A high-quality industrial machine should have a consistent and outstanding operating performance. In order to keep your industrial machines in perfect working conditions at all times, it is necessary to take regular maintenance measures.
Here are some simple tips to properly maintain your industrial machinery:
Keep a Log of the Machine's Usage and Maintenance
When you keep a log, you will have a reference in case something happens. Updated logs also allow you to avoid repeating previous work and maintenance activities.
Always Carry Out Routine Inspections and Maintenance
Routine inspections help you to fix problems before the machine will be in the worst shape. Most accidents happen not because of mechanical failure but neglect of regular inspections and maintenance.
You must pay attention to belts and chains since they can easily lead to severe problems such as belt fracture, failing brakes, collisions, and power transmission defects. Regularly check all of these for wear and tear.
Check for any cracks or leaks in the seals and repair them as soon as possible. This will prevent more severe damage to the machine and save you a lot of money in the long run. A small crack can lead to leakage or, worse, hydraulic fluid loss, which causes numerous problems for your equipment.
Do a Thorough Inspection After Long-term Use or Long Periods of Idleness
Through these inspections, you can find wear and tear in time to prevent further damage and extend the life of your equipment as much as possible. Do not forget that it is easier and less costly to replace a small damaged part than replacing a whole damaged unit. Therefore, proper inspection becomes essential for maximizing machine performance and minimizing repairs costs.
Check for Lubrication Problems
Make it a habit to check the lubrication of high-speed spindles and motors before every use. If these are not properly greased when running at high speeds, small chips may be thrown off that can cause machine damage and major human injuries. Do not forget to periodically change grease as well.
Always Use High-Quality Lubricants
The application of high-quality lubricants will reduce wear and tear on machine parts, extend service life, and prevent untimely breakdowns. Remember to replace them when they are worn or if the color has changed as indicated in the manuals.
Be Mindful of Your Industrial Machine During Operation
Watch out for malfunctions in equipment during operation. Machine malfunctions may occur at any time when you are using industrial machines. Even a slight malfunction can lead to abnormal operations, which is likely to cause more problems. Therefore, pay attention even when your machine seems to have been running smoothly for a long time and make sure that your workers know how to shut down and properly secure machines in case of emergencies.
In addition, if there is a power interruption, inspect all bolts, screws, nuts, and other fasteners before putting the machine back into operation. This is an essential step for preventing accidental falls, serious injuries, and damages to the machines.
Clean the Machine and Replace Worn-out Parts
Cleaning and replacing worn-out parts will prevent the machine from failing and, thus, prolonging its service life. It can also help you to reduce maintenance costs.
An ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure. Being on top of your equipment means knowing what parts tend to wear out including parts that may need changing when circumstances happen and surprise you.
Being prepared is having the parts available before you actually need them. If you can predict what parts will need replacing you can get a head of it before it causes a problem in your manufacturing process which could cost the business a lot of money if you can't use the machine.
Take the time to research and find the parts and have them on hand. You may need a quote for structural components beforehand so you can plan better and budget.
Resolve Problems Quickly
Remember, minor issues will become large ones if they are ignored. Additionally, do not leave heavy machinery in an unstable state, such as with loose power cords or lifting equipment without locks engaged. Such negligence can lead to serious injuries or accidents. Resolve any problems as quickly as possible to keep your machine in tip-top shape.
Workers must be aware of potential hazards and work safely, especially when running heavy machinery with dangerous movable parts. Ensure everyone's safety by reinforcing the safety measures you set up during machine inspection. Utilize these tips to help you reduce costs and save time for machine servicing and prevent accidents that may cause fatalities.