For any construction company to see profit, it’s vital that heavy machinery that’s being used is well maintained and in working order. You can look to preventative maintain programs as a first step, but if you’re not keeping up with the program, equipment is bound to fail, cost a lot to repair, and cause more long term problems too.
What is the best way by far is to have those plans but conduct them on a daily or hourly basis. It seems excessive, but when you’re working with heavy machines, keeping them optimal is key.
On top of this, we’ve included a checklist below to guide you through what to be looking out for. Following this checklist will ensure operators are accountable while extending the life expectancy of equipment.
This checklist is broken down into two forms of checks: what must be checked daily and what should be checked every hour while the machine is being used.
All of the equipment you’re working with is going to be used at different times and for different durations. It’s this reason it’s best to schedule preventative maintenance based on hours it’s being used rather than on a specific date.
Before you even start the machine, operators should do a visual inspection and log it into the log book before signing off and starting their shift. These checks contain things like visual inspections and hands-on work during, and after using the equipment. Operators should also note any issues that they noticed to ensure they’re addressed quickly.
Before starting the equipment, the specific checks you want to be look at are the following:
When starting up the machine, perform the following checks after the equipment is running for five to 10 minutes:
When the machine is being used, you want to watch and listen for the following irregularities:
Along the same lines, when the machine is being shut down, perform the following actions:
On top of this, you also want to be doing maintenance on it once a certain amount of hours of machine use have been clocked.
At the 250-500 hour mark you want to make additional checks and actions of the following:
At every 1,000 to 1,200 hours:
Every 4,800 hours to 5,000 hours:
Beyond the daily and hourly maintenance checks, you also want to be performing the following actions. These actions will come in handy because even with the checklist above will help with preventative maintenance, some of these checks may fall through the cracks.
These additional maintenance checks can cover the bases very well. Those are: