Not only buying the Construction Equipment (CE) is a costly affair but maintaining it also requires good amount of investment. In fact, companies often have to spend a considerable amount of money on CE to keep it in a good condition because the last thing you would want on a job site is a non-working equipment due to improper maintenance, frequent breakdowns, thereby, slowing down your operations. Hence, maintaining CE is something that must be done religiously to prevent major problems down the road.
Here are some useful tips for keeping your CE in a good working condition…
Tip 1: Maintain the complete records
One of the most important and first steps for keeping your CE fit and fine is to perform regular maintenance check of the equipment and having complete and accurate records and servicing checklists. In order to keep a tap on the maintenance requirement of the equipment, you need to create and follow a maintenance schedule which would have notations on how often each part of the machinery should be inspected for problems, repairs and general maintenance. You need to be consistent with the maintenance and inspect the equipment thoroughly.
Tip 2: Ensure proper cleaning of the equipment
Another great tip for properly maintaining and preserving the equipment in good working condition is to make sure it stays as clean as possible and the regular cleaning routine is followed religiously. While working on rough terrains and adverse environments, dirt and debris can damage one or more of the delicate parts of the machinery and result in costly repairs. Thus, cleaning the equipment after you are done with the day’s work is extremely important. One of the best ways to protect the machinery from dirt and other elements is to keep it housed in a building. You also need to ensure that the engine oil and hydraulic fluid system stays clean. The mantra is the cleaner you keep your CE, the better it will perform.
Tip 3: Keep an account of the fuel level
You also need to make it a point to check the fuel levels and document the periodic refills so as to enable the maintenance personnel to detect potential operational problems at an early stage.
Tip 4: Perform oil analysis
Essentially, the oil analysis is important for CE because these are heavy equipment and their repairing cost is too high. So, not only at the time of purchase but oil analysis should be performed on your working equipment too which is being used regularly to know the problems in advance. Oil analysis of CE is like a blood test which can tell all what’s wrong with the machine before the symptoms occur and the problem causes major wear and tear. An appropriate oil analysis can help you zero in on the top four engine killers i.e., fuel dilution, soot, coolant and dirt, before it’s too late.
Tip 5: Be watchful of the unnecessary leaks
Without fail, look out for any clear signs of oil leakage during the scheduled heavy equipment cleaning sessions. There are many protocols and ways to carry out this inspection. If you are smart enough to pay attention to the leaky valves, you can carry out repairs much faster, thereby, preventing the machine from further damage.
Tip 6: Always keep the CE properly greased and lubricated
Proper greasing and lubrication of all moving parts of the equipment is also absolutely necessary in order to save them from failing to work and creating excess friction leading to severe wear and tear of the machinery, frequent breakdowns and shorter life span. If you hear noise coming from any part of the equipment, you need to grease those parts properly. There can be several joints that require daily or weekly greasing schedule, so you need to take care of that. Further, too little as well as too much lubrication can be harmful for the machine. So, you need to lubricate the equipment wisely with the recommended grade of grease. It is always better to follow manufacturer’s guidelines in this case.
Tip 7: Protect the electrical wiring of your equipment
It goes without saying that your CE will be having a web of electrical wires which are critical parts of the equipment. You need to particularly pay attention to these wires and protect them from exposure to harmful external elements. How can you do that? Well, you can cover the critical wires properly or shelter the whole equipment under a covering or keep the equipment in shade so as to protect the wear and tear on the electrical components. Particularly, rain water can have a strong impact on the electric wires, so, you need to protect your equipment at all times to boost its productivity and lifetime.
Tip 8: Regularly check the tyres and axle condition of CE
Another step for keeping your CE in good condition is to make sure that you inspect the parts of the machinery that are in direct contact with the ground, at periodic intervals i.e., the tyres. Debris such as loose gravel or mud may get stuck in the tyre and impact it’s working. So, removing these materials can help in boosting the operational efficiency of the equipment. You also need to check that each of the tyre has the right pressure as this can help in lessening tyre wear, improve stability and reduce the fatigue of the operator. Also, you need to check for any cuts and replace the tyres when needed. Additionally, checking the axles can avoid problems in the field.
Tip 9: Check for misalignment of the equipment
CE are often employed in rough terrains and this may lead to misalignment of the equipment in certain situations. Although, CE are made in such a way that they can withstand adverse conditions, however, assuring proper alignment of the equipment remains a crucial task. Scheduling regular inspections to review this issue helps extend the working life of CE.
Tip 10: Keep employees trained well
One of the last but most important ways to protect the equipment is to make sure employees are skilled at operating it. Without proper operator training, operators can damage the machinery or even injure themselves or others.
Have your own inspection list
Apart from the above mentioned tips, it always pays to have your own set of rules and guidelines based on your past experience or your maintenance expert. It is because the operating environment of the CE may not be the same everywhere and based on this, the maintenance procedure and schedule can highly vary and who would know better than an expert or the operator of the equipment. Hence, it makes sense to ask the expert to conduct the study of the equipment and come up with the required maintenance schedule which is needed by the particular machinery.
To sum up…
The correct usage of CE is extremely essential to prevent any damage on the equipment. Also, routine checks before and after the use of the equipment are extremely important to restore overall health of the equipment at all times and keep it in a good condition. So, do follow the above mentioned steps and make your equipment work-ready anytime and everywhere.