Material handling equipment help reduce strain on your staff and provide numerous ergonomic benefits. However, even with regular inspection and maintenance, the performance of these equipment can deteriorate over time, as daily usage takes a toll on every equipment’s health.
Continuous use of damaged or outdated material handling equipment puts the life of your workforce at risk. A faulty material handling tool can malfunction unexpectedly, which can result in potentially fatal accidents. To prevent these accidents and ensure maximum workplace safety, it’s important to identify the early signs of material handling equipment damage.
Here are some reasons why you should consider retiring your current material handling equipment.
1. Excessive Need for Maintenance and Repairs
While it isn’t unusual to repair and maintain your material handling equipment every now and then, the need for frequent repairs calls for an equipment replacement. The cost of repairs can add up over time and contribute to a firm’s financial burden. Even if the repairs are minor, the downtime of equipment can cost valuable work hours, which isn’t feasible for developing commercial set-ups.
2. Performance Decline
Assess the productivity of your material handling equipment and its annual performance by tracking the time taken by the equipment to move loads from one point to another. If you notice a substantial decline in productivity, you might need to replace your equipment. Using equipment with declining performance can have a negative impact on the overall productivity of your firm, as it will consume more time to get the job done.
3. Severe Abrasion and Corrosion
Load moving and material handling equipment are designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions. However, regularly lifting and moving goods can damage various parts of the equipment over time. Severe corrosion and abrasion on parts of the equipment has a negative impact on its structural integrity. Compromised chain links or brittle ropes and slings can break without warning. Therefore, it’s always better to replace faulty equipment if they’re damaged beyond repair.
Have you noticed any of the mentioned signs in your current material handling equipment? If yes, replace your old material handling tools with modern, pneumatic load lifting equipment from Hovair!
Our air powered lifting systems, such as air casters, lifting bags and air bearings enable commercial clients to move heavy loads without hassle. We also offer industrial and residential turntables and heavy duty transporters equipped with steering controls to cater to the material handling needs of our diverse clientele.