4 Equipment Maintenance Tips to Extend Their Life and Efficiency
Proper care and maintenance of your equipment is essential to keep them in good working condition. It also ensures their longevity and efficiency. There are several ways you can enhance the proper maintenance of your machine tools. Below is a list of 4 equipment maintenance tips to extend their life and enhance their efficiency. Please read on.
1. Understand Your Equipment Very Well
When purchasing most equipment, you’ll be provided with handbooks and manuals. The manufacturers use these materials to give instructions on how to use the equipment to their full potential - they understand the equipment and its needs very well. You must read these materials and train your operators on how to properly use the machine and the necessary safety considerations. You’ll avoid unnecessary accidents and costly damages when you understand your equipment well.
The equipment should also meet OSHA’s minimum safety and quality requirements. It’s essential that you get your products from certified manufacturers and suppliers; those who produce and supply CE accredited fabrications. Handbooks and manuals can also come in handy when you’re not sure if the equipment is the right fit for the task at hand.
2. Regularly Inspect the Machine’s Lubrication
You need to check the lubrication of your machines weekly, especially for the tools that you frequently use. This check includes visual inspection and lubrication of all part movement in action, and greasing & oiling of internal moving components. Machine tools could face unnecessary wear and tear without the right amount of lubricant, and they could break down or cause extreme damage. This will not only ensure that your tools last longer but will also enhance their efficiency.
3. Schedule and Record Everything
Timely maintenance of your equipment helps prevent possible accidents and costly damage. Avoid arranging for maintenance and repairs only when issues and problems appear. Create a specific schedule with details of what type of maintenance should be done in a particular period, and by which person. You can use the handbook or manual to obtain information on the best time to schedule for maintenance and repairs/replacement. It’s also important to keep records of maintenance and repairs to avoid upkeep repeats. Record-keeping helps you keep track of machine performance, hence leaving less room for mistakes. You’ll also identify the repeated issues reported, and work on the solution(s) to prevent them in the future.
4. Always Embrace Equipment Cleanliness
Machine cleanliness is often overlooked and taken for granted. Some only clean the machines during the scheduled maintenance. The fact is, dirty machines will hardly run at maximum capacity, and this may affect your work quality. You don’t want this to happen to you. Clean your equipment regularly. You may clean easily removable parts like filters, breathers, and seals on a daily or weekly basis, and the large machinery say, quarterly or monthly. Ensure also to store machinery in an enclosed space (if possible) to avoid exposure to certain weather conditions like rains that can lead to rot and rust.
Take good care of your equipment and it will take good care of your business financially. Ensure to also properly train your employees on proper equipment handling and maintenance before allowing them to operate the machines.