Whether you are working in a manufacturing unit or involved in a mining project, one thing is for sure, you have experienced downtime. Worse is when this happens during the most unexpected time. This equates to great financial costs and can even lead the business to lose its competitive edge.
In many businesses, the use of heavy machines is integral in businesses. With the help of machine repair and proactive maintenance, unplanned downtime can be avoided. At the same time, this ensures great performance, while saving energy and fuel for a safer workplace.
Machine Repair for Longevity
Replace Lubricants Regularly
All heavy machines are dependent on lubricants to function better. Lubricants help reduce friction in the moving parts. As a result, wear and tear are decreased. In addition, they help keep the inside parts of the machine clean by preventing any soot buildup.
Clean the Machine Properly and Thoroughly
Proper and thorough cleaning is as important as the use of lubricants. But a lot of organizations pay less attention to this. Dirt, dust, and soot can clog filters, cooling fans, vents, and seals thus decreasing the performance of the machine. Be sure to check every element of the machine.
One of the best ways to clean your machine is to use a hose that can forcefully remove any trace of dirt. But there are some parts that can be tricky to clean. For this, you have to use special cleaning methods like steam cleaning, pressure washing, and acid washing.
Check your Equipment for Wear and Tear
There are various factors that could cause wear and tear through the time of using the machine. This includes accidents, ageing, poor operating habits, and environmental factors. Although you take all the necessary precautions, ageing would eventually affect the important components of the machine. This is why it is important to check all parts for any sign of wear and tear.
In addition to mechanical components, you also need to check electrical wires and electronics. The high temperature that arise from extended use, environmental factors like water and dust, and vibrations from de-aligned belts and gears can cause damage to the wires. You need to check alternators, starters, and other electrical parts to guarantee a smooth performance.
Do Not Exceed Performance Specifications
Every machine comes with its own set of performance limitations like maximum load capacity, temperature, range of operating pressure, etc. With this, you need to see to it that you read and understand the operator’s manual so you can make the most out of your equipment.
Exceeding the performance limit would lead to wear and tear and reduced longevity. Also, it can compromise the efficiency of the machine. With it performs poorly, work and productivity will be affected which can mean a great loss for the company.
Repair and maintenance should be performed to avoid further and more serious problems. When these things are done properly and regularly, you can expect your machine to be of service to you for a very long time.