Machines are an important part of mining projects and manufacturing units. No business wants to experience machine downtime as it affects its product manufacturing process and causes an additional monetary load.
Keeping these heavy machines in working order is crucial for businesses globally. Unplanned downtime comes with enormous financial costs and may even cause your business to lose its competitive edge.
Heavy machinery is the backbone of the manufacturing and mining business. Proper care of these machines will not only save you money but will also protect your workers from any mishap. Machine breakdowns are not just costly but also compromise the safety of your workers. Preventive maintenance ensures better performance, saves fuel and energy consumption, and nurtures a safe work environment.
Here are 4 tips to help you maintain your heavy machines and increase their longevity.
Regular Lubricant Replacement
Lubricants increase the efficiency of machines and keep them in good working order. All heavy machines depend on lubricants to work effectively. Lubricants reduce the friction around the moving parts of the machine, which results in less wear and tear. Lubricants also help prevent soot build-up and keep the interior of the machines clean. Regular lubricant replacement is the first and the most important thing to maintain when performing maintenance checks. This will help you keep your machine in good working condition.
While doing a maintenance check, keep the following in mind:
- Check the lubricant level frequently. Also, look for excessive grease build-up and oil seal leaks regularly.
- It’s important that you use the right amount of lubricant. Using too little lubricant will run the risk of increased friction. Whereas, using excessive lubricant, can cause build up grease and cause performance issues.
- Make sure that you use the lubricant that is prescribed in the operations manual and recommended by the manufacturer.
Clean The Machine Thoroughly
Cleaning the machine thoroughly is as important as maintaining the lubricants levels. Thorough cleaning of your machine will increase its lifespan. Dirt, debris, and soot can clog filters, seals, cooling fans, and vents, decreasing the overall performance of your machine. The easiest way to clean your machine is with a water hose that will forcefully remove the dust and debris from your machine. However, there are few parts of the machine such as its iron chains and pins that are difficult to clean with a water hose. You will have to use special cleaning methods like pressure or power washing to clean such parts of your machine.
Check For Wear And Tear
Different factors can cause wear and tear over time such as accidents, aging, and the environment. Even if you take all the precautionary measures you can not avoid aging, with time the machines parts will start to age. Aging will affect almost all the critical components of your machine. By checking for wear and tear you will be able to change the affected parts of your machine and increase the overall lifespan of your machine.
Train Your Employees
Most wear and tear is caused by incompetent employees who do not know how to operate a machine. Unskilled employees can also cause equipment failures and injuries. An incompetent employee can cause damage to your machines and business. So it’s very important that you train your employees. Make sure all your employees know how to operate heavy machinery, what the emergency action plan is, and which safety precautions they should take when operating the machine. Training your employees is key to ensure the longevity of your equipment.
Heavy equipment is a substantial financial investment. The aforementioned tips will help you maintain your heavy equipment and increase its lifespan.
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