The machinery used on mining sites is of the most expensive in the heavy-duty industry, making it the costliest to repair and replace when the times comes. In an attempt to educate the reader on ways of saving money and increase the lifespan of mining-related equipment, this guide will uncover overlooked areas of maintenance and identify simple steps that will positively impact the long-term value of your machinery.
Below are a few actionable steps that you can take to maximise heavy-duty equipment lifespan and ROI (Return on Investment):
1. Implement a Preventative Maintenance Plan
A preventative maintenance plan extends mining machinery’s lifespan while minimising potential downtime due to equipment failure that could’ve been avoided with prior detection. By helping to anticipate wear and tear and cater for future replacement of components before they break, a maintenance plan is the ultimate way of ensuring that mining operations are reaching their full potential without the risk of major damage. This makes preventative maintenance much more than regular maintenance like lubricating and changing filters. Rather, it is an all-inclusive approach to asset management from the time the equipment is purchased until the very end of its valuable lifespan.
Some of the benefits associated with proper maintenance are:
• Improved equipment and system reliability
• Elimination of unforeseen breakdowns
• Decreased risk of expensive component or system replacements
• Prolonged equipment lifespan
• Higher resale value
• Better parts inventory management
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2. Identify Common Causes of System Breakdown
Hundreds of thousands of dollars can be saved by simply identifying potential causes of problems before they actualise. There are three different types of machinery failure. Below you will find each one, with their causes and solutions:
• Sudden failure is when equipment breaks down without any warning, with the cause of the problem presenting itself as it happens. The only solution to this is fixing or replacing the component.
• Intermittent failure is something that happens rarely, with a cause that is more difficult to identify. This causes frustrating downtime that could’ve been avoided with a proper maintenance plan.
• Gradual failure is something that, in this day and age, can be prevented easily by doing routine maintenance and inspections of parts to ensure that nothing is experiencing severe wear and tear. Components that are deemed to be close to the end of their lifespan can also then be replaced before they give in.
3. Increase Product Knowledge
Getting to know your machinery inside out is one of the best ways to ensure that you can implement preventative maintenance program that is best suited to your equipment. This can be as simple as reading the equipment manual thoroughly and using it as a reference point whenever you want to do something new with the product. Manuals exist to offer valuable troubleshooting information that is often in bullet-point or flow charts that guide your every step during malfunctions with ease.
4. Keep Record of Your Machinery’s Service History
Documenting your equipment’s servicing history will give you a better idea of the type of problems to expect from heavy-duty components. A simple way of doing this is to keep a book in the machine itself, containing the date, type of service performed, parts that were replaced, any observed irregularities, and a date of the next scheduled service. This can also include a personalised checklist that can be ticked off every morning before operations begin and every evening when the working day comes to a close.
Perhaps the biggest tip that we can give you when it comes to extending the life of your mining and materials handling equipment is to leave it up to a company that specialises in exactly that. Losugen has the experience and knowledge to implement a sophisticated maintenance program that will suit your unique requirements. Contact us today.