6 Considerations When Choosing a Coupling

Couplings are used in virtually every piece of power transmission equipment. Connecting motor and gearbox/reducer shafts to conveyors, pumps, compressors, and other machinery transmit torque while absorbing vibration and facilitating disassembly and maintenance.

The Importance of Coupling Selection

Whether designing new machinery or performing maintenance on something that’s seen years of service, it’s vital to use the proper coupling. But, unfortunately, choosing the cheapest or the best delivery is a recipe for performance problems and premature failure.

What’s more, when replacing a failing coupling, recognize that the OEM may not have specified one of the best quality. A coupling more appropriate to your application may last longer and lower your maintenance costs.

So with that background, let’s look at what your coupling supplier needs to know so they can recommend the most suitable product.

1. Torque and Speed

Handling these is the primary role of the coupling. Your coupling supplier needs to know both. Note that couplings are designed with an overload capability, typically 200% of the catalog torque limit, to accommodate start-up loads.

2. Service Factors

Where will the coupling be installed, and what conditions will it see? For example, if it’s going outdoors, exposure to UV, ozone, low temperatures, and moisture likely take elastomeric couplings out of contention. Ask for couplings proven in your application and take manufacturer recommendations into account.

3. Space Available

The two factors are the gap between the shafts and the clearance around them. Some couplings, especially elastomeric units for high power and torque applications, have large outside diameters, so identify any restrictions.

When considering space constraints, you may encounter “torque density” or “power density.” This is the rated torque divided by the OD. Gear couplings have some of the highest torque density numbers.

4. Precision Required

In the context of couplings, this refers to:

  • Tolerance for angular and offset misalignment (you may need to trade one for the other)
  • Backlash (a key consideration in precision motion control)
  • Windup (technically, torsional deflection)

For each of these, determine the limit of what’s acceptable and communicate it to your supplier.

5. Accessibility and Maintainability Considerations

If access to the coupling is difficult, it’s essential to select for long life, low maintenance requirements, and ease of repair/replacement. For example, avoid couplings that need lubrication (like gear couplings) and consider repairable ones by replacing only the flexible elements. (Grid coupling elements are often the least expensive.)

6. The Vendor

Find a vendor that works with a long list of coupling manufacturers and understands what your application needs. Ask about availability, stocking policies, and delivery: when a coupling does go bad, you want to know you can get a replacement quickly! Consider price only once you have candidates that will meet the performance requirements.

Get the Right Coupling for the Job

Shaft couplings may appear inconsequential, but that’s only until they fail. When choosing new or replacement couplings, consider all aspects of the application and share these with your vendor. Kor-Pak works with leading coupling manufacturers and can advise on what you should use. Contact us to get started.

Brief Guide to Oil Rig Equipment

When it comes to operating factories, machines, vehicles, and even homes, the typical fuels used are gas and oil. In 2019, it was estimated that the world held 1,733.9 billion barrels of oil reserves, according to Discover Magazine. Finding this oil requires specialized equipment and exploration work to bring it up to the surface for processing. Oil rig equipment helps to extract the oil and petroleum from the land as well as from the sea.

Technology in the oil equipment industry has evolved for the exploration and drilling of oil to minimize damage to the ecosystem and prevent oil leaks that can harm the environment. From global positioning systems to remote sensing devices, these technologies are designed to help discover the possible location of oil reserves so that fewer exploratory wells are drilled. Check out our brief guide regarding some of the oil rig equipment used in this industry.

Mast

An essential structure on an oil rig is the mast. The mast, also called a derrick, holds and lifts the components used in the drilling operation. It acts as a lifting device for the drill string, such as the drill pipes and other accessories.

Drill String

The drill string refers to all the drill pipes, the bottom hole assembly, and all the other components used in the operation of the drill bit that will tun at the wellbore’s bottom. The drill string comprises the drill pipe, drill collars, drill jars, stabilizers, heavyweight drill pipe, and other tools.

Rotary Table

The rotary table is a section of the drill floor that rotates or spins. It provides power to the drill string and the bit as it moves in a clockwise rotation. The rotary table’s power is transmitted through the kelly bushing, as the entire rig is sometimes called a kelly drive rig. The rotary table may be used for primary power or backup power.

Top Drive

The top drive consists of a motor that is suspended at the top of the mast. The motor turns the drill string as an alternative to the rotary table and may be used in special circumstances. The top drive assists with the bore head drilling process.

