The Importance of Preventive Maintenance

In manufacturing, as important as it is to create quality products, it is crucial that products being used are properly maintained. In fact, preventative maintenance is a significant aspect of working with machinery and components. Downtime associated with machinery failure accounts for major losses in efficiency and money.

Some components may be more in plain view than others, and it’s important to remember to perform maintenance on everything, large and small. While it’s impossible for anyone to predict problems to come, what one can do to combat issues is prevention. Set up parameters to follow—indicators of how a machine should be functioning and ways of establishing when there is a problem. Furthermore, set up a routine, a maintenance schedule which you adhere to stringently; set tasks on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

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Also important is to know common reasons for equipment failure. For instance, did you know the number one cause of machinery malfunctioning is contamination? When you’re aware of this, you can prevent it. Then make sure everyone in your company who is exposed to these parts is aware of failure causes, failure signs, and failure solutions.

Yet another thing to always consider is proper safety precautions—even more crucial than care of equipment is the safety of those operating it. Some of the many safety considerations include: keeping a clean, well-lit area; only allowing authorized personnel to operate machinery, electrical boxes that are labeled and easy to find; have everyone know how to stop the machine(s) in an emergency; keep hands away from moving parts, and never wear loose-hanging clothing, neckties, accessories while machines are in operation; and much more.

PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE

SYSTEM AND TYPE OF CHECK

D

A

I

L

Y

W

E

E

K

L

Y

M

O

N

T

H

L

Y

6

 M

O

N

T

H

S

O

T

H

E

R

HYDRAULIC SYSTEM

Check Tank Oil Level

X

Check For Leaks

X

Check Oil Pressure

X

Check Oil Filter Element

X

X

As Required

Change Oil & Clean Tank

X

Change Tank Suction Strainer

X

Clean Filler Breather Cap

X

Clean Magnet in Hydraulic Tank

X

 

COOLANT SYSTEM

Check Coolant Level, If Applicable

X

Wash Down Machine With Coolant

X

Check Coolant Flow

X

Change Coolant and Clean Tank

X

As Required

Each system within a machine has many parts that require different maintenance. For your reference, below is our preventive maintenance schedule. And remember, while no one can 100% avoid failures, adhering to proper prevention can go a long way.

 

 

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