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How a Good Maintenance Program Translates to Performance – AirTek

In heavy industry—as in other fields—the most important part about being in business is simply staying in business. But “staying in business” may be more easily said than done, especially for those industries with stringent environmental compliance regulations. “Staying in business” means maximizing the working hours in the day, complying with environmental regulation, and otherwise not shooting yourself in the foot or committing unforced errors.

You rely on heavy machinery to keep you and your crew compliant with local, state, and federal regulations, but your heavy machinery relies on you to keep it up and running as powerfully as possible. Regular maintenance can boost performance, optimize daily operations, and generally increase performance across the board. Here’s how.

Stay Compliant

Air pollution equipment—such as an electrostatic precipitator—allows your team to stay focused on the day’s work. An optimally functioning electrostatic precipitator gives you and your crew the peace of mind to work at the highest levels of performance without worrying about compliance in the slightest.

Penalties for noncompliance are a great deal more inconvenient than regular maintenance. If your electrostatic precipitator (or another vital piece of equipment) is found to be less than adequate, sudden work stoppages, expensive emergency repairs, and even health and safety violations may soon follow. 

In the interest of carrying on with your business, it’s best to stick to a solid, disciplined maintenance schedule. At the very least, scheduling your maintenance ahead of time may save you from scheduling maintenance as an emergency.

Consistency is King

While it can be easy to neglect certain pieces of equipment that don’t (at first glance) have much to do with the daily operation of your facility, an overlooked electrostatic precipitator is more likely to underperform today or even malfunction altogether tomorrow without regular maintenance. Maintenance put off over weeks, months, or days is bound to catch up with you at some point. That bill will inevitably come due.

Without regular maintenance, you’re creating an unknowable variable in the daily operation of your facility. Will your electrostatic precipitator malfunction this week? Next? When it does malfunction, will it require just one part to fix or several? Will that malfunction cause cascade failure in your operation, requiring a work stoppage to correct? At the end of the day, we simply can’t know.

To stay open for business, compliant with regulations, and consistent in hours worked and revenue generated from month to month, regular maintenance helps us by removing a significant amount of doubt.

Power is Preferable

Environmental compliance is not measured in zeroes or ones. While local, state, and federal agencies set measurable thresholds for air pollution, it’s not always optimal to stay at or near the upper ranges of those levels. Ultimately, environmental compliance is important to you because staying compliant means staying open for business. Even flirting with the upper limits of “parts per million, etc.” is unwise.

Simply put, the more efficiently and powerfully your electrostatic precipitator runs, the better. If you never even approach a limit, you’re a great deal less likely to exceed it. Staying as far away as possible from dangerous limits is simply the best strategy. 

So while your neglected electrostatic precipitator may still keep you technically compliant with regulations, a better maintained piece of equipment could provide you with a valuable cushion.

Schedule Maintenance & Carry On

In some industries, it can often feel like there’s never a good time for maintenance. But in all honesty, every single machine—no matter how well it’s engineered—will require maintenance sooner or later. 

Staying on top of your regularly scheduled maintenance is less about fixing what’s broken and more about never allowing anything critical to your operation to break in the first place. Even so, unforeseen problems may occur. But at least those issues won’t compound or worsen neglect to the point of a work stoppage or worse. 

For peace of mind, consistent operation, and optimum performance, call AirTek to schedule your regular maintenance today. Let us worry about your machinery so that you don’t have to.

Maintain your equipment before it causes problems. Call AirTek.

The best emergencies are the ones that never happen. The second best emergencies are the ones we can see coming from a long way off. To stay prepared and spare yourself the arrival of an honest-to-goodness emergency, call AirTek to schedule regular maintenance today. At AirTek, we’ve been innovating, repairing, and maintaining electrostatic precipitators for more than three decades. Contact us or give us a call today at (334) 384-0457!

