Elements of Preventative Maintenance Procedures
The moment you purchase a machine or piece of heavy equipment, it is vital to begin preventative maintenance. Keeping on top of your equipment is the best way to ensure that you don’t suffer tragic accidents that can be costly, not only in terms of insurance premiums and money but also in human lives. Remember: maintenance does not end until you dispose of the machine and it is no longer on site. Here are the elements of proper maintenance procedures.
Preventative maintenance begins at the moment of the purchase. Make sure your dealer offers all the specs you need in your machine and don’t skimp. You also want a dealer that is close enough to service the machine if needed, and one that offers a service agreement. Many machines can’t be serviced by you or your staff. Therefore, having access to the experts is vital.
The human factor is the first line of defense in preventative maintenance. Make sure that all of your people are highly trained in the use, operation and inner workings of your equipment. These staff members should be able to notice the minute something isn’t functioning exactly as it ought to so that can immediately stop operations and investigate the problem.
Every piece of machinery needs proper lubrication to make sure its parts operate smoothly and without undue friction. This analysis should be undertaken at least every day. Twice a day would be better, though. Every evening before the day ends, make sure the machine is properly oiled and lubricated. Then, every morning, check that these tasks were completed the prior evening.
Every piece of heavy equipment will have a maintenance schedule that must be followed. Stay on top of it. Post that maintenance schedule in a prominent place and keep a log book handy with the details of every maintenance operation and visit undertaken. This will keep your machine working well and extend its operational lifespan.
Part of this procedure involves regular cleaning. Keeping the internal mechanisms clean will guard against corrosion and blockage and is a simple way to prevent accidents due to malfunctions.
You should keep in ready supply of any consumables that your machine requires in order to function. Track how fast your equipment uses fuel, oil and other consumables so you can keep the right amount of these materials handy without wasting funds on overstock. Efficiency in supply will not only save you money, it can ensure that you always have what you need on hand to ensure the full functionality of your equipment.
When the time comes to get rid of an old piece of equipment, be sure that you consult and follow all instructions and procedures for properly disposing of the machinery. Some equipment needs to be carefully disposed of to avoid environmental damage.
Proper maintenance of your heavy equipment can ensure that you save money on insurance premiums and avoid tragic accidents on site. If you need insurance on that new piece of machinery, take a look at the options we offer, and give us a call for a quote today!