When you work with machinery on a day to day basis you know you need to look after it. When machinery words well you have a better return on investment (ROI) and you get all of your jobs done.
So how can you take extra care of your machinery? What can you do to ensure you get as much as you can out of it so you get all of those jobs completed? we’re going to look at this now.
Keep up to Date with Training
If you’re working with any type of machinery you’ll need to ensure that you stay on top of the training. This is especially important if you’re working with large machinery. If there are multiple operators it’s crucial that there are ongoing inspections to ensure that the machinery is operated correctly.
You may also want to consider revising your operator manuals for specific work situations. It might also help if the manuals are written in simpler language. In fact, if you can make your manuals quite short but full of the essentials then they’ll be easier to read.
Check the Machinery for Signs of Wear
Machinery, particularly parts in heavy machinery can breakdown. This is usually caused by high temperatures, shock, and vibration. Ensure that you replace any worn parts as soon as you can. Try to opt for parts with bronze castings as they’re tougher.
Test the Lubricants from Time to Time
Lubricants tend to reduce friction around moving parts. Keeping a schedule of lubrication maintenance will extend the machinery’s life. The machinery’s parts will also have an extended life. Try to get into the habit of maintaining the lubrication at frequent intervals.
Keep Everything Clean
Machinery of all sizes usually comes with filters and seals and the work to keep the parts clean. It’s crucial that seals are inspected regularly to determine whether they are in good working order. In addition to this, filters should also be inspected regularly and changed when they need to be changed. It’s also important that breathers are kept clean. This will ensure that a vacuum is not created in the cab.
Try to avoid exposure to the weather as this can lead to rot and rust.
Keep a Repair and Maintenance Schedule
Everything needs to be checked regularly to ensure it is in good working order. Electrical systems, tracts, fluids, and tires need to be inspected. Ensure that gearboxes are checked along with bearings, friction materials, and gaskets. Check all of your v-belts and pulleys for wear and alignment and be sure to check sprockets to ensure there’s the correct meshing.
There is so much that you need to check to ensure you stay on top of all the fixtures and fittings. Make sure you have a maintenance schedule and a repair schedule so you know what to be on the lookout for.
Using the above tips can help you to keep your machinery in good working order. Machinery that’s looked after is much more likely to last longer and work well for you.