Industrial machinery works hard, and as such, requires continual maintenance to keep everything working effectively and efficiently. Large, heavy machinery such as that used in mining, farming and heavy industry has to be kept in tip top condition to avoid costly downtime and to ensure continued safety. Here are some tips for maintaining large machinery:
- Don’t neglect machinery operator training
A machine is only as good as the person or people controlling it. A top priority should always be the correct and safe use of any piece of industrial machinery. An inspection should be carried out as soon as a machine is procured, with operator training as soon as possible. Training should also be an ongoing activity, as operators might change, skills become lazy or rusty over time and improper use could result in machinery breakdown.
- Don’t forget to lubricate
Machinery often requires lubricant to lessen friction around moving parts. Adding lubricants frequently in a regular schedule of maintenance will help to prolong the life of your machine. Make sure the lubricant used is the right one for the machinery. You can do this by checking with what the manufacturer recommends.
- Check for deterioration
Contributing factors to breakdowns in machinery include high temperatures, excessive friction, age, vibration and shock. Over time, belts will warp, seals will crack, and bolts loosen, for example. Performing a regular maintenance check will identify any signs of wear and tear as soon as possible, enabling you to take care of necessary replacements in good time. For vital replacements parts, such as a galvanized steel Spiral Duct, visit Dust Spares.
- Keep the area clean
The environment surrounding machinery, and the machines themselves should be kept clean and clutter-free. Seals and filters help to reduce contamination, and these should be inspected regularly to ensure they are in good working order. Any machinery not in current use should be stored away from the elements and run occasionally, even if not required.
- Keep a maintenance schedule and records
Parts of machinery that need to be regularly inspected include electrical systems, fluids, filters and belts. Keeping a structured schedule for checking these things is a great way to practice preventative maintenance. Keeping records is another helpful way of being able to look up when a piece of equipment was last checked, repaired or replaced.
Any moving parts also need to be included and checked for lubricant levels, vibration and any wear and tear signs.
Parts that are exposed to friction, such as gaskets, bearings and seals also need to be regularly inspected and replaced if worn out. Filters also need frequent replacement.