Mud Pump

The mud pump is a reciprocating pump that circulates the drilling fluid (drilling mud) downhole along the drilling string and back up to the surface through the annulus, the space between the casing and wellbore or casing and tubing. This fluid circulation is at extremely high pressures.

Shale Shakers

Shale shakers are fluid separation systems that remove the large solids (cuttings) from the drilling fluid. Shale shakers help reduce drilling costs and make operations efficient while ensuring the drilling fluid circulates to keep the drill bit cool.

Many other oil rig technologies and equipment are used—ensuring that the equipment functions correctly and that replacement parts are available in case of breakage, allows an oil rig to function optimally when extracting petroleum and oil from the earth’s depths. Here at Kor-Pak, we offer oil rig equipment. Contact us for more information.

Torque Limiter Maintenance, Repair, and Replacement

Torque limiters are critical elements in rotational machine assemblies that protect against instantaneous overload conditions.

Overloads are often multivariable and caused by both mechanical and electrical factors. Therefore, a torque-limiting switch is implemented to mitigate potential overload damage, regardless of the root cause. Limiters establish a peak value for torque-generated force in a system.

Rotational components operate uninterrupted within the bounds of the set torque limit. When the limit is exceeded, the operating machine is immediately detached from the load. The load separation stops the overload cascade from surging through the system, avoiding potential damage to the machine and its operators.

Proper maintenance and repair scheduling of limiter components should be prioritized in any heavy-duty, high-cycle operation. Machine troubleshooting can be conducted after a power failure, but any resulting damage cannot be undone. Effective use of a torque limiter circumvents much of the risk inherent to equipment failures.

Torque limiters are mostly autonomous but are not immune to malfunction or regular wear and tear. Several operative signals may indicate your torque limiter needs repair or replacement.

1. Abnormal Sounds at Start-Up

A sudden separation from loading elements is not a gentle process. During successful operation, torque limiters generate noise – and this should be expected.

On occasion, a torque-based system may emit a grinding, slamming, screeching, or whirring noise on start-up. These sounds can be accompanied by non-typical rumbling or physical motion in the equipment (as if a component was being tossed around). However, if the system is operating beneath the torque threshold set by the limiter, there should be no rattling, slipping, or squealing from the protective component.

Assess the characteristics of the noise and when it occurs. For example, if there are consistent noises at start-up, the torque limiter may be improperly installed, damaged, or over-slipping.

2. Motor Will Not Turn-Over / Start

Depending on the equipment, the torque limiter may be implicated in no-start conditions.

For example, electric engines that demand maximal torque at start-up – zero revolutions – may trigger immediate slippage by the torque limiter. As a result, the motor will be unable to turn over. A no-start might be accompanied by the sounds noted above, ignition chugging, or another rattling in the equipment.

3. Torque Limiter Slippage

Torque limiters are designed to slip – that’s how they can disengage from the load component. However, a total slippage of the limiter can mean operators will be unable to start or re-engage the equipment. Thus, slippage is undesirable below the set torque threshold. Coincidentally, over-slippage tends to be responsible for many situations involving abnormal noises and no-start motor conditions.

The type of torque limiter affects the mode of slippage. For example, friction plate, magnetic particle, and magnetic hysteresis torque limiters use different slip mechanisms to achieve the same operational goal.

Kor-Pak Torque Limiter Services

Troubleshooting points of failure in heavy equipment is a punishing process regarding downtime and operational costs.

Kor-Pak is equipped with the resources to provide consultative, repair, and replacement services for your torque limiters. Contact us for more information.

EMG Thruster Maintenance and Repair

The high demand for EMG thruster units often results in low stock across distribution channels. Replacing an electrohydraulic thruster can impair project lead times significantly and introduce a significant cost burden. Adhering to a proper repair and maintenance protocol enables a quicker and more economical turnaround.

Design and Operation

ELDRO and ELHY electrohydraulic thrusters are built with scalable, long-term use in mind. Versatility in a wide range of environmental and project-specific scenarios is prioritized in the design.

Primary design features include:

  • Reliability and long service life
  • Minimized regulating periods – fast response
  • Multipurpose designs may be specified for the environment
  • Operational overload protection
  • Straightforward assembly, disassembly, and installation
  • Multidirectional motor rotation – removing the need for reversing contractor components
  • Switching frequency graded to 2000 cycles per hour
  • Adjustable stroke
  • Modifiable lift and lower times

EMG thrusters are commonly employed industrially in crane, mining, and conveyor machinery. Systems demanding high-duty cycles in harsh operative conditions can stand to benefit from an electrohydraulic thruster unit.

