Keep up and keep it going: Tips to maintain construction equipment and extend their lifespan
Heavy machinery is a part of every infrastructural initiation, whether it is schools, dams, high-rise buildings or residential units. Over the years, the use of construction equipment and commercial vehicles has ensured smooth completion of modern industrial projects, requiring minimal manual labor while producing quick and efficient results.
Although, this is not to say that downtime and project delays are not common; one main reason for this has been identified as a lack of adequate equipment maintenance. Construction equipment is a large investment and if not maintained correctly, they could significantly lose their life span.
Tips to extend equipment life span and longevity
1- Cleaning: Due to exposure to adverse environmental effects and rough weather conditions heavy machinery often need to clean on a regular basis. Checking for debris and gunk, can help prevent any deterioration within parts, and help them perform well. Besides this, regular cleaning also adds to the appearance of the work site and machinery.
2- Schedule regular checks: Many types of equipment come with guidelines to perform regular checks on fluidity levels, lubricants, and miscellaneous activities such as tire checks, leak checks etc. In order to keep your equipment performing at its highest potential, it is essential to schedule regular checks. Leakage is often a warning sign, to ensure any damages are repaired without further ado. Regulating these timely checks may seem like a hassle, but it’s better to be prepared than be caught unaware during working conditions.
3- Avoid overworking: Most construction machinery, although they are designed to withstand adverse terrains and conditions, it does not mean they should be run to its max capacity. This is why scheduling is important. Doing so also enables maintenance which could help identify worn out parts from an early stage.
4- Educate your employees: In order to effectively operate a heavy machine or equipment, it is important to train the operator or recruit trained operators. Unfamiliarity breeds inadequacy, which in turn leads to unnecessary delays. One efficient way to avoid this is to run machinery inductions on all worksites. This should ideally consist of manual, possible issues that could occur and troubleshooting them. Educating employees can attain a greater level of safety along with increased productivity.
5- Storage – Just as important as maintenance, is their storage. Ideal storage spaces must be away from food waste, debris or any other substances that may attract rats, rodent’s .etc. These can be harmful to the equipment, as they are known for gnawing and destroyed electrical wiring and cables. Keeping the connectors clean of dust and using compressed air is also a great way maintain cleanliness within storage spaces.