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Published on January 31st, 2017 | by Anica O

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Heavy Duty: 4 Tips For Maintaining Bigger Business Equipment

Heavy machinery allows traditional industries to function on a prominent scale. It is vital for regular maintenance to be scheduled for preventative care because it is crucial to the life and efficiency of large, heavy machinery and our way of life. Large machinery supports the operations of global industries like agriculture and mining, and they could not exist at the level they do without the big business equipment that keeps them running. Below, you will see four tips to maintain large business equipment.

Keep Daily Records of Use and Oversee Operation

The breakdown and wear on large machinery is made worse with unskilled handling. If monitoring daily operations and records of machinery use is done, it helps to show where and when machinery is being handled by operators who lack the skill to do so. One new solution being employed is GPS to track, record and store the data in its digital records.

Maintain a Schedule of Planned Maintenance

Components wear and breakdown. It is inevitable. Smart companies are aware and offer maintenance support kits. Places like Ceramic Technology Inc. are good examples because they are mindful of human error and the breakdown of equipment. Also, it is important to develop forecast models for component life in order to replace them on schedule. Finally, knowledgeable technicians have to be doing the replacing because if novices are doing it, a whole new set of dangerous problems will arise.

Lubricate and Clean Frequently

We already know heavy machinery requires daily upkeep and maintenance, but there are components that demand frequent lubrication. For example, moving parts in power trains and engines, bearings and hydraulic lifts have to be kept lubricated. Lubrication also prevents contamination and corrosion from water. Also, replacing filters and maintaining seals help keep contaminants out of lubricants.

Protect Equipment During Storage

Large business equipment needs to be kept under cover when it is stored. Also, turbines, mixers, motors and other vital parts have to be frequently rotated. Next, long-stored equipment has to be inspected for condensation, contaminates and rust. Lubricants in stored equipment should also be checked. Finally, applying an oil-mist lubricant will offer a good solution to the damaging effects of humid environments.

Good maintenance does a lot of positive things according to the points above. It also keeps workers safe. Fixing malfunctions is a dangerous job, and it is done in close proximity to operational machinery. The conditions for emergency repairs are done in nearly claustrophobic spaces, and they are unhealthy too. This kind of non-routine work is more prone to human error. Timed equipment overhauls and regular, preventative maintenance lowers the chance of breakdowns, lessens technician risks and significantly reduces accidents. The above tips must be carried out.

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A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she's used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.


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