ELDRO

ELDRO thrusters are built according to a coaxial functional assembly comprised of an electric motor and hydraulic unit. Implicit to a hydraulic system, thrust is generated via an appropriate operating fluid modulated by a centrifugal pump. The piston is designed to retract automatically if operational power is lost, and the brake springs will lock into place.

ELHY

ELHY brake thrusters are compact, low-noise units provided in several models bearing the same general structure. A three-phase motor is housed at the base, attached to a terminal box. The hydraulic pump is seated atop the motor, which connects to the piston and rod shaft. The ELHY model is crafted to ensure last-line defense against power failures and operative malfunctions.

Risk Factors

Electrohydraulic thrusters are often subject to extreme conditions. The intentional balancing of a thruster’s internal components and casings requires special awareness on behalf of operator and machine wellbeing.

EMG units are equipped with positional measurement systems and internal level indicators. These mechanisms indicate stroke path, piston rod depth, and release or brake position. In addition, limit switches may be utilized to provide more sophisticated data. Careful monitoring of EMG measurements can give a predictable baseline and point toward equipment fitness.

Corrosion is an active risk for any mechanism operating in high relative humidity or conditions where excessive condensation builds. EMG thrusters are fitted with redundant seals and protective tubing, but increased protection is recommended for intensive circumstances. Operators may consider the use of parking heaters or specialized sealing paint for the housing structure.

Repair and Maintenance Protocol

Kor-Pak offers consultations for use and rapid turnover repair services of EMG thruster units.

Our standard repair process involves complete strip-down disassembly of the electrohydraulic unit. Kor-Pak conducts a thorough visual inspection of each component. Housing, motor, piston, and brake assemblies are evaluated for damage related to corrosion, impact, and excessive wear. Bearings, seals, gaskets, and paint are replaced as part of our service.

Each repaired unit is put through a load and environmental condition check, then certified by Kor-Pak’s specialists.

Contact us for a quote or additional information.

4 Uses for Hydraulic Clamps

There is a vital part of production in the heavy machine industry that is often overlooked.

Workholding.

Positioning, supporting, and clamping are critical steps in workholding. However, when it comes to clamping, hydraulic clamps are the superior choice.

Hydraulic clamps have many advantages. They produce accurate and repeatable processes while using less space. As a result, they save time and money.

Does your industry use hydraulic clamps? Read on to learn four essential uses of hydraulic clamps in a variety of industries.

1. Industrial Mobile Hydraulics

Industrial uses of hydraulics extend beyond plant processing machinery and automated production lines.

In industrial mobile hydraulics, an operator manually controls the hydraulic system. Building and construction equipment often contain hydraulics. Example vehicles include tractors, backhoes, excavators, and cranes.

Excavators are an excellent opportunity to see hydraulic clamps in action.

Wheeler and crawler excavators use hydraulic clamps. Heavy machinery operators use the clamps to remove unwanted debris or place materials.

Clamps keep the material secure for loading and handling.

2. Hydraulic Drilling Rigs

Hydraulic fracturing is one of the most advanced mining technologies today.

Drilling uses hydraulics to extract unused gas and oil from the Earth’s surface. It pushes a high-pressure mixture of water, sand, and chemical additives through cracks in the earth. This forces the resources out.

These applications, and many others, benefit from hydraulic pipe clamps. A hydraulic pipe clamp is a convenient way of fastening a tube, pipe, and hose to a fixed point.

These hydraulic clamps reduce system noise, vibration, and damage caused by flex fatigue. Thus, they are vital for long-term safety and performance.

3. Maritime Technology

Hydraulic clamps play an essential role in marine applications. They are essential to maintain control and stability of leisure and commercial vessels.

Many ship parts use hydraulic systems.

Steering gears, bow and stern thrusters, and engine rooms contain hydraulic parts. In addition, maintenance systems such as pumps, jacks, and deck machines also use hydraulic systems.

One interesting use of hydraulic clamps is boat leveling systems.

Boat levelers correct listing in certain sea conditions. These systems use hydraulics for smooth trimming actions. Hydraulic hose clamps are vital to the proper function of leveling systems.

4. Aerospace Industry

Aerospace applications such as planes, rockets, and spaceships also use hydraulic systems.

Hydraulics, including clamps, are active in steering and braking. They are also used to adjust wing retraction or landing gear and open or close doors.

The aerospace industry faces unique conditions. Therefore, when choosing materials, you must consider many variables. These include extreme temperatures, high-frequency vibrations, and harsh chemical usage.

