How To Maintain A Filter Press In Winter
It is an important task to maintain a filter press in winter. Producers operating in cold climates need to take the damage that ice can cause seriously. Although many of the filter presses are under roof, freezing can still occur, causing damage to equipment.
- Slurry feed pumps should be opened, cleaned, and drained;
- Gland system for feed pumps should be opened, cleaned, and drained;
- All piping should be opened, cleaned, and drained;
- All valves should be opened, cleaned, and drained;
- Filter cloths and plates should be washed leaving no mud between cloth and filter plates;
- Filter cloths and plates should be as dry as possible prior to closing mobile plate;
- Threads and machined surfaces, such as cylinder rods, should be protected against rust and corrosion;
- Cloth washing systems need to be drained, cleaned, and blown dry;
- Plate shifter should oiled and covered if it could become exposed to the elements;
- Hydraulic power units should topped off with oil; oil should be replaced during spring start-up.
With proper selection, operation, and maintenance, a filter press can create an economic advantage for operators dealing with tailings.
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