How to extend the life of your heavy equipment

One of the most expensive moving parts to your business is your heavy equipment, which is why it is so important to do what you can to keep it running for longer and smoother so you can get on with the job. Methods of proper and preventative maintenance can go a long way in improving productivity, cutting potential costs and creating a safer environment for your staff.

At Oil & Energy, we’ve been in the industry since 1999, so we know a thing or two about the importance of correct maintenance procedures – especially when it comes to your business’ operational equipment. We specialise in providing only the highest quality of lubricants and motor oils to ensure your machines and vehicles last longer, perform better and break down less frequently.

Here’s a quick guide on what you need to know when it comes to maintaining and extending the life of heavy equipment.

Operating Heavy Equipment

Heavy equipment is often operated by a number of different staff, so it is important to ensure everyone is proficient with proper operational procedures. Appropriately trained and qualified operators allow for better use of heavy equipment, reduced workplace injury, enhanced equipment performance and overall operational productivity. Regular training in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements will help ensure that your equipment is being operated correctly and safely, consequently reducing breakdowns and equipment malfunctions.

Frequent cleaning is also essential when it comes to equipment maintenance, by preventing dirt and muck from getting inside the equipment and causing damage. Training staff to effectively clean equipment will help reduce chances of corrosion and assist in identifying any potential faults earlier on before they become bigger issues later on.

Maintenance & Servicing

It’s tempting to save money in the short term and prolong the replacing of parts and other essential service items for your equipment – but that’s exactly what it is, short-term savings. Putting off replacing a part as per the schedule and past it’s recommended use can yield some costly outcomes. This can create further damage to other parts surrounding it, putting your equipment out of use and increasing downtime. This can easily be prevented by following a regular schedule that outlines when parts should be replaced regardless of whether they are still working at the time or not.

The manufacturer of your equipment will have outlined a recommended preventative maintenance schedule, which can be followed for the best results. An important aspect of the schedule also includes inspecting and swapping your oil and lubricants in your equipment. The Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) will have strict requirements for these lubricants and oils as they are very essential for the functionality of the equipment. At Oil & Energy, our partner brand Phillips 66 specialises in the production of these lubricants which can have varying characteristics based on operating conditions and specific use. According to Phillips 66, this is ‘needed to minimise wear, maximise performance, and ensure the safe operation of the equipment’. Small details matter, using the correct amount of lubricant has a big impact on the functionality of your equipment. All this can usually be found in the service manual which will stipulate the requirements for your lubricants.

At Oil & Energy, our experts are equipped with the technical know-how to tailor a solution to best suit your specific requirements. We are committed to working with multiple brands and partners to select the right combination of lubricants and motor oils across a broad client base. Our comprehensive inventory of the finest lubricants manufacturers include Phillips 66. Products range from engine oils and premium greases to hydraulic fluids, with hundreds of different formulations for applications in all major industrial segments suited to various operating conditions. We also work with many leading brands, including Red Line, Shell, Petronas and Kendall. That means we can service you with a solution that meets your needs – and the needs of your equipment.

Reach out to have a chat with one of our friendly consultants today!

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