Maintaining Your Company’s Heavy-Duty Equipment by Repairing It as Needed
For any manufacturing, construction or supply firm, heavy equipment is the backbone of operations. These heavy-haul devices, which include cranes, bulldozers and forklifts, are a huge investment and a major store of value for the firm. They are pivotal for all its activities and must be kept in good repair for the firm to remain competitive. We hope that these suggestions for heavy-duty equipment repair will help your firm stay on top of its core operations.
All machinery with complex moving parts requires lubricant to stay functional. The lubricant helps reduce friction-related damage and soot buildup. You’ll want to use only the lubricant specified in the operator’s manual and check the fluid levels regularly. Use too little and you risk wear and tear; too much, and grease buildup will compromise performance.
Wear and Tear
Machines wear down over time and have to be fixed. No amount of lubrication will entirely prevent this. Bolts will bend, belts will warp, seals may dry or crack. The equipment must be regularly inspected for damage of this sort, and the breakage fixed immediately. This is not only a matter of efficiency, but of safety as well.
Clean the Machines
Thorough cleaning is necessary to keep heavy equipment functional. Filters, seals and cooling fans can get clogged with dust over time, making the machine less efficient, and moving parts can slow and jam. A powerful hose is usually all that’s necessary to wash off most of the detritus, though stubborn grease and grime might require more specialized methods, such as acid cleaning or steam cleaning, to be dislodged. Unfortunately, this pivotal step is often neglected by companies.
Don’t Exceed Specifications
One of the most important elements of heavy-duty equipment repair and maintenance is also, seemingly, one of the most obvious, or it should be. Performance limitations like operating capacity mentioned in the operator’s manual are not suggestions! This is important for safety as well as efficiency. Employers pay over $1 billion per week in worker’s comp costs.