Hydraulic hose clamps are critical in these conditions. They maintain stability, safety, and proper function.

Choose the Right Hydraulic Clamps For Your Needs

Hydraulic systems have many uses across several heavy machine industries. So it’s easy to see that hydraulic clamps are vital tools.

To achieve safe and consistent workholding, hydraulic clamps are a great option. They can help you save time, money, and space while producing reliable results. 

Need help choosing the right hydraulic clamp for your needs?

Kor-Pak is here to help. Please browse our products or contact us today.

7 Signs Your Industrial Gearbox Needs Servicing

Gearboxes are the unsung heroes of power transmission. They take the motor output and change speed, torque, and direction to what’s needed to drive essential equipment. Conveyor systems, pumps, mixers, and a host of other machinery rely on gearboxes for their operation.

When a gearbox fails, the equipment or process being driven stops. That unplanned downtime translates to lost production, late deliveries, and increased costs.

An excellent way to avoid problems like these is by carrying out regular inspections. They don’t need to take long; you just need to know what to look for. Here are seven signs that your gearbox needs attention.

1. Oil Leaking from Shaft Seals

Gearbox oil lubricates and cools. If it’s leaking, the level will be low, which leads to other problems. (See below.) Oil leaks usually appear as dark streaks or tearstains in the paint directly below where shafts exit the gearbox housing.

2. Running Abnormally Hot

Heat causes expansion — that takes up clearances and leads to more wear. A simple check is to place a hand on the housing. To get more sophisticated, use a handheld IR thermometer or even a thermal camera. If you see smoke or the paint is becoming discolored, you’ve got a severe overheating problem.

3. Unusual Noise and/or Vibration

These go hand-in-hand, but in noisy environments, it’s hard to pick up abnormal sounds. Vibration, however, will tell you if something is going wrong. So, again, a hand check is good, but the instrumentation is better. You might even want to install vibration monitoring equipment on critical pieces of the plant.

4. Low Oil Level

If the manufacturer put a sight glass on the housing, it’s there for a reason. Make sure you can see oil at the correct level. If not, plan on topping it up as soon as possible.

5. Low Oil Pressure

Hard to tell without a pressure gauge, but low oil pressure suggests the pump is failing. If the gauge is reading low, plan on making repairs soon.

6. Damaged Gear Teeth

Take a cover off and check the condition of the teeth. If necessary, get hold of an endoscope for a close-up examination. Spalling or other signs of wear suggest alignment, bearing, or temperature problems. If one or more teeth are missing, it might be that the gearbox is being overloaded. Schedule repair or replacement as soon as possible.

7. Blocked Breathers

Breathers let air move in and out of the gearbox housing. If they get blocked, this airflow stops. It could lead to raised temperatures, and it may also mean the gearbox has ingested particulates from the air. Clean the breather and change the oil!

A common challenge with monitoring gearboxes is, can you be sure something has changed? It’s good practice to take pictures and make notes on every inspection. You might even video it running. This way, if you suspect a problem, you can check whether you see something new or just normal operation.

What To Do If You See Problems?

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Knowing Your Agricultural Equipment

The range of applications offered by modern farm equipment comes with a similarly broad library of parts and maintenance options. Sustaining a base of current knowledge around your agricultural tools is beneficial whether you’re running a newer, small-time operation or scaling up efficiency as a veteran in the farming industry. 

Keeping up with the ins and outs of your agricultural equipment while successfully managing a budget is easier said than done. Balancing parts selection with the cost of maintenance – around an increasingly complex supply chain environment – means every investment in machinery needs to be thoroughly understood and optimized. 

Kor-Pak supplies a comprehensive range of agricultural equipment and tooling components. Here, we’ll be taking a look at five agricultural machinery considerations to best support your farming operation.

Friction

When we think about the efficiency of a machine, we often look at the bigger pieces of the puzzle: the wheels, engines, rotors, bands, and processing systems (blades, fans, etc.). However, the effectiveness of these larger structures is owed to a long list of slightly more invisible properties. Among such internal qualities, friction is a front-runner. 

The friction coefficient of any material you implement in your agricultural equipment can impact the overall productivity of your operation. If your machines are not equipped with the proper friction materials for the soil, agricultural category, or climate, they will be susceptible to increased wear and tear. 

PTO (Power Take-Off) Facings

Power take-off systems channel energy from an engine to another component in the machine system. For example, kinetic/rotating power can be converted into hydraulic power for a pump – negating the need for a standalone hydraulic engine. 

