Heavy machinery, especially the Industrial Equipment requires constant maintenance and upgrades. A proper preventive upkeep is important for a business for many good reasons. It’s always a brilliant business decision and can even help save more money while creating a safe and risk-free working space and environment for everyone. Conversely, poorly maintained equipment has a short lifespan and runs ineffectively, making them a candidate for a major breakdown.
This is why solutions are advised.
Whether maintenance is done shortly or takes time, it’s absolutely important that you manage this very important process to realize a good result.
Here are top tips to consider when dealing with upkeep:
Train Your Operators
As the machinery improves and upgrades so as the skills of your operators. Machinery has multiple operators. While veteran operators are hired for the job (which is good), their skills become rusty and poor that operations eventually lead to a possible breakdown. Through training, their performance would be effective and they can facilitate everything while leveraging the valuable ideas they’ve learned.
Examine Signs of Wear
There are different factors that incite breakdown namely high temperatures, friction, shock, age and even vibration. All these attributes to damage and defects on the machinery. Should you notice the possible signs of wear and tear or moving parts inside and outside the equipment, be in haste. Take the necessary repairs or replacements before the equipment totally fail to function.
Store the equipment in a clean and well-maintained environment
Contamination happens anytime and anywhere. But the risks of it from happening will be reduced should you regularly examine and check the environment. Seals and other parts must frequently be examined to ensure that they’re working normally. Large machinery must be stored and kept on a building, if necessary. Exposure to the extremities of weather could lead to rot and rust. Run the machine on a routine basis, especially if it’s not in use. (This keeps the engines working).
While you haven’t missed a single maintenance schedule yet, take note that repairs do happen sometimes. Know what should be examined and when to do them. Here are few things which you should at least pay attention to:
- Test the oil
- Lubricate the gears on a frequent basis.
- Do seal checks.
- Examine parts for suspected problems.
Of course, these are only a few things to notice and consider. There are other parts of the equipment which you should meticulously examine to prevent problems.
Applying lubricants reduce the friction around moving parts, so it’s important to schedule a regular lubrication activity to extend the life of equipment along with their parts. This is the first step towards an effective and smart maintenance activity. Search for grease build-up or excess oil. These are some indications that the parts need to be lubricated immediately.