Machinery maintenance and repair can be expensive and cause unnecessary delays if your maintenance team does not stay ready. With preventative actions, however, they can keep machines up and move for a long time. Of course, there are some repairs that are inevitable. Age and use naturally cause some machine parts to wear down through time. But if mechanics see issues immediately and have a plan for repair needs, then your machines would be up and running again without having to slow down the production that could hurt your company.
Four Popular Reasons for Machinery Maintenance and Repair
1. Overheating machine — Machines are likely to overheat for many various reasons, but the popular reason is the lack of lubrication. If you are in charge of a machine maintenance crew, be sure to keep a frequent cleaning and lubrication time to avoid overheating.
If your crew lubricates your machines on a regular basis but overheating still happens, check to see if there is a leak that causes the lubricants to leave the machine quicker than they should.
If there is no leak, then a misalignment might be the culprit. In case a machine overheats, it can be very dangerous to those who are working near it; thus, it is important to consistently inspect machinery to check for such issues.
2. Corrosion and Rust — Rust is a common problem that machine maintenance crews often face. If rust is unnoticed, it could corrode a machine and cause complications over time. While some machine parts are on a regular replacement timetable, corrosion and rust speed up that process and this can cost you a lot of money than what is necessary.
When the crew implements regular machine inspections, be sure to check carefully for any rust, especially during rainy or humid months. You need to ensure that your manufacturing space stays dry and clean. If the building has any leaks, have a facility maintenance crew to seal them to avoid the excess moisture from destroying your machinery.
3. Worn belts — Pulleys and belts take on the brunt of any machine work. Through, belts could crack or even lose their flexibility, thus making the machines run poorly. Popular issues that could speed up belt breakdown include overheating, contamination, and misalignment. These are some of the issues that your machine maintenance team can help resolve if they catch the problems immediately, thus be sure that they carefully inspect your machines’ pulleys and belts frequently.
4. Valve and Pump issues — For a hydraulic system, valves and pumps usually cause issues if not appropriately maintained. Disappointingly, any number of troubles could be causing the valve of pump issues. Water or air can leak into the systems and oil could leak out. Pumps and valves also weaken due to inappropriate cleaning. Additionally, if the pumps themselves are not high-quality, you might have to replace them. You should also include pumps and valves in your routine cleaning and inspection schedule, and bear in mind that problems may require some types of troubleshooting before the maintenance crew reaches the source of the problem.
Prevent Machine Breakdown
The most essential thing you can do for your equipment is to perform a routine inspection, cleaning, and lubrication plan. You can avoid many machine problems by keeping up with such a system. Inspect your machine frequently with smaller checks in between the major inspections if necessary.