In choosing a PTO and its associated facings, operators should know their applications’ specific horsepower and torque requirements. Speed, sizing, and frictional elements can contribute to problems of excessive heating and component slipping. 

Phenolic Bushings

Bushings are single-element bearings intended to modulate the efficiency of moving parts (like shafts and fans). Phenolic materials have taken precedence among high-load applications for their unique self-lubricating properties and resistance to heat-conduction into other parts of the system. Further, they contribute to structural stability in the equipment and can be engineered for extreme resilience under high heat conditions and exposure to acid. 

Phenolic bushings provide a highly efficient, low-maintenance option that is well-suited for agricultural equipment.

Brake Bands

The relationship between friction and function and its importance to optimal machine operation is established – and your brake systems are no different. During use, brake bands will accumulate tremendous amounts of heat. As a result, improperly specced or unmaintained material may experience a condition referred to as “fading.” Fading is the rapid deterioration of a material’s friction coefficient resulting from excess heat build-up. 

Cost and Maintenance

Agricultural equipment maintenance is a significant component of the overall operational costs inherent to any farming operation. Making well-informed decisions on your materials can contribute to saving as much as $50 an acre.

Kor-Pak is here to help. Contact our team for guidance and consultation on selecting the best agricultural materials for your equipment, and we’ll get you on your way.

Torque Limiter: What Is It and Why Is It Important for Mechanical Equipment?

Applications around the world and in many industries use mechanisms to operate machinery. From harvesting crops and processing food to mining precious ores from the earth, these machines use rotating systems to operate, such as tracks on an excavator or a tractor equipped with a brush hog attachment used to clear a field.

Depending on the machine, the amount of generated torque can be vast depending on the equipment and the task. Therefore, these mechanisms are designed to handle a specific amount of generated torque consistently. However, some unforeseen circumstances may cause the mechanisms to experience higher torque loads that exceed design specifications. In these instances, a torque limiter is used to prevent the machine from overloading.

What is a Torque Limiter?

A torque limiter is a device that limits the amount of torque that mechanisms will experience. It is a device placed somewhere between the drive and the system that is driven. The torque limiter engages when the machine experiences a high torque load that the system cannot handle. 

The torque limiter disconnects (slips) the drive from the driven system. Due to this decoupling, the torque force begins to dissipate as the machine falls back into normal torque load thresholds or completely shuts down. For some torque limiter designs, the device still allows the equipment to function at lower speeds as engineers diagnose the issue to get the equipment running back at total capacity. For other instances, the torque limiter must be manually reset to reengage the drive system. 

There are many types of torque limiter designs. Some standard devices include the following:

  • Shear pin
  • Friction torque limiters
  • Ball detent torque limiters
  • Magnetic torque limiters
  • Hydraulic torque limiters

Why Are Torque Limiters Important?

Torque limiters act as a safety mechanism for equipment. It prevents equipment from experiencing a catastrophic failure that could result in tool breakage or even injuries to workers. The torque limiter is designed to work within milliseconds of detecting high torque loads. As a result, they can prevent damage from gearboxes, shafts, couplings chains, and other mechanisms. 

The location of the torque limiter varies based on which type of equipment it should protect. Multiple torque limiters may be placed between different points along the drive system. You may have a torque limiter between the gearbox and the motor to protect the motor, or the gearbox and the driven system to protect both the motor and the gearbox.

Best practices when deciding on the size and type of torque limiter and its placement will depend on the generated torque load. Typically, the torque load may be placed between mechanisms that are the most expensive to maintain, repair, or replace in the event of a catastrophic failure. In addition, the torque limiter should always be set at a place that generally has a low amount of torque to prevent the device from accidentally tripping on its own. 

When it comes to torque limiters, these devices protect your equipment through their entire lifecycle. As a result, they may prevent unnecessary downtimes, complete equipment failure, and workplace accidents. For more information about torque limiters, contact Kor-Pak.

How to Find the Right Industrial Parts and Service Provider

Finding the ideal industrial parts and service provider can be challenging, but ,it can make running your business a little easier once you do. 

Keep reading below to learn how to find a provider that’s a good fit for your company!

Industrial Parts and Service Providers Are Essential

If your company is an industrial manufacturer, you understand how important it is for everything to be done right. Just like how there are no unimportant parts of a machine, everyone in your business plays a vital role. So you shouldn’t risk bringing in another organization that won’t do a good job.

Otherwise, just like in a machine, your whole business is at risk. So expect to do work before deciding on industrial parts and service providers. There is no such thing as too much research when it comes to this decision.

