The Importance of Maintenance for Heavy Equipment

It is difficult to overstate the importance of maintenance for heavy machinery especially in industries such as mining, agriculture, and construction. For businesses operating in these industries, large equipment is the backbone of their operations and its optimal performance is necessary to ensure maximum efficiency. Any breakdowns or malfunctions with such equipment would result in significant financial losses and also put workers at risk of injury.

In this blog, we’ll discuss a few ways to keep your heavy machinery in good working conditions.

Routinely Clean all Heavy Machinery

Heavy machinery and equipment contains numerous filters and seals that keep the working parts clean and free from contamination. The filters must be changed regularly whereas the seals have to be inspected to ensure they remain in good working condition. Breathers rely on proper cleaning to prevent vacuums being created in the cab which can cause it to suck in various contaminants. Such contaminants lead to a breakdown of electronics within the cab and severely affect the clutch performance.

It is imperative to store large equipment within warehouses or other buildings. This is done to protect it from exposure to the wind and weather that can lead to rot and rust. Also, machinery and equipment shouldn’t be allowed to remain non-operational for long periods of time.

Frequently Use Lubricants

Lubricants reduce friction between moving parts and help extend the operational life of heavy machinery and its various components. Be on the lookout for excess oil and grease buildup around the pistons and also check for leaks around the oil seals.

For large equipment, each component may require different types of lubricants, the details of which should be highlighted in the manufacturer’s manual.

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Inspect for Signs of Wear and Tear

Factors such as high temperatures, shocks, friction, and vibrations all contribute to a machine’s aging process and are signs of considerable wear and tear. The vibrations are due to misaligned belts and gear whereas shocks are usually the result of poor operation techniques. High temperatures occur due to friction, extended use, worn out parts, and poor lubrication.

Additionally, the aging process can cause seals to dry out and crack, belts to warp, and bolts to loosen and deform. Should any of these signs be present in your heavy equipment, immediately perform the necessary maintenance and/or replacement measures.

Ensure Employee Safety

Ensuring employee safety should be the number one concern for businesses that uses large and heavy equipment. Faulty or malfunctioning equipment puts the works health and lives at risk and it’s the company’s responsibility to eliminate any and all hazards within the workplace.

In conclusion, the above-mentioned steps will aid in prolonging the life of your heavy equipment and maximize employee safety. Hovair Systems Inc manufactures heavy load moving equipment that allows you to easily lift and move your heavy equipment in a simple, cost-effective, and safe manner. Contact us today for more information.