containers for pickup. But where does the recycling go from there? What happens to aluminum cans, aluminum foil and other aluminum products after they leave your home? 1. Some states allow consumers to exchange aluminum cans for deposit. While you can set your recycling by the curb, you may want to take your cans to the store to exchange them for deposit if your state offers such a program. While you don’t get much for a few cans, you can use the money you get toward your other purchases, saving a little money in the process. After they leave the store, the follow the same route as cans picked up by your waste collectors, as outlined below. 2. They’re sorted at the processing center. The sorting process at the materials recovery facility is incredibly efficient. Recyclables are put on a convey belt where paper, plastics and other materials are separated from metals such as aluminum and steel. Just as the paper and plastics go on to be sorted further, so do the metals. Household metals (usually in the form of cans used for food and drinks) are sorted using magnets. A magnet separates the steel cans, and a reverse magnet or eddy current picks out aluminum. 3. Quality control is essential to the process. As efficient as machines are at sorting and processing recyclables, the human factor cannot be completely eliminated. Workers are poised at stations along the processing line to pull out contaminants that didn’t get sorted out the first time. Workers also further sort paper products into cardboard, newspapers and other materials before they’re packaged into bales. 4. The materials are bundled for shipping. After materials are separated, they are squashed and smashed into large bales. A bale of aluminum cans, for instance, weighs about 1,000 pounds and contains approximately 31,000 cans. The bales are sold and shipped to companies around the world to be made into new products. The amazing thing about aluminum is that it can be recycled a number of times, and the recycled aluminum has the same quality as new aluminum. Paper, on the other hand, quickly loses quality as it loses more fiber each time it’s recycled. 5. The aluminum is melted down for new cans. When the recycled aluminum arrives at its destination, a place like Pure Metal Recycling, the cans are shredded or chipped to be melted down and cast into ingots. The ingots are sent to manufacturing plants to be rolled out into aluminum sheets where they are used for a variety of products such as car parts or beverage cans. The new cans that are cut from the aluminum sheets then travel to beverage companies to be filled with sodas, juices and other drinks. All in all, it only takes 6 to 8 weeks for the aluminum can you recycle to end up back on supermarket shelves. From there, consumers purchase the cans, drink the beverages and begin the recycling process again. Fortunately, the recycling rate increases every year. This keeps a significant percentage of waste out of landfills—an important endeavor since...

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Getting An Air Compressor? What Kind Of Pneumatic Tools Are On Your Wish List This Holiday Season?

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Did your special someone hint that you might be getting your own air compressor this holiday season? If you are the DIY type who loves to tinker on a number of projects, you’re probably all smiles. Odds are you’re even thinking about what types of pneumatic tools you want to go along with it. The following explains the basics of pneumatic tools and gives you some ideas for that all-important wish list. About Pneumatic Tools A pneumatic tool is a power tool that is driven by compressed air, usually provided by an air compressor. In some instances, small pneumatic tools, such as artist’s air brushes, may be powered by compressed carbon dioxide canisters or cylinders. But, once the containers are empty you have to replace them. An air compressor keeps supplying power until you turn it off, or, if you have a gas model, until it runs out of gas. The tools are connected to the storage cylinder on the compressor via an air supply hose. The amount of air supplied is governed by a regulator. Once the air compressor, which works like a small engine, brings the pressure up in the cylinder, the motor will cycle on and off as needed to maintain that pressure. A gauge lets you know if the air pressure is at a safe level and a safety valve lets you release air if that pressure gets too high. Possible Tools For That Wish List Here are four of the most popular pneumatic tools found in the workshops of avid DIY project lovers. Air Impact Wrench If you like to work on cars, an air impact wrench might be useful. These are the tools mechanics use when changing tires. This power tool makes it easy to get those sometimes stubborn and perhaps rusty lug nuts unscrewed. Kits with different sized sockets, both metric and standard, are available. Pneumatic Nail Gun Head for any building construction site and you’ll find workers driving nails into studs using pneumatic nail guns instead of hammers. If you are into home renovation projects, this tool would be very useful. The nail guns are loaded with long strips or coils of fasteners, sort of like giant staples. Instead of setting an individual nail and hammering it in, the nail gun is placed on the surface of the wood, the trigger is pulled and the nail is in. No more hitting your thumb with the hammer. Nail guns are safe as long as you’re careful. They are designed to discharge only if the tip of the nail gun, called the muzzle, is touching the wood.  Air Sander An air sander lets you sand any type of wood product much faster than the manual variety. The most commonly found models are orbit sanders, used to smooth large, flat areas, such as table tops or even wooden boat hulls. Palm sized devices can be used on fine detail work. Either way, it beats the constant rub-rub-rub of sandpaper on wood. If you are into woodworking or restoring hardwood furnishings, or even floors, put this tool on your list. Airbrushes Airbrushes are a miniature version of the paint sprayer. In fact, the air brush, invented in 1876, came first. They are most often used in body shops to add custom details on repainted and/or...

