Whether you work in construction or oil and gas, you know the importance of keeping your heavy-duty vehicles and machines operational. The success of your entire project hinges on getting the work done on time and on budget. Extended downtime is simply not an option.
Keep Your Industrial Vehicle Running
Here are 5 tips to keep your vehicles and machinery up and running:
- Keep Records
- Routine Maintenance
- Inspect Frequently
- Clean Often
- Store Properly
1) Keep Records
Normal wear and tear is often made worse by unskilled handling. Keeping records of vehicle use and monitoring daily operations can help pinpoint when and where the machinery is being used improperly. Most industrial vehicles are equipped with GPS, which can track movements and records it in digital records for easy retrieval. Problems can be caught early, and breakdowns can be prevented.
2) Preventative Maintenance
Good maintenance is important for your vehicles and machines, but also for worker safety. Large machinery maintenance can be dangerous, often done near operating machinery, electricity and heavy equipment. Preventive maintenance and transmission service can diminish the chances of a vehicle breakdown, lessening the risks that technicians face in onsite repairs.
3) Inspect Frequently
Visually inspect components on an ongoing basis to monitor wear and prevent equipment failure. Components that must be replaced ahead of schedule may signal a larger problem that needs to be diagnosed. Check belts, pulleys and chains for alignment and condition. Inspect gears and sprockets for broken teeth, cracks and misalignment. Fluid analysis should also be part of a regular maintenance schedule.
4) Clean Often
Heavy-duty vehicles require daily maintenance. Some components, especially moving parts in engines, demand frequent lubrication. Other parts, such as hydraulic lifts and bearings, must be monitored and lubricated at the first sign of need. Contamination (often by something as seemingly harmless as water) can lead to machinery malfunction and vehicle breakdown. Lubrication on specific parts can prevent corrosion and keep your vehicle free of rust.
5) Store Properly
Large machinery should be stored under cover whenever possible. Motors, turbines, mixers and other equipment should be rotated frequently. Inspect idle machinery for rust, condensation, and contamination. Don’t forget to check all lubricants. Oil-mist lubrication is a good solution for the damaging effects of the warm, humid environment in Texas.
Set For Success
Don’t wait until there’s a problem to take care of your vehicle. Taking care of your equipment will help prevent serious issues, injury, and the costly effects of a project delay.