5 Maintenance Tips to Extend Equipment Life

Heavy machinery requires constant maintenance to keep it in good working order. Poorly maintained large machinery equipment runs inefficiently and can result in breakdowns.

Here are five top tips for large machinery maintenance:

1. Stay on top of large machinery operator training
Many types of large machinery have multiple operators and one of the ongoing inspections on any checklist should be overseeing the correct operation of the equipment.

Large machinery should be inspected as soon as it is purchased, and operator training should also be done at that point. Employees come and go and skills become rusty. Poor operation of equipment can lead to breakdowns. Scheduling regular operator training is a great way to not only inspect the machinery but also keep all employees on the same level.

Operator manuals should also be updated regularly and provided to each employee for easy reference.

2. Add and test lubricants frequently
Lubricants reduce friction around any moving part and a schedule of good lubrication maintenance extends the life of large machinery equipment and parts.

Lubrication is one of the first and most important of maintenance checks and getting the lubricants checked is a good way to diagnose problems early with large machinery, look for signs of excess oil or grease build-up on pistons.

3. Check for signs of wear
Vibration, shock, high temperatures, friction and age all contribute to the breakdown of parts in heavy machinery.}
Should you discover wear and tear on any moving parts within your heavy equipment, be sure to quickly perform the necessary replacement of any worn parts.

4. Keep large machinery clean, and maintain a clean environment
There are many seals and filters in place on machinery to keep working parts clean and free of contamination. These seals and filters need to be inspected regularly to make sure they’re in good condition. Keep machinery stored in a clean and dry environment to make srue that weather doesn’t’ lead to rust and rot.

5. Have a maintenance and repair schedule, and keep good records
Always keen records of past maintenance and also when scheduled maintenance is due. Many aspects of machinery need to be checked regularly for preventive maintenance.

Here are some examples.

-Power transmissions have many moving parts that need to be maintained in top condition. Gearboxes need to be checked for lubrication, vibration and damage to parts.
-Friction materials, seals, gaskets and bearings all need to be inspected for wear and replaced. Gears and shafts usually last a long time and don’t need to be replaced often, if at all.
-Drive train components need constant monitoring. Check pulleys and v-belts on CVT transmissions for alignment and wear. Check sprockets for correct meshing with chains and for breaks.
-Test the oil to diagnose problems. Change filters frequently.
-Bearings keep great amounts of force running smoothly and are vital to large machinery performance. Check bearing lubrication often. Maintaining bearings well extends their life.
-Lubricate gears frequently.
-Do a seal check to prevent bearing raceway contamination.
-Run torque checks on the bolts. Bolts can elongate and creep over time.

Following the above steps can significantly extend the life of heavy machinery and improve the Return on Investment from these important purchases.