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Wood Sources For Use As Fuel In Commercial Heating Systems: Pros And Cons

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Commercial wood-burning heating systems are a great alternative for businesses and other institutions that need to heat an area containing a lot of square feet. Wood costs much less than oil, coal and natural gas, and it is a proven renewable fuel source that has been used for thousands of years for heating. However, to be a viable alternative, the wood itself must meet certain characteristics to be usable without expensive preparations or potentially causing harm when burned. If you are thinking about purchasing a this kind of commercial heating system, you need to know about the types and availability of fuel. Here is more information to help you make informed decisions before you buy: Wood pellets Wood pellets consist of sawdust that has been mechanically compressed to form dense pellets that measure about three-fourths inch in length by approximately one-fourth inch in diameter. These pellets are commonly used by homeowners as fuel for specially-produced pellet stoves. However, commercial units are available on the market. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of using wood pellets for heating in a commercial setting: Advantages Conveniently-sized for easy handling Burns uniformly and predictably Can be converted back to sawdust with addition of water Disadvantages Much more expensive than other wood fuels Whole tree chips This source of wood fuel is usually produced at the site of tree harvesting or cutting. Culled trees that are not suitable for commercial use are placed wholly inside chippers; alternatively, just the branches and limbs are processed if they are cut from otherwise-usable timber. Field chipping machinery is usually much less consistently controlled and maintained than machines found in other facilities. The advantages and disadvantages of using whole-tree chips are: Advantages Inexpensive since it is often considered a “waste” wood product Environmentally-friendly as it uses all the parts of a tree Disadvantages Inconsistently-sized pieces since field chippers usually don’t screen for size Mixed types of wood, including both softwoods and hardwoods, may make consistent operation of burner more difficult No quality control of product which can lead to feed-mechanism jamming with long strips, introduction of excessively dirty or wet wood, and other problems Mill chips These chips are produced as a byproduct of lumber manufacturing in sawmills. Mill chips, which usually measure about an inch square each, are the most commonly used type of chip in commercial wood-burning systems. They are also used by paper manufacturers as pulp stock and as a fuel source for large electrical power plants. Mill chips offer the following advantages and disadvantages: Advantages Very uniform pieces that make for reliable, consistent handling and burning Typically the cleanest of wood chips Available from producers in a number of locations around the United States Disadvantages Most costly form of wood chip due to high demand from other users Chips that have been stored outside for long periods of time may contain rocky debris and other undesirable materials Undesirable sources The following types of wood are often readily available for very low cost, but they are problematic for use in a commercial wood-burning heating system: Wood bark – bark that is stripped from trees can be burned, but it is often fibrous and extremely inconsistent in size and shape; that poses problems for machines that feed the burner unit. In addition, bark is frequently gathered...

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How To Get Ready To Move Into A Tiny House In 3 Easy Steps