AirTek Everywhere – Our Electrostatic Precipitators by Industry

Industry and regulation—the two will forever go hand in hand. But the most successful industrial leaders of our times find ways to appease both sides of the coin. By meeting and maintaining regulatory guidelines, we reallocate resources which help us rise to the top of our field.

Electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) are vital components in even the loftiest industrial dreams. But the majority of electrostatic precipitators used today are aging and in dire need of upgrades. After nearly three and a half decades of revolutionizing ESPs, AirTek has turned its attention to designing, engineering, fabricating, and erecting electrostatic precipitators of our own.

Here are just a few of the industries relying on AirTek’s cutting-edge technology today.

Power Generation

Energy is everything. It literally makes the world go round. But making energy is a tricky business, and even basic methods of power generation run a risk of creating airborne pollutants. 

AirTek’s electrostatic precipitators help our partners in the power generation industry by catching regulated particulates in boiler gases, ensuring that our partners stay in business and that everyone’s lights stay on.

Pulp & Paper

Moving on to boilers of a different sort, AirTek is proud to play a role in the especially challenging pulp and paper industry. The conversion process to take wood to pulp or paper creates unique particles in the resulting gasses. These particles are important to capture, both from an environmental standpoint and for reuse in the chemical recovery process.  

AirTek’s electrostatic precipitators, enjoy the benefits of decades of research, expert design, and the latest in monitoring technology to ensure the consistent operation of our nation’s pulp and paper industry.


In perhaps the most highly regulated industry today, AirTek’s masterfully engineered electrostatic precipitators perform day in and day out. Refining processes throughout the petrochemical industry result in uniquely regulated byproducts. But our experience with our petrochemical partners through the years has given us an insider’s edge.

Staying within regulations is essential to the petrochemical industry. That’s why we go the extra mile at AirTek to design exceptional electrostatic precipitators to keep our partners operating at maximum efficiency. 

Partners in Progress 

In addition to the power generation, pulp/paper, and petrochemical industries, AirTek electrostatic precipitators serve too many other industries to list. From steel manufacturing to rock products, our electrostatic precipitators are keeping our partners compliant, operational, and successful.

To repair, maintain, or upgrade your current electrostatic precipitator, or to see what an AirTek ESP can do for you, contact us today. Serving our industrial partners in Troy, AL, and the surrounding region, AirTek can help you strive toward your industrial dreams for decades to come.

Helping you meet and exceed your industrial dreams.

Regulations, no matter how strict, are just one more bump on your road to success. With AirTek electrostatic precipitators, you can spend more time thinking about efficiency, revenue, and costs, while spending less time on staying compliant. Keep your doors open and your mind free with AirTek. For more information, contact us or give us a call today at (334) 384-0457!


Common Inspection Issues with Electrostatic Precipitators – AirTek

Your electrostatic precipitator keeps your operation compliant with local and federal environmental protection guidelines. But maintaining your electrostatic precipitator can sometimes become an afterthought, leading to diminished performance and compounding issues.

At AirTek, we know it’s not always easy to keep on top of daily checks and performance monitoring. But your ESP is too vital to neglect. These are the most common issues discovered in electrostatic precipitators during inspection that you may be able to prevent with regular maintenance and diligence.

Dust Accumulation

Typically speaking, dust removal systems can be often overlooked. As a critical component in the daily operation of your electrostatic precipitator, the continued, strong function of your dust removal system keeps your ESP healthy. If the dust removal system ceases to function the ESP can ground out and shut down your operation.  

Since dust accumulation can contribute to a cascade failure of other components in your ESP, it’s vital that you stay on top of regular maintenance. If you suspect that a component of your dust removal system is failing to meet reliability expectations, it may be time to call in the pros.

Buildup on Collection Plates

Another threat to your precipitator comes in the form failed rappers. Failure to inspect or maintain the rapping system will leave the collection plates covered in dust.  This dust covering will reduce the effectiveness of the charged particles migrating to the grounded collection plates.  As time goes on this effect will become worse and worse, eventually causing the ESP to be no longer effective.   

