Henkel’s LOCTITE maintenance workshops add reliability to plant operations

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Manufacturers’ Monthly finds out about how LOCTITE products are used to drive cost savings and improve sustainability. 

Proactive maintenance is a norm in many industrial operations, including in recycling plants. 

But even with a program of preventive maintenance in place, it’s easy to miss small leaks through a loose fastener or fretting corrosions in bearings and other cylindrical parts. 

To help the maintenance and repair teams keep a closer watch on the potential areas of imminent failure and to drive more cost effectiveness from the equipment, Henkel Australia provides in-plant surveys and training workshops in partnership with their national distribution partners.  

Commercial Business Manager, Stephen Grimstone, explains what the workshops aim to deliver. 

“Our hands-on, on-site training workshops review common failures, teaching our customers’ maintenance teams how to avoid these with a proactive maintenance routine and avoid costly, unplanned downtime.  This helps increase uptime and productivity within plants.”  

“Our LOCTITE engineers identify process issues and equip maintenance staff with the plans, knowledge and tools to improve cost savings, streamline operations and boost reliability when they implement LOCTITE maintenance solutions,” he says. 

Solutions that incorporate LOCTITE services, alongside adhesives, epoxies, coatings and sealants, can help businesses develop a more proactive approach, reduce costly downtime, enhance reliability of operations and lower overall operating costs. 

Henkel’s Victoria and Tasmania State Sales Manager, Richard Hoe, has been with the company for nearly 10 years and delivered hundreds of MRO workshops to end users in different industries. 

Hoe explains the workshops are often subdivided into two parts. 

“First, we conduct a plant survey to identify the specific applications that the particular facility has. We then tailor our training session to focus on the particular solutions that could help the maintenance team achieve more efficiency and reduce downtime by using the range of solutions that Henkel’s LOCTITE adhesives have to offer.” 

Hoe says having the right products and tools close by can allow you to react as quickly as possible. So even if you can’t completely remove unplanned downtime, you can at least dampen its overall impact.  

“For example, as part of the training workshops, we might talk about how and why gaskets fail, why the threaded seals leak, what causes bearings to slip in the shafts or housings, and more importantly, how these can be prevented by using the right products from the Henkel LOCTITE range.” 

The LOCTITE industrial adhesive range includes a number of anaerobic adhesive solutions that are ideal for preventive maintenance in a workshop scenario, Hoe says. 

These solutions are subdivided into four core categories: thread locking, thread sealing, liquid gasket solutions and retaining. 

In a recent LOCTITE maintenance workshop, Hoe says the LOCTITE engineering team noticed that a customer was using PTFE tapes to seal pipe threads, which was not doing the job efficiently. 

“By introducing the LOCTITE thread sealants to the customer, we were able to resolve the leakage problem. The solution was implemented over the weekend and the production line was back in operation by Monday,” Hoe says. 

This is where LOCTITE rely on their distribution partners to not only supply products to customers but engage in site surveys to get an insight into the customers’ needs.  

According to Hoe, while the LOCTITE anaerobic adhesives have become synonymous with high performance and reliability, the brand is consistently improving. 

Starting this year, the LOCTITE anaerobic adhesives products are available in new and improved packaging bottles that help reduce the risk of counterfeit products being purchased. 

In another move that helps end users deliver on their own waste reduction targets, Henkel has partnered with TerraCycle, a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle materials, to provide a package recycling solution for its anaerobic adhesive range. 

Grimstone adds: “Together with our distribution partners, we don’t just provide access to the products required but work with our customers to get the job done right and help them add value in their respective operations.”  

Even these days with the limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Henkel LOCTITE and its distribution partners both go to great lengths to support its customers and continue to engage with customers through webinars, online meetings and training videos,” he concludes.