All About Heavy Equipment Maintenance
Powerful machinery like backhoes, cranes, excavators are often used by construction, farming, and other industries. Malfunctioning of the equipment can cause severe injuries, property damage and even death in some cases. Many accidents occurring at the workplace can be avoided if the health check-up of the heavy equipment is carried out on regular basis.
The best way to keep your equipment in good condition is through planned maintenance and preventive maintenance. Preventive maintenance is carried out frequently and planned maintenance are scheduled maintenance carried out at fixed intervals of time.
Heavy Equipment Maintenance and Safety involves:
All moving parts of any machinery should be lubricated for working smoothly. If not oiled, these parts become rough and start rubbing with each other coarsely. This results in severe wear and tear leading to decrease in the lifespan of the machinery. To avoid these problems and to extend the life of the earth moving equipment lubrication should be done in right quantity with manufacturer recommended lubricant or equivalent.
Heavy machines are used in all types of terrains. Dirt and debris easily get into the delicate parts of the machinery and damage them. Daily cleaning of the equipment will remove all mud, dust and grime and ensure you can operate it safely.
With thorough and careful inspection, any broken or damaged part can be easily spotted and replaced/repaired before the equipment is used at the job site. This will reduce a great number of accidents. The inspection should be carried out frequently and whenever any discrepancy is noticed. A checklist could be maintained to know what are the checks to be carried out.
As the usage increases, the wear and tear of the machine also increase. Symptoms of wear and tear are like high levels of vibration, excess heat, and misshapen belt shape. Paying immediate attention to these issues when they are at a minor level will save the cost of repair and will not further deteriorate the condition of the machinery.
Heavy earth-moving equipment should be handled by trained hands only. The operator should be either certified or experienced in using the equipment. Such operators would know how to use the machinery without causing damage to human or collateral damage.
• Servicing and planned maintenance:
Heavy machinery also has a lot of internal parts which may not be visible to naked eye. These must be checked, cleaned and fixed by specialist. After a fixed interval of time or as mentioned in the user manual, the equipment should be sent for servicing. A maintenance and service chart should be maintained to have a record of previous of maintenance date and next due date. This will not only extend the life of the equipment but increase its performance as well.