05 Nov 2021

What's New in Manufacturing in 2022? Get Set With Our Resource Guide

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Running a successful manufacturing enterprise is a challenging undertaking, demanding that you stay on top of the bigger picture as well as the finer details.
When you factor in major global shocks, rapidly changing trading conditions and fluctuating commodities prices, the challenge becomes ever bigger, and it can feel hard to know exactly what lies around the corner for your plant.
To help out, we’ve pulled together our most valuable resources to see you through the start of 2022 and beyond – so you can plan ahead with confidence.
Let’s begin.

1. Temporary heating

When was the last time you checked on the heating needs of your manufacturing plant? Getting the balance right is key: from preventing mold to dealing with a maintenance shutdown or unexpected failure, we’ve got you covered with the biggest questions to raise now, so you can stay in control.
Read our blog post 7 Questions To Ask Yourself When You Need to Temporarily Heat Your Food & Beverage Plant, for everything you need to know about temporary heating.

The importance of maintenance

2. Why you should never postpone maintenance

In all walks of life, putting off things that are difficult or awkward is always tempting. For manufacturers, maintenance is one of those things: it can feel like an unnecessary inconvenience when you’re fighting to keep your output levels up and working hard to protect your profit margins.
But, if you put it off, failures can be catastrophic. And an emergency shutdown is a far greater inconvenience than small periods of maintenance. Those needn’t even be an issue, provided you’ve taken the correct measures.
Find out what those are, and more, in our blog post Why Postponing Maintenance Will Spell Catastrophe for Your Plant.

3. How to benefit from planned maintenance

When periods of downtime do come around, they’re usually the last thing you want. As production stops, it can feel like the costs are racking up faster than you can control, and it’s not uncommon to see plant managers itching to get things back online as fast as possible.
We’re here to tell you that with proper, tailored planning, there’s really no need to be afraid of planned maintenance outages.
Our article, Want to Know How to Get More Benefit From Your Planned Maintenance Outages? explains how you can maximize downtime and increase the efficiency of your production as a whole.

4. Cooling tower repair

What’s your backlog of repairs looking like? For most manufacturing operators, COVID-19 has left them with an ever-lengthening list, and as a core piece of infrastructure, your cooling towers are likely to be at the heart of your concerns.
In this blog post, our expert Billy Childers lays out best practice for cooling tower repair, and the specific challenges that this last year has exacerbated.
Find out what he has to say and get your repair plans up to scratch in our article Cooling Tower Repair and Your Environmental Impact.

5. R22 phaseout and how to respond

R22 (or Freon) has long been at the heart of manufacturing. Used widely in air conditioning systems and for other cooling and refrigeration purposes, it’s now being phased out in favor of more environmentally-friendly chemicals.
As environmental standards grow ever stricter, it’s important to stay on top of developments so you can be sure you’re using the right refrigerants in your operation.
Read on to learn more about the issues and what you can do today to prepare for the future in our blog post Why R22 Phaseout Matters For You.

Driving efficiency

6. Improving production efficiency

No manufacturing plant will ever be 100% efficient, and there are always ways of improving your output and production processes.
But with the pressures of the day-to-day, it can be hard to find the time to focus on ways of stepping up your game.
To help out, we’ve put together a list of five ways you can find improvements, so you can optimize your plant’s productivity.
Read 5 Little-Known Ways to Drastically Improve Efficiency at Your Plant, and even download our quick-scan infographic.

7. Taking advantage of peak shaving

Peak shaving is all about reducing the maximum energy load your plant is pulling from the grid and spreading it out more consistently. It can have a big impact on improving your power reliability and cutting your energy bill.
We spoke to Catherine Redson, a Business Development Manager at Aggreko about the ways peak shaving can work for the manufacturing industry, especially if you experience a highly-fluctuating demand profile.
Learn more about it and pick up tips for your operation in Everything You Need to Know About Peak Shaving for Manufacturing Facilities.

8. Dehumidification and quality control

Successfully managing a manufacturing plant requires taking control of as many elements of the process as you can, as precisely as possible.
Sadly, when it comes to the weather, there’s little you can do. When humidity levels go through the roof it can have a big knock-on effect on your production output.
Find out how to address the issue and maintain the quality of your products in How Can Dehumidification Improve Quality Control.

And finally...

9. A review of 2021 and what the future holds

In order to look forward, we also need to look back and take on board lessons from the successes and challenges of the previous year.
There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic made this a year like no other, so it’s entirely possible that many of the other changes in the industry have flown under the radar.
Catch up, and look ahead to 2022 in our article The Manufacturing Industry: A Half Year Review, where we look at some of the biggest issues affecting your business.