By Jeremy Axel, Founder of Fluent Conveyors
When it comes to the maintenance of manufacturing conveyors, there is a lot to consider. There are different types of equipment such as manual and automatic conveyors (belt and chain). Moreover, conveyor belts are made using different materials including rubber, polyurethane, a steel cord called Stainless Steel Cord (SCC) or high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Depending on the type of plant, there are different types of parts that are needed for maintenance. For more information, you can find all the information delineated by our friends at Fluent Conveyors.
Manufacturing equipment like conveyors plays a vital role in any production business, whether big or small. Proper maintenance of Manufacturing equipment can add resale value, minimizes downtime, lengthens equipment life, and helps control service intervals and costs. Proper use and maintenance will immensely benefit you in terms of reduced maintenance and repair costs as well as increased profits. Here are some tips on the appropriate use and maintenance of Manufacturing equipment:
Routine is Key
Adhere to recommended maintenance schedules and regular inspections. Following this is a significant step towards the proper maintenance of your Manufacturing equipment. It is also essential to adhere to the manufacturer’s manual. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendation because nobody knows the machine better than the manufacturer.
Conduct Proper Training to Equipment Users
Ensure that the people designated to handle Manufacturing equipment are extensively trained and knowledgeable enough about the materials. Never let someone operate equipment wherein a person knows nothing about. Always rely on someone who can efficiently handle the machine. Train your employees in effective machinery operation so they can be more productive and cause less wear on machinery. They must know how to handle the small and large accessories & modifications of the entire machine.
Adhere to Safety Rules
The most important thing to put in mind when in a work zone area is safety. Ensure that the Manufacturing site and the workers remain safe by observing safety rules religiously. Handling Manufacturing equipment contrary to how it might sound, feel, or look, isn’t simple. Never use damaged equipment and always be aware of your surroundings.
Always Put on Protective Gears
Dipped gloves, fall gear, hard hats, goggles, etc. are some protected gears that prevent hazards at a Manufacturing site. Always wear them whenever you are on the site. Industrial earplugs are also a must-have when the noise at a Manufacturing site is too loud.
Identify Significant Causes of Machinery Breakdown
Identifying potential causes of machinery failure before they occur can save hundreds or thousands of dollars and will maintain a consistent workflow. Sudden failure is when machinery breaks without warning. Intermittent failure happens randomly, and it can be challenging to identify the cause. A Gradual failure can occur when the parts start to wear, and the components are noted to be near the end of their lifespan.
Get to Know Your Machines Inside aand Out
Whether it’s drying equipment, fine screening equipment, granulators, or a conveyor system, always takes time to read and understand the equipment manual. Thorough knowledge about your machinery helps you isolate issues and prescribe the proper preventive maintenance. Another person who also knows the equipment better are the operators. Listening to them when they tell you that something’s amiss is a wise preventive maintenance strategy. When you suspect or detect a problem with the machine, stop the operation.
Document Your Machine’s Service History
It is vital to keep detailed service records of your equipment. Keep track of what type of servicing has been done on your machinery, if the machine underwent routine checkup, and when it needs to be done again. Documented and detailed maintenance records let you keep an accurate picture of your machine’s history and give you proof that your machinery is well maintained according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.
About the Author
Jeremy Axel is the founder of Fluent Conveyors, they design and manufacture conveyors for Waste and recycling industries, Manufacturing, and Distribution centers across the United States. He is also known for building trusted relationships with conveyor dealers and reseller networks and developing advanced technological processes and tools that help them do their jobs more efficiently.