The importance of finding a good provider cannot be understated!

Ask Yourself What You Need

When you start researching what provider to go with, you should ask yourself a few questions. For example, you should look into which parts you tend to use. You will also need to look into the quality your clients expect of you.

For example, if your business is known for producing quickly and efficiently, you will need a provider that can keep up.

Reflecting on your own expectations and the ones of your customers is a vital first step towards finding the right provider.

A Good Provider Will Work With You

An important characteristic of good parts and service providers is a willingness to work with you. Your provider should go to some lengths to make sure they are doing the job right and identify your expectations. If they don’t check in to make sure they’re doing well, you may want to be wary.

But if your provider does ask you questions about what they should do, you can trust them!

Finding the Right Provider Is Hard!

It can take time to find the right industrial parts and service provider that matches your company and helps you achieve your goals. But finding the right one is always worth it, no matter how long it takes.

And you can get started with us! Reach out to us, and we will make sure your company’s needs are met so it can continue serving customers!

Regular Industrial Maintenance You Can Plan On

Preventative industrial maintenance isn’t just a checklist.

To see the most out of your equipment, you need to implement a plan that includes regular checkups, employee training, and more. If you implement this correctly, you might see a 25% reduction in your equipment repair costs. 

Follow this guide to learn how you can save money.

Budget For Machine Downtime

All machines eventually need repairs. However, if you’ve been implementing your maintenance plan correctly, you’ll likely see those failures coming. 

Consequently, part of a holistic planning process always includes budgeting for machine downtime. 

Provide Constant Training and Refresher Courses

Most people think that preventative maintenance is all about the machine, but that isn’t the only essential con.

If you haven’t adequately trained the people who operate the machines you work with, they’ll always break their tools. So, always train your employees/provide refresher courses and recertifications as needed.

Always Read the Manual

We know, reading the manual is a chore. You’re forklift certified, aren’t you? Driving any brand of forklift should be a breeze!

Well, surprisingly enough, reading the manual is one of the most important things you can do to prevent damage to your goods, machinery, and co-workers. In addition, a manual will give you a sneak peek into any quirks your new machine might have. That knowledge can save your butt in a fast-paced situation. 

Track Your Service History

Memories fail. 

So, keep a complete service record for your industrial equipment. Keeping track of your maintenance can be necessary for inspections, insurance claims, and future services as well.

Building Your Industrial Maintenance Checklist

Now, onto the equipment condition checklist you should be building. Use this list to guide you when you make your own.

General checklist items to include:

  • Make all lights are working
  • Check to make sure that handrails, grab irons, and steps are securely attached
  • Check for rust or denting
  • Check the brakes 
  • Check your electrical wiring for kinks, breaks, or faults
  • Check your hydraulics for leaks
  • Check the levels and condition of your hydraulic fluid
  • Check for damage to any fuel tanks
  • Check for cracks, rust, and other faults on your lifting mechanisms
  • Check the grease levels on all moving parts
  • Check coolant levels
  • Do and inventor and once over of any tools to resharpen, restock, etc.
  • Check any windows for visibility issues
  • Make sure all operating lights are working
  • Ensure any seatbelts are present and working correctly
  • Check to see if the fire extinguisher is expired
  • Make sure all pedals, levers, and buttons move quickly and like they’re supposed to

For wheeled machines:

  • Check tire pressure
  • Check tire tread
  • Check for damage on the rims
  • Check the tightness of your lug nuts
  • Check the axels for rust

For machines that use tracks (like a conveyor):

  • Inspect rollers (check to see if they move freely, look for broken sprockets, etc.)
  • Look for signs of rust
  • Check the condition of any rubber belts
  • Check the tension of the track

Engine specific checklist items:

  • Check your fluid levels
  • Check your air filters
  • Check your belts and hoses for wear
  • Check for corrosion on your battery
  • make sure all covers, skid plates, and guards are installed correctly

It’s important to remember that these checklists aren’t perfect. So, in addition to our suggested checklist items, add in your own using your knowledge, know-how, and familiarity with your machines.

Making a Plan is the Most Important Step

Preventative, industrial maintenance checklists and training are the most important thing you can do to stop catastrophic failures from happening in your warehouse. 

So, what’s your call? Will you beef up your preventative measures, or will you keep playing fast and lose with your livelihood? The choice is yours. 

Ethier way, accidents can happen. So, if you find yourself in a tight spot, you’re always welcome to make use of our repair services. We’ll be happy to get you back up and running.