Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content

Four Things That Prevent Breakdowns

Dynamatic
Dynamatic Four Things That Prevent Breakdowns

Four Things That Prevent Breakdowns

By: Dynamatic

There’s no doubt that occasionally equipment will break down. Breakdowns seem to happen at the most inconvenient times. This leaves you at a standstill that costs more money. It becomes very stressful when you experience downtimes due to equipment breakdowns as other processes, functions, and machinery are reliant on that one piece of equipment to operate properly.

Equipment breakdowns can happen to anyone, but prevention is ultimately your best line of defense. So, how do you avoid an equipment breakdown? We’ll lead you through a few simple steps to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your business going, even if a piece of equipment does not.

A Checklist

Dynamatic checklist to Prevent BreakdownsA checklist provides a record of work completed and serves as a necessary reference for all areas to be checked. Each installation requires a unique checklist that includes all the equipment involved. Your maintenance supervisor should prepare this checklist and include all maintenance checkpoints for your equipment, the frequency at which each item should be checked, and the specific parameters that should be observed.
checklist

Lubrication

Dynamatic lubrication-points to Prevent BreakdownsThe number one cause of equipment malfunction and breakdown is failure to lubricate. If your product contains bearings, lubrication should be on your regular maintenance checklist. Additional causes of bearing failure are contamination and over-greasing. For most operating conditions, the bearings should only be greased approximately every 2,000 hours. However, if the product is to be run continuously or operated in a high ambient temperature [86ºF to 104ºF (30ºC to 40ºC)] or at a high slip RPM, more frequent lubrication would be necessary.

Inspection

Dynamatic bolts-150x150During routine maintenance, it’s important to perform visual checks for loose bolts, missing guards, lubricant leaks, excessive dirt on cooling surfaces and air inlets, and any other abnormal conditions. Compare the overall performance with previous reports and investigate any changes noted. Specifically, check any brake or other supporting devices that are used.

Cleaning

Cleaning should be performed as often as dictated by the environment of the unit. The more severe (dirty or hot) the conditions are, the more often these tasks must be performed. Before doing any work, turn power OFF, and lockout disconnect switch. Clean accumulated dust and dirt from the unit and immediate area. Pay special attention to the air intake areas. Dirt that accumulates in that area can easily obstruct airflow or be drawn into the unit to cause overheating or mechanical binding. If your product has slip rings, monitor for carbon dust accumulation. Slip ring area must be kept clean for proper usage. Check to see if parts are worn and need replacing. If dirt and other contaminants are drawn into the unit with the cooling air, the unit may eventually require internal cleaning. Since internal cleaning requires disassembly, the work should be performed by a qualified service shop.

Dynamatic power-off-150x150Aside from these items, it’s always a good idea to have a spare eddy current product on hand in case of a problem. Being able to switch out a product to keep business rolling will eliminate downtime and provide peace of mind while the non-functional piece is in for repair or replacement. For information related to the purchase of spare machinery or with any questions related to regular maintenance, please call us at (262) 554-7977 or email sales@dynamatic.com.

Related Articles

Dynamatic Educational Series Snapshot

Educational Series on YouTube

As of January 2021, DSI/Dynamatic® is introducing an Educational Series on YouTube. The series will include a new video each…

Dynamatic VFD vs. VSD

Are VFD and VSD The Same?

Yes and no! Though there is not a simple answer to this question. Like with many questions, when you are comparing…

Related Whitepapers

8X Longer Packing Life in Slurry for Fertilizer Manufacturing

Challenge Issue Existing packing lasted only three days due to abrasive gypsum slurry in fertilizer mineral manufacturing process. Shaft required replacement every few days. Root…

10 Ways To Kill Your Centrifugal Pump

Centrifugal pumps are reliable, low-maintenance pumps. They are worldwide good for > 40% of all fluid transfer in industry. The centrifugal pump has a very…

Improving Tank Level Management with Innovative Altitude Valves [Infographic]

Traditional altitude valve solutions DON’T cut it. In fact, they: Fail to provide adequate tank turnover and ensure water doesn’t stratify and stagnate Provide a drawdown…

Accurate Metering and Superior Handling of Abrasives and Particulates for Polyurethane Processing

Compact, Seal-less Pumps Reduce Costs and Provide Dependable Performance With more than 40 years of experience serving the industry, including many of the major global…

Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sign up for our Newsletter!

Select list(s) to subscribe to


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Empowering Pumps & Equipment, 2205-C 7th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35401, http://www.empoweringpumps.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact