and gearboxes suppliers like YB Components often help customers mend broken
machinery with replacement parts as well as advice on proper usage and
maintenance. It places them in a unique position to understand the many
different problems that affect industrial machinery.
many years of experience dealing with all manner of problems that affect
industrial equipment, here is a list of the top ten issues that cause machinery
failure, and how to prevent them.
1. Poor Maintenance
It is crucial
that you put in place a regular maintenance schedule that ensures all lubrication
points are checked daily, all variable speed belts are monitored for wear and
tear and that the likes of rollers and chains have not accrued any damage which
can in turn damage other parts of the equipment.
2. Not Following the Manufacturer’s Instructions
The manuals that
come with equipment should contain a wealth of information about how to conduct
proper maintenance and calibrate machinery correctly.
Many such manuals will also have a troubleshooting section that shows you how
to deal with common issues.
3. Overworking Equipment
running machines at maximum performance can reduce the lifespan of various
components. To ensure a longer life, operate machinery a little under its
maximum performance level most of the time to avoid premature wear and tear.
4. Bad Electrical Connections
More and machinery
is electronically controlled these days which brings a new issue to contend
with in the form of poor electrical connections. One of the main causes of this
problem is the simple gathering of dust and dirt around the connectors, which
can be easily cleaned away with compressed air.
5. Untrained Users
If the machinery
operator hasn’t been fully trained in how to get the optimal performance out of
a machine, then their subsequent poor handling will often lead to unnecessary
failure and downtime. Gearboxes suppliers often hear
of poor handling being the reason for machinery failure.
6. Incorrect Storage
equipment is as vital as operating it correctly. The manufacturers should
provide recommendations on proper storage, so ensure that all equipment is
stored exactly as it was intended to be.
7. Harsh Conditions
A lot of
machinery is built to be operated specifically in harsh conditions, but there
is also a lot of equipment that will succumb to the elements quickly if used in
environments they have not been designed for. Make sure your machinery can
handle whatever conditions it needs to be operated in.
8. Ignored Warning Signs
include warning signals that indicate there is a problem somewhere, and it can
be easy to ignore these if the equipment is still seemingly operating at
optimal efficiency. However, this is the perfect moment to identify a problem
and get it fixed before failure occurs.
9. Misaligned Tighteners
and variable speed belts feature tighteners
that must remain aligned correctly. If they are misaligned then they will add
unnecessary tension to the belt which in turn creates more wear and tear.
10. Operating Machinery with Worn Parts
When a machinery
component wears out and needs replacing, you should check all the other parts
that worked in conjunction with that part. Wear on one component can cause wear
on another, so always ensure every component is in good working order.
If you require any replacement
components such as rollers or variable speed belts to get your equipment up and
running again, then contact
who are the UK’s leading machinery parts and gearboxes suppliers.