Industrial fans are a common installation in most industrial setups. They work by circulating air on the factory floor and providing the much-needed circulation of air and cooling of the surroundings.
They are required not just for increasing the efficiency of the workplace environment, but also for maintaining the necessary safety levels in regards to air quality and temperature inside the workplace.
There are quite a few types of industrial fans available on the market, but all of them have the following characteristic common advantages:
- Eliminating the use of smaller fans: In the absence of an industrial fan, most factory floors have to use different types of fans for multiple purposes. These include ceiling fans for circulating air and lowering temperature, cooler fans to reduce the temperature of the machinery, and even air conditioning systems to regulate air temperature and airflow. With the use of industrial fans, the need for spending money on all these different utilities separately is eliminated, and a single source can perform the functions of all of these combined.
- Improved air circulation: Air circulation is one of the most important factors in an industrial workplace. Generally, an industrial workplace involves a large number of heavy machinery, which generates a lot of heat and particulate matters which get dissipated into the surroundings. By using industrial fans, the air around the workplace is circulated and with it, the generated dust and other particulate matters are too. Thus improved air circulation helps in the removal of dust and other particulate matter which are generated on the industry floor due to various processes, preventing them from being inhaled excessively by the workers.
- Natural air conditioner: While some office spaces are air conditioned, most factory floors are devoid of air conditioning. This means that the workers are subjected to the onslaught of temperature variation throughout the year in different seasons, causing a reduction in productivity. Industrial fans act as natural air conditioners by regulating the airflow. In the heat of the summer, the industrial fans work by bringing in the fresh air and circulating it around the factory floor, pushing away the heated, stagnant air. In the winter months, the colder air around the floor is replaced by the warmer air located near the ceiling. Depending on the quality, an industrial fan produces a temperature difference of about 5°-7°C.
- Improved worker productivity: It is often said that happy workers make a productive factory. Every little thing contributing to a better workplace environment helps in increasing worker productivity. Industrial fans contribute to one such cause by maintaining the extremes of temperature in the summer and winter months, and providing a more stable and comfortable environment for the workers to work in. This usually results in greater worker satisfaction and increase productivity.
- Savings on utility and power costs: The overheating of machinery cost by the heating up of the stagnant air in the factory premises can often result in higher power consumption by the machinery producing a higher carbon footprint as well as increasing the power-related costs of utilities. The quicker heating can also often cause shortening of the lifespan of the machinery, causing more amount of money to be spent on their upkeep, maintenance, and repair. Having industrial fans installed in the factory floor can go a long way in curtailing these costs, allowing you to save up on both power utilities and maintenance costs.
The correct working environment is the first thing that determines how well a factory is run. This is applicable to both machines and human resources inside the factory. An industrial fan acts in multiple ways to improve temperature regulation, air circulation and elimination of dust and other particulate matter, making the working surroundings better for both man and machine.