Taking care of your industrial equipment is one of the most important aspects of the job. But what if you aren’t sure what to do with that squeegee? Here are just four tips for getting started.
1. Understand Their Individual Needs
A deaerator needs to be cleaned differently than a blending machine. A crane needs to be inspected differently than a forklift. If you want to protect and preserve your industrial equipment, it’s important to know how everything is taken care of on an individual level. You don’t want to do any damage by forcing your machines into a “one size fits all” maintenance routine.
2. Limit Interruptions
If you have to shut down your machines for every inspection, you’re going to use that as an excuse to not inspect them at all. Time is money. But what if there were ways that you could monitor and evaluate your machines without interrupting them? Things like infrared inspection windows will allow you to perform infrared checks without shutting anything off, so it’s a great way to stay on top of machine maintenance without disrupting everyday operations.
3. Ask the Experts
If you’re ever at a loss when it comes to fixing or maintaining your equipment, don’t be afraid to seek professional help. There are companies out there that specialize in everything from rust removal to protective metal coating services. You just have to find the people with the skills to help you.
4. Do Your Homework
This is another aspect of understanding your machines. No one is born with the knowledge of how an automated lift should be cleaned; it’s something that gets taught to you. If your boss didn’t take the time to do so, however, you’ll need to educate yourself on the topic. The lift won’t repel dirt just because you don’t know how to clean it. You’ll need to forego the excuses and figure out what to do.
These are just a few tips for maintaining your industrial equipment. You can’t run your business without it, so don’t cut corners when it’s time to clean, shine and polish!