Humidity In The Production Factories
February 26th, 2015 by Smart Fog
Do you work in production factory? If so, you should pay close attention to the humidity levels, because allowing moisture vapor to either rise or drop below “ normal” levels could potentially damage your product, machinery, and cause certain health issues with workers. To learn more about the dangers of humidity (or lack thereof) in production factories, and what you can do about, keep reading.
While each and every production factory is different, most of them feature conveyer belts to guide product down an assembly and/or quality inspection line. These belts are often made of materials like steel and rubber or thermoplastic. When exposed to humid environments over a prolonged length of time, there’s an inherit risk of these components rusting – even if it’s made of “stainless steel.” Rust occurs when oxygen comes into contact with iron, at which point new chemical changes occur that result in the deterioration of the metal. Allowing heavy machinery to become rusted is a serious and costly mistake that can greatly impact a business’s finances. This is why it’s important for employers and workers in production factories to monitor the surrounding humidity levels.
Furthermore, too much humidity can damage the actual product. Of course, this is something that varies depending on the particular type of product being produced and what exactly it is comprised of. Some materials, such as leather, are particularly susceptible to the damaging effects of humidity. The excess moisture vapor will saturate the microscopic pores of the leather, promoting the formation of mold and mildew. But even non-leather products are vulnerable to the effects of humidity, so don’t assume your production factory is safe just because it doesn’t produce leather.
Low levels of humidity can prove equally as damaging in production factories. When there’s minimal moisture vapor in the air, the air will attempt to draw moisture from its surroundings Going back to the example above, leather would dry out when exposed to low humidity. If you work in a factory that produces leather belts and jackets, for instance, these products would likely begin to crack open after a while.
The bottom line is that production factories need to maintain a mild-to-moderate humidity level to prevent damage from occurring to either the machinery or the products. Humidity is easily regulated, however, with the use of a commercial-grade humidifier.