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Are you getting ready to make the big move and join the tiny house movement? You’re in good company. Everyone from millennials to retirees are joining the tiny house revolution. The reasons people give up their large homes for micro ones that are only a few hundred square feet each are as vast and varied as those who are doing it. Some of the most common reasons for moving into a tiny house include: Wanting to live mortgage-free A desire to reduce one’s carbon footprint A need or desire to lower utility bills Wanting a portable house for easy travel Whatever your reason for moving into a tiny house, doing it right takes some preparation. It’s a whole different way of living from what you’re used to. Getting ready in advance and knowing what to expect from your tiny house experience will make the transition easier. Here are three ways you can get ready for your move now, so that you will be happy and comfortable in your new, tiny digs from day one. 1. Downsize Your Material Belongings Moving the contents of a 3,000 square foot house into a 300 square foot home isn’t going to work in any universe. You’ve got to get rid of the things you don’t really need, want, or use. A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used it in at least a year, you don’t need it and can sell it, donate it, or trash it (sentimental items like photo albums don’t count in this exercise). A big part of downsizing is learning the difference between “need vs. want.” What do you have that you really need? What is not necessary, but keeping it brings you a special joy? What do you have that you don’t need and doesn’t enrich your life in any way? Categorizing things this way will help you to decide what to keep and what to let go. Once you’ve decided what material things will be leaving your life, it’s a good idea to send them all away at once so you don’t change your mind. Take everything you’re donating down to the donation sites at once. Get a dumpster rental for a day and use it to toss all the things you’re trashing. Many dumpster rental companies will come and take the full dumpster away, so you never have to second guess your junking decisions. 2. Change Out Regular Furniture for Multi-Purpose Furniture A big part of living in a tiny house is making the most of the space. You don’t want to rent a storage shed to keep your belongings, as this defeats the goal of living more simply. Instead, realize there will be little storage space in your new home, and plan for it. Multi-purpose furniture can help with this by allowing you to use your space creatively. Things like beds with built-in drawers underneath for storage, fold-out tables, and extra deep shelves can all help you adjust perfectly to tiny living. 3. Create a Way to Enjoy the Outdoors You won’t feel your tiny house is too tiny if you have the whole world as part of it. Creating ways to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible is essential to tiny house living. According to, building a deck onto...

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How To Maintain Your Bakery’s Deck Oven

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If you have a deck oven in your bakery then you understand the importance of baking quality bread for your customers. However, one important aspect of owning a deck oven is knowing how to maintain it properly. Proper maintenance will keep it working properly, extend your oven’s life, and keep your bread smelling wonderful. Your deck oven doesn’t only need one type of maintenance. It needs several types such as: Daily Monthly Semi-annual Long-term Knowing the different types of maintenance and exactly what you should be doing will keep your deck oven in tip-top shape. Daily Maintenance You don’t need to deep clean and scrub your deck oven every day at closing time. Your deck oven will continue to run properly as long as you take a couple of minutes after closing to give it some TLC. When bread bakes, it often creates crumbs that fall on the bottom of the oven. Breadcrumbs not only burn and create smoke; they contain ethanol, which can combust if left to heat repeatedly. You can remove the breadcrumbs easily with just a vacuum hose or an oven brush. Once you finish removing all of the breadcrumbs, wipe down the outside of the oven with a mild cleanser. Be sure not to use a wire brush or a harsh cleaner so you don’t scratch the surface of the stainless steel. Monthly Maintenance About once a month, you should deep clean the interior of your deck oven. This is because even with daily maintenance, some crumbs will escape the clutches of your brush or vacuum and bake into the interior of your oven. During your monthly deep clean, focus your attention on several parts of the oven. These include: Exterior glass doors Interior glass doors Steam exhaust blower Burner air-intake This will allow everything to remain clean while ensuring that your oven has proper airflow. Debris can clog the blower and intake. Without proper airflow, your bread will not bake properly. Semi-Annual Maintenance Semi-annual maintenance can actually be annual maintenance depending on your oven usage. If your oven is running every day from morning until night then semi-annual is advised. This is where a technician will come into your restaurant every six months to a year and provide you with professional maintenance. The professional maintenance will test several parts of your oven to ensure that it is running at 100%. These tests include: CO2 levels Gas pressure Chimney blockage Steam generator build up Exhaust fan wear Mechanical switches These aren’t tests that untrained individuals can perform. Sometimes you will have no idea that there is an issue until it causes damage over a longer period of time. Your professional maintenance will help your deck oven last as long as possible, and save your company money in the long run. Long-term Maintenance So what else could possibly need to be done? Just like any other mechanical object, your deck oven has some small parts that take the brunt of the wear and tear, and need to be replaced over time. Depending on your oven usage, you will want to have certain parts replaced every 3-5 years. If you don’t, they can break during business hours and cause you to lose money from having to close up shop unexpectedly. It’s better to replace the parts before...

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