Tips to Maximise Heavy Equipment Machine Life

Out of all types of construction equipment, heavy machinery is not only the most expensive, but also the costliest to replace or repair. In today’s discussion, we will focus on maintenance best practices that will help heavy equipment owners extend their machine’s life cycle and save money.

There are several simple things and commonly overlooked maintenance areas that can greatly impact a machine’s long-term value. Proactive maintenance not only extends heavy equipment machine life, but also helps predict the probable time of failure and find a solution before the failure actually takes place. It is possible to reduce your bills for machinery by 25%, just by ensuring adequate preventive maintenance.

Mentioned below are some simple ways to maximise the machine life of your heavy equipment.

  • Preventive Maintenance: By following a preventive maintenance schedule, it will be easy for you to anticipate the wear and tear and changes in your machine. This process involves systematic inspections, performance analysis and testing, and component modification and replacement.

An effective preventive maintenance program will minimise unforeseen downtime resulting from equipment breakdown and extend construction equipment life.  Please remember that preventive maintenance (PM) is an all-inclusive process that demands much more than regular maintenance tasks such as changing and lubricating the filters. This equipment management approach covers the entire life cycle of the machine, from its purchase until the end of its machine life.

Benefits of a well planned and executed preventive maintenance program include better equipment and system reliability, reduced unexpected breakdown, extended equipment life, reduction of parts replacements, and improved resale value.

  • Identification of Machinery Breakdown Causes: One of the important components of preventive maintenance is the identification of potential factors that may lead to machinery breakdown. By prior identification of these potential causes of failure, it is possible to save lots of money while maintaining consistent flow of work.

Sudden, intermittent, and gradual are the three types of machine failure. In case of sudden failure, the machine breaks down without any warning because of a faulty part. The equipment returns to service as soon as the part is fixed or replaced. Intermittent failures take place sporadically, and identification of the cause can be difficult. These failures can be prevented by anticipating and addressing the cause during maintenance. Gradual failures are caused by parts and components that are nearing the end of their respective lifespan, and can be prevented easily by carrying out routine inspections and maintenance.

Anticipation of machine failure is considered to be the nucleus of preventive maintenance. This requires thorough knowledge of the machinery.

  • Know Your Machine: In order to ensure that your preventive maintenance program is effective, thorough knowledge of the product is invaluable. This vital information can be found easily by going through the machine’s equipment manual. This will provide you a clear idea about the machine’s acceptable operating conditions, recommended servicing products, recommended intervals for servicing specific parts, and much more. These manuals also provide loads of useful troubleshooting information.

Another way to know the intricacies of your machine is to listen to the machine operators. Daily operators have intimate knowledge of the quirks and idiosyncrasies of each machine they handle. Therefore, they are often the first person to sense when something goes wrong.

  • Employee Training: Compared to untrained workers, knowledgeable machinery operators are always able to deliver more productivity without causing any serious wear on the machine. Moreover, trained operators are more likely to adhere to the guidelines for safe on-site operations. These operators can also save you money because they are generally more respectful towards the machines they use and take care of them before, during and after their work.

Any comprehensive preventive management plan should include training for the operators. This training may include demonstration of the systems and controls of the machine, testing for failures, pre and post operation maintenance, and the operator’s manual.

  • Adherence to Maintenance Schedule Recommended by the Factory: No one knows the right maintenance intervals for a particular machine better than the manufacturer. Try to follow these recommendations to ensure optimal performance of your heavy equipment. Moreover, failure to follow these suggestions and specifications may void the machine’s warranty.
  • Documentation of Service History: Maintaining a detailed record of services performed is an important part of preventive maintenance. Proper documentation provides us an accurate picture of the machine’s history. Awareness of the machine’s service history can also help address future issues.

Dealing with the service and maintenance of heavy equipment can be a daunting task. At K and G Machinery, our team of experts can take care of all these tasks while you remain focused on other business activities. We also offer a wide range of heavy equipment for sale as well as hire. Please contact us today to discuss your needs.