Star Refrigeration has launched a nationwide maintenance campaign, which it claims can significantly reduce operating costs.
Called Starcare, it’s billed as ‘pro-active’ maintenance and incorporates scheduled maintenance and full documentation provisions to satisfy statutory and business requirements, which it claims is proven to reduce lifecycle costs.
Furthermore, the plant’s performance parameters are continuously reviewed by Star engineers to ensure that running costs are kept at a minimum.
Graham Stuart, Star MD, said: “From the outset we work closely alongside each customer to develop a proactive maintenance programme tailored to their needs. With new customer sites existing equipment and operating logs are surveyed free of charge.”
“A report then highlights areas for action to bring the plant back to its original design performance, along with suggestions for improving reliability and efficiency.”
These are then developed into an agreed action plan covering implementation and performance, which is reviewed regularly with the customer.
Star uses the example of savings made at a multi-temperature distribution centre after modifications were made to the plant control system and refrigerant charge as part of a newly implemented maintenance programme.
Over a comparable 12-month period the facility saved 100,000 kW/hr per month, which corresponds to a cost saving of £84,000 per annum.