Any heavy machinery owned, especially mining, industrial, or farming equipment, must be maintained constantly to provide safety for workers and to increase its lifespan. Conversely, poorly-maintained large machinery equipment can run inefficiently, losing you money in the long run. In addition, poorly-functioning machinery can pose a serious health risk to your workers and even an enormous mining corporation should prevent paying out worker’s compensation whenever possible. No matter the size of your operation, the health and safety of your crews should always come first, and you must maintain your equipment to ensure this is always the case.
Many types of large machinery require multiple operators. One of the ongoing inspections on any checklist should be overseeing the correct operation of the equipment. In short, you must ensure that all operators fully understand how to operate and maintain all machinery. If you fail even once to inform and train your operators, one or more people may end up hurt. Your equipment may also be damaged or an improperly trained operator may cause damage to the mine, weakening the integrity of some portions.
Large machinery should be inspected immediately after purchase and operator training is usually done right then. Employees come and go and skills weaken with time, and poor operation can lead to breakdowns. Keep up your training schedule and ensure that every single operator is aware of the most recent training needs.
Heavy machinery is often only as good as its small parts and the right companies offer everything you need to keep your machines running smoothly. Regularly inspect your machines for faulty, broken, or weakening parts and immediately order mining replacement parts after finding an issue. The faster that you order the parts needed, the sooner that the machine can return to work making you money.
Whenever possible, check for signs of wear and tear on your machinery. Vibration, shock, high temperatures, age, and friction all contribute heavily to the breakdown of parts in heavy machinery. Vibration can come from gears and belts not in proper alignment and you should either call for repairs or have the parts replaced. Accidents and poor operator technique cause shocks to machinery, which can cause the entire machine to break down.
Extended use, friction, poor lubrication, worn parts, and more can produce high temperatures. At best, the machine might become overheated and simply need some time to cool down before use. At worst, you will need to replace multiple parts, upgrade your lubrication, and alter your operating requirements. By checking into all of this frequently, you stand to save a great deal of lost time, money, and frustration by catching most issues early.
Corrosion and other problems occur when you fail to keep your machines clean after use. Debris can fall into the crevices of your machines, clogging parts and otherwise diminishing functionality. Have your machines inspected regularly for the buildup of debris and other contaminants to ensure that good condition is maintained. Filters should be inspected and changed regularly, breathers must be kept clean, and more. The steps you take now may yet save you thousands later.