To make the best possible use of the machinery and equipment you use in your day to day life, you have to do much more than just following manufacturer operational parameters. Perhaps the most important thing about owning and using machinery is the ability to perform proper maintenance work at the correct time. Such as ensuring your jetty is protected with pile protection, this helps to prevent corrosion. Doing so is compulsory if you want your equipment to last for a long time without issues.
Most machines do come with an entire manual or booklet which will describe in detail what kind of procedures you need to perform, including anything that is mandatory, and what you should avoid doing. Even if you somehow have no access to the maintenance manual anymore (either due to losing it or it being unavailable due to other reasons), using common sense and paying attention to several maintenance guidelines can help you do the work by yourself.
- Clean Regularly – If your equipment gets dirty and covered with dust, debris and maybe waste products quite frequently, it is possible that your cleaning intervals are just too long. Increase the frequency of your clean-ups to ensure that your machinery doesn’t malfunction due to excess build-up of debris.
- Do Not Work with Live Systems – Maintenance work should always be performed with inactive or non-operating machinery. Avoid working with live systems, unless a specific task requires you to have the system turned on to perform your work. Close off any openings or other piping systems with the likes of an inflatable duct plug to isolate the area where you are performing maintenance from the rest of the system.
- Lubrication is Important – Machinery with moving parts, such as engines or hydraulic systems will usually require some form of lubrication to avoid excessive wear on some parts of the machinery, especially those areas that are constantly subjected to extreme operating conditions. Make sure to lubricate frequently, while also avoiding the contamination of the lubricant.
- Calibrate Scales – No matter how accurate a measuring scale may be, over time it will most probably lose the high accuracy it originally had. This is why the process of calibration exists, as it helps you reconfigure measuring instruments to work again as intended. Calibration and the testing can be done in many different ways, and the methods (for example, using water weight bags for load testing) varies according to the equipment you want to calibrate.
- Store Appropriately – Machinery that has undergone maintenance work needs to be properly stored to take the maximum benefit of the maintenance work. Don’t just leave stuff where you left it after completing work with it. Find some ideal place, preferably a cool, quiet and shady area, to safely store away most types of equipment.