10 ways to make your equipment last longer
Our Top 10 Checklist
Aside from obviously having a lot of experience with our own equipment and how our customers use them, we use a lot of other various plant equipment in our manufacturing, workshop and office facilities, so thought we’d put together and share a checklist of some easy things that we ourselves find useful to remember:
1. Read the User Guide
I think reading instructions is something that most people avoid where possible! However, when it comes to construction equipment, apart from it being very dangerous not to be aware of possible hazards involved, most user guides will contain instructions on how to use the equipment correctly, information about spare parts and suggestions on when and how to carry out maintenance. All equipment should come with a User Guide and be made available if lost.
2. Use the correct equipment for the job
Using the right piece of equipment to carry out a task will avoid unnecessary wear and tear on machinery, as well as assist with completing the job in the best possible way. Suppliers usually should consult with you and advise if you are buying the best piece of equipment for the job on hand, as well as offer bespoke designs and sizes to correctly cater to your needs.
3. Know your machinery
Before using a piece of equipment, ensure you, and all other operators, know how it works and what it is for. Carry out a test run if possible. You should also be aware of the age of the equipment, expected life span, warranty information and any known issues and fixes. This will ensure it is used in the correct way to prevent breakages and for safety, and you will know what to expect of it and if it doesn’t meet these expectations.
4. Inspect regularly
Regular inspections on equipment can point up inconsistencies and issues that may not be noticed in day-to-day use. Repair or replacement can then be arranged before the issue gets any worse and causes damage to the equipment or becomes unsafe. Depending on the nature of the equipment, it may be mandatory to thoroughly examine regularly by a qualified engineer. These inspections and organised can usually be advised on by your supplier or the manufacture.
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