Maintaining a plate heat exchanger and its related cost is not just a good idea -- it is a necessity for any successful business strategy concerned with its continued manufacturing productivity. It is safe to say that it would be rare to find someone in this industry that does not believe in having a plate heat exchanger maintenance strategy. The key is its scope and effectiveness. When thinking of establishing a maintenance strategy, the tough questions that affect budgets come quickly to mind:
The challenge comes from knowing when to spend on maintenance efforts with a look toward a reasonable return on that investment and when maintenance can be effective through lower-cost methods. This is not necessarily an either/or proposition: It is more of a good balancing act with a look toward the best methods of maintenance to garner the greatest equipment productivity. It is not just spending money on maintenance that leads to effective productivity; it is spending money wisely.