Rapping effectiveness on ESP plates is a snowballing issue—one that needs your attention (or the attention of professionals) straight away.

Electrode Failure 

Most modern electrostatic precipitators feature rigid frames and rigid electrodes, providing an extended electrode life. Many ESPs in use today may be retrofitted with these upgrades or still have wire discharge electrodes.  Electrode failures aren’t a guarantee in older ESPs, but they do have a greater chance of developing if your electrostatic precipitator has been operating for a decade or more. 

Depending on where the electrode failure occurs, it can lead to diminished performance or out-and-out failure, compromising the daily operation of your electrostatic precipitator and leading to other, chronic issues such as those listed above. If these breakages are happening more than occasionally, it is time to upgrade your system.

When in Doubt…

While you and your team may be able to detect the failure or decline in performance, when in doubt about repairs, retrofitting, or scheduled maintenance, it’s best to turn to the pros. At AirTek, we eat, sleep, and breathe electrostatic precipitators. Since 1988, our Troy, AL, team has kept its thumb on the pulse of ESP developments, upgrades, and cutting-edge technologies.

When your electrostatic precipitator requires some tender love and care, call AirTek to schedule a thorough inspection conducted by the industry’s leading professionals. We can identify past, present, and future issues while recommending necessary upgrades and repairs to keep your ESP running and your operation compliant for years to come.

Contact AirTek for everything electrostatic precipitator!

AirTek started out with one goal in mind: ensuring the health of electrostatic precipitators. While our expertise has expanded to include other, vital services, our decades of experience with ESPs gives us a unique edge. To schedule an inspection, or to learn more about how we can improve the functionality and longevity of your electrostatic precipitator, contact us or give us a call at  (334) 384-0457 today!

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Drag Chain Conveyor Parts & Maintenance from AirTek

Your drag chain conveyor is the workhorse of your plant. You rely on it for smooth, continued operation, and it’s typically dependable to the point where you almost don’t need to think about it. Drag chains are also extremely durable and are built to last. But when your drag chain conveyor breaks down, you know it.

The cost of a breakdown hits you two ways: the cost of the parts themselves, and, more seriously, the cost of the plant shutdown while waiting for the replacement parts and the following repair. A plant shutdown results in a loss of production and a waste of labor hours, and its impact can be felt for months.

We know what it takes to keep a plant operational, and a big part of it is keeping your drag chain conveyor up and running at peak efficiency.

Drag Chain Conveyor Maintenance Keeps You Up and Running

Your drag chain works hard to keep the conveyor running, and your conveyor works equally hard moving materials to or away from your machinery. It’s easy to take them for granted while focusing attention on your other equipment and making sure it undergoes regular maintenance. But drag chains need regular maintenance more than many other parts in your system.

An improperly maintained drag chain is a time bomb. A lack of lubrication can lead to slippage, wear, and, ultimately, a conveyor belt breakdown. Poorly maintained links can lead to breakage, which is dangerous for equipment and your workforce.

While it’s good to have a maintenance engineer on staff, that person can easily be stretched thin and may not have all the necessary components to get the job done. AirTek’s skilled team can ensure your whole plant is properly maintained and ready for extended heavy use. And we have all the parts and supplies to make sure your drag chain conveyor maintenance leaves nothing behind.

A Full Complement of Drag Chain Conveyor Parts

When you need drag chain conveyor parts, you need them now. If your conveyor’s broken and your plant’s not running, you’re wasting time and money—both precious resources. But with your plant running around the clock and many parts departments following office hours, who do you call? Our parts department is always open, and is your one stop shop for all your needs.

AirTek’s warehouse and storage facility means we have a huge supply of parts in stock. We have more than 200,000 square feet of storage space and over $3 million in parts inventory. Whatever you need, chances are we have it when you need it.

