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4 Key Steps to Maintaining Industrial Machinery

Zack Halliwell Zack Halliwell , 2/14/2018
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There are a number of key reasons that maintenance in an industrial workplace is important, from the obvious need to follow health and safety protocols to even reducing the overall costs of your business. However, the form that this maintenance can take varies vastly; especially, between different factories or industries. As you may find very different machinery types between each.


But, to give you a general understanding, here are four maintenance steps to help keep your industrial machinery up to standard:


Create Records


Keeping a log of every use your machinery undergoes is one way to keep it well maintained. This log is vital, as it tells you how much or how little use the machine has had. Less use would suggest the machinery needs less maintenance, as it has not been used as much. Likewise, a machine used every day would need much more maintenance. This isn’t always the case, but it can help to have a record of use as a guideline.


It is important to ensure that these records are kept neatly, up to date and log any troubles the machinery may present. A messy or barebones log is no help to engineer, meaning you must keep your records well or not at all.


Battery


One of the worst and most unexpected things to fail as part of your machinery is the battery. This is even worse as, if it is unexpected, you might not have a spare and lose the use of important machinery for a number of hours - even days. Battery checks can be easy to overlook during regular maintenance checks, but no less vital.


Internally, a battery could be facing a buildup of dirt or corrosion which is not evident on the outside. A problem which could have negative implications for the other parts of the machinery.


The overall running ability of your machine can be affected if the battery falls into disrepair, leading to a loss of money for your business. A good solution is to use a traction battery; which is specifically designed for several years of use as part of the machinery.


It is also vital that you do not use the wrong battery type when replacing them. The wrong battery can have a bad effect on your machinery over time, so it is vital that you always check with a manufacturer before replacing the battery to avoid such an issue.


Clean


Inside or out, cleaning of your machinery is vital to its overall and long-term health. Regular cleaning can improve the quality and productivity of work the machine produces. A better-cleaned machine also, obviously, has a much longer life expectancy.

Avoiding contamination in between cleaning is also important. Sealing the gaps with filler can prevent dust build up, while lubrication prevents rusting in the long run.


Part Maintenance


The most important part of any machinery maintenance is, perhaps obviously, part maintenance. Despite its importance, this can sometimes be overlooked. Much to the detriment of the machinery, as it can quickly fall into disrepair as a result.


Careful observations on a regular basis are necessary, as well as scheduled part checks to ensure nothing untoward may be happening unseen. A regular check can determine whether parts need replacing or if they are showing signs of wear or not. This can be included as part of your records keeping in regards to the machinery use, to keep the information cohesive and well-informed.



Overall, careful maintenance of your machinery over a long period of time is vital. It keeps the machine working at optimum levels, prevents unnecessary issues from developing and can, ultimately, help you to save money. Making a regular and efficient maintenance routine the only thing that makes sense for your business.