Earthmoving and heavy machines are considered to be the backbone of the construction, mining, and agriculture industries across the world. These expensive, yet necessary pieces of equipment should be used to their most efficient and effective potential in order to perform demanding labors. To guarantee the best performance from these machines, as well as the safety of the operators, regular preventive machinery maintenance is a must. Here are some key tips that will keep your machines in their best working condition.
Make it a Routine
Just like having your annual checkup with your doctor, doing it regularly for your machine is important for its overall condition and functionality. Doing so will help keep its continuity and standard performance. Most non-scheduled emergency maintenance and machine repair services on the machine are often fraught with human error and done in a time crunch.
Use the Right Tools
Matching the equipment with the right task intended for it needs consideration of different variables, including material composition, terrain, and different elemental effects like climate. Also, it is important to make sure that all performance accessories and attachments like buckets and ploughs are specifically made for the machine. Guesswork is not applicable here as the safety of the people operating the machine is a priority.
Do not Overwork the Machine
Do not exceed the stated performance limitations and specifications of the machine. This can be found in the operator/owner manual. Just like with any industry that highly depends on heavy equipment for their operations, efficiency and effectiveness are the key to optimal performance and achieving the best results. Being aware and following the weight limits for the loads and inclines for transit are the easiest way to keep the machines working.
Put the Toys Away
Doing regular machinery maintenance checks is a great way to prevent damage to the machine. But another equally important task is to store the machine properly to ensure its safe and optimal performance. All machines need to be kept in a covered and moisture-free storage. This will keep the equipment safe from water to avoid rust and corrosion and from the harshness of sunlight.
Knowledge is Key
The machine is as useful as the people working with it. To uphold the highest standard of operations while being able to minimize the risk, equipment who gets in contact with the machine need to be familiar and well-trained with the proper use of the machine for the job. In the case of other machines, simple instructions should be enough, but there are those that may need special certifications before operating it. Make sure to follow the manual and other guidelines that pertain to the specific industry, equipment model, and job type before allowing anyone to use the machine.
Any machine is an investment that can make or break the success of the job. This is it should be taken care of to make sure that it delivers the expected results.