Drag chain conveyors are critical components of your operation, so maintaining them and making sure you have available parts ensures you can keep your plant running smoothly. The AirTek parts department is open 24/7. You call us, and we’ll get you the parts you need, fast.

Contact AirTek for Drag Chain Conveyor Parts & Maintenance

Your drag chain conveyor takes a beating, and you need a partner who can provide skilled maintenance to keep it running so it can keep your plant running. And if you break down consider us your parts department, 24/7. Our huge stock is available to you when you need it. For more information about how AirTek can keep your drag chain conveyor running smoothly, contact us today.

Trust AirTek for Full Construction Service – Electrostatic Precipitators & More

As a leader in your industry, you know what an undertaking even small construction projects can be. Sourcing, hiring, and installing take enough time and effort on their own, especially when dealing with heavy electrostatic precipitators and other large air pollution control equipment. To make matters more difficult, you’ll want specialized labor for specialized equipment. Add it all up, and even a relatively simple construction project becomes a major time suck.

In our three decades of business, AirTek has personally directed, staffed, and completed major, special construction projects for thermal oxidizers, scrubbers, ash removal systems, and electrostatic precipitators (among so many more). Our team of specialized professionals have first-hand experience with the specific rigors of these construction undertakings.

At AirTek, we specialize in all aspects of construction, from direct hiring and on-site labor, to new construction, rebuilds, and maintenance. Here’s just a sampling of how we can guide your project to completion with the finesse and efficiency your industry demands.

Direct Construction Services

At AirTek, we’re more than a little familiar with large, capital-intensive projects. Additionally, our seasoned construction and engineering professionals are supported by a trusted pool of dedicated construction personnel. We come ready with a deep background in large construction projects and the personnel required to finish them optimally.

Our team of engineers also pride themselves on keeping up with the latest and greatest advancements in electrostatic precipitator technology. Since 1988, Airtek has been designing, engineering, and installing electrostatic precipitators for industrial partners far and wide. As a result, we offer a great deal more than just installation, including inspections, maintenance, repairs/upgrades, and even fabrication. 

On top of upgrading and fabricating equipment, we’re also experienced in the installation of OEM equipment like scrubbers, mechanical collectors, ash removal systems, and a range of auxiliary equipment. Our diverse skill sets, track-record, and expertise translate to the highest standard of service.

Construction Management Services

By putting our decades of specialized experience to work, AirTek can manage your construction project with the kind of attention it deserves. Our specialists and the specialists that come with them have worked on dozens of large air pollution control projects for power plants, paper mills and other demanding, heavy industries with narrow margins for error. 

Our construction management teams provide a host of project management services to meet your unique needs, including pre-project planning, bid evaluations, materials management, project scheduling, and start-up for the safest and most successful completion possible so you can continue to do what you do best—get back to business.

At AirTek, we offer the following construction management services:

Pre-Project Construction Planning
Pre-Qualification of Bidders
Preparation of Bid Packages & Documents
Bid Evaluations
Recommendations & Contract Negotiations

Materials Management & Procurement
Pre-Project Construction Planning
Material Specification
Material Inspection & Management
Procurement & Purchasing

Construction Management
Project Scheduling
Construction Administration
Safety & Quality Management
Commissioning & Start-up

We’ll Take it From Here

When you hire AirTek for your construction services, you’re also getting one of the finest byproducts of our years of experience: confidence. We’re here to take your project from start to finish by letting our specialists guide every aspect of the project. With experience, expertise, and passion for getting the job done right, AirTek is here to help you no matter the project scope or size.

How can AirTek help your construction project today?

Even minor construction projects can require serious coordination among numerous workforces to achieve the greatest outcome. When you need a comprhensive partner for the construction process, trust AirTek’s track record of excellence and our curated pool of expert construction management personnel to get your job done right the first and only time. For more information about how AirTek can help you see a job through to completion, contact us today.