If your business is in manufacturing or heavy industry, you know how important it is to keep machinery running smoothly. Not only is equipment vital to the operation of your business, but it’s also incredibly expensive to replace. Taking care of equipment isn’t just a nice thing to do: it’s essential for the long-term viability of your company.
Right now, too few heavy machinery businesses are taking care of their equipment. It’s leading to double digit depreciation rates and a lack of competitiveness. This, in turn, is causing businesses to go bust and leading owners to abandon their enterprises.
Staying competitive and maintaining equipment is easier that you think. Here’s how to grease the wheels and keep your business running smoothly and efficiently.
Lubricate Heavy Equipment
If your business uses heavy machinery with moving parts, it requires daily maintenance. Most commercial machinery isn’t like your car, only needing an oil change once a year. Most equipment needs an oil change one per day. That’s because commercial equipment is often under a lot more strain than conventional consumer equipment. According to Pirtek, companies need to focus on maintaining things like hydraulic hoses and bearings. These parts are prone to failure more often than other parts of machines.
It’s also worth considering how contamination can lead to a breakdown. For many businesses, the biggest issue is water. Once water enters a seal, it can cause the material inside the seal to corrode and lost strength. This means that companies must always monitor seals and filters for defects. If a filter is faulty, it needs to be replaced with one that works.
Don’t Overwork Your Machinery
Many businesses want to get the best return they can on their machinery. As a result, they use it as much as they can, and for as many purposes as they can. The problem with this approach, of course, is that they often end up exceeding its performance specification. Not good.
Every piece of equipment you use has an owner’s manual. It’s a good idea to make sure that the people working with the equipment know the tolerances. Knowing this will allow employees and managers to get optimal performance out of their machinery. It will also enable them to get more longevity out of the machinery too. Keep a careful eye on things like weight limits and inclines for transportation.
Keep A Maintenance Schedule
The biggest reason why businesses skimp on essential tasks is that they fail to schedule properly. This is especially true when it comes to maintenance. It’s important to regularly check things like electrical systems, fluids and tires. Also pay particular attention to parts in power transmission, gearboxes and so on. Damage can be caused by both friction and vibration.
Drive trains can also suffer damage over time if a rigorous schedule is not kept. Your business needs to have a timeline for when it will check pulleys and v-belts. You also need to check chains for things like breaks, as well as sprockets for damage.