Machinery Services

Machinery Service Tips

1. Be updated of large machinery operator training

Many types of large machinery have multiple operators. Ongoing inspections on any checklist should be overseeing the correct operation of the equipment.

Large machinery needs to be inspected as soon as it is purchased. Operator training is normally done at that point, but training needs to be kept up. 

Operator manuals should be revised for the specific work situation. They can be rewritten in a language that can be better understood. A short manual can be provided to each operator for simpler reference. If you operate in a paperless environment, you can rest assured operators use the most updated version of each manual.

2. Put lubricants to the test frequently

Lubricants reduce friction around moving parts. A schedule of good lubrication maintenance extends the life span of large machinery equipment and parts.

Lubrication is an important part of maintenance checks. Look for signs of too much oil or grease build-up on pistons. Check for leaks around oil seals.

Be sure to use the right lubricant. There are specific kinds of oil and grease for every component. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Getting the lubricants checked is a good way to diagnose problems with large machinery. Experts analyze particles in the used oil. The makeup of any contaminants will indicate which part may be suffering from wear or breakdown.

3. Check for 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 heavy machinery to keep working parts clean and free of contamination. Seals should be inspected regularly to make sure they’re in good condition. Filters should be inspected and changed regularly. Breathers should be kept clean to avoid creating a vacuum in the cab which will suck contaminants into the cab. The electronics in the cab are susceptible to breakdown if contaminated. This impacts the clutch, for example.

Large machinery should be stored in a shed or other building if at all possible. Exposure to wind and weather can lead to rust and rot. The machinery should be run periodically if it is not in use.

5. Have a maintenance and repair schedule, and keep good records

Fluids, tires, tracks and electrical systems are among the components that have to be checked regularly for preventive maintenance. Know what needs to be inspected and when. Here are some examples.

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