Many businesses in the trucking and construction industry can experience on-the-job accidents that are the result of improper machinery maintenance. What better time to check your vehicles and machinery safety protocol and preventative maintenance than the holidays? In this post, we discuss why the holidays are the perfect season for maintenance and to consider installing an ALS.
A very ALS time of the year!
With the increasing demands of products and services during the holiday season, ALS is needed more than ever. Lubrication is an important part of vehicle and machinery maintenance. While manual lubrication is still helpful, automated lubrication systems have grown in popularity because of their accuracy and reliability.
For businesses to meet product demands and deliveries, they need well-maintained equipment. With the cutting-edge technology used in ALS, businesses can take advantage of their equipment’s maximum capacity while saving on time and costs.
An ALS enables safe environments, prevent accidents and hasten services. It also increases productivity and reduces maintenance allocations.
Preventive Maintenance for Vehicles and Machinery
Preventative maintenance is key to prolonging equipment life. Before the holidays, it’s good to have your vehicle/machinery checked and see if they need ALS.
Efficient cost control means establishing maintenance frequencies in the right way. A schedule has to be created to avoid overlooking important components. Maintenance can be highly variable, depending on operating conditions, the intricacies of a system and the nature of the machinery.
Operational checks should be done daily as much as possible. Lubricant reservoirs have to be checked and deficiencies should be aptly reported.
How to Maintain Automated Lubrication Systems
Automated lubrication systems have to be maintained in the same way as your vehicles and machinery. These types of systems vary greatly, but there are factors that affect system performance:
- Lubricants should be appropriate for the application. The type of lubricant should match the system components, layout, and operating temperature. When picking out a lubricant, make sure that it’s appropriate for the kind of lubrication system you’re using.
- Replacement lubricant should be compatible with old lubricant used. All seems well when you add a new lubricant to an empty reservoir, but there are small amounts of lubricant left which can cause problems with the new lubricant.
- Use clean lubricants. Make sure you know appropriate handling and storage protocols. Contaminated lubricants may cause damage to the system or result in bearing failures.
- Check fittings and piping. This should be done regularly to prevent leaks and environmental contamination.
- Fill lubricant reservoirs. If reservoirs dry up, air goes into the piping and hinders pressure. If the air is not purged, the system will not function at optimum levels.
Automated lubrication systems vs. manual lubrication
Automated lubrication systems have many superior features compared to manual lubrication. The latter is not as accurate as ALS, it has a higher risk of under and over lubrication. Manual lubrication also needs more manpower and hours of work. Worker safety and clean-up costs are also a concern.
Many variables are considered when choosing a lubrication system. But if you’re looking for better lubrication and lower maintenance cost, Automated Lubrication Systems are the best way to go!