Before spring and summer get into full swing, it is best to double-check the quality of your equipment and tools. Completing a preseason equipment checklist will help any construction or machining business to best serve its clients. It is normal for large equipment, construction materials, and tools to have wear and tear, but getting them serviced or adding needed attachments will make your company stand out from the others.
Our Equipment Checklist
Sanson Machinery offers comprehensive metal fabrication equipment diagnostics, service, and machinery repair for companies of all sizes. We want you to be able to have quality equipment that is built to last.
1- Check For Wear And New Parts
The first step on our equipment checklist is to take a look around your site and see what equipment you have in your query. Taking inventory of what machines and tools you have will help you determine how much work will need to be done to service them all.
Looking at your large equipment, you may not be able to tell if it needs maintenance with the naked eye, but looking for visible signs of wear or noticing missing parts is a great place to start.
Some specific areas to check include,
- Bucket teeth
- Hydraulic fluid
- Machine arms
These areas are relatively easy to check and will give you an idea of what parts you need to order or what maintenance services you need to schedule.
2- Schedule Maintenance
Once you have determined which machines need extra service or new parts, it is time to schedule maintenance. It is also good practice to schedule all machines that you use regularly during the busy season for routine maintenance. Even if a machine or set of tools does not look like it needs maintenance, routine maintenance will help keep things running as they should.
Just like you service your car, machines used in your construction or manufacturing business will need to be tuned up, oiled, fixed, or serviced in order to run their best. Fixing a machine during the busy seasons can set your projects back by weeks or even months. Scheduling maintenance should be on your equipment checklist to avoid unnecessary delays.
3- Analyze The Data
Many modern machines collect data on tasks they complete, how long the machine was running and other diagnostic information. Owners can learn a lot from looking at the data collected from equipment during the past season. Analyzing the data can help you see how much fuel was used, idle times, and engine efficiency.
Looking at the data can help you to improve the quality of the machine, improve safety and save money. If you notice that the machine was idling for more than 20 minutes, work to train your employees to use the fuel more efficiently. Running the engine for long periods of time without using the machine also deteriorates the machine faster.
Looking at data can help you see if the machine may be having problems. Looking at these reports can help you get it fixed before it malfunctions and leads to injury.
If you are not using equipment as much as you thought, try renting it out to other users during your least busy times. This can help the machine run more efficiently and save on maintenance costs. Looking at data gives you better visibility into what your business is doing and how you can improve.
4- Consider Attachment Options
New advances in technology will continue to form and are designed to make your machines better. Before you start up another set of projects consider adding research about attachments to your preseason equipment checklist.
Attachments for your current equipment can help it run more efficiently and help you complete more work in a shorter amount of time. It is best to install these during your downtime so that the machine and attachment can be calibrated correctly.
Considering and researching attachments now will also give your crew members time to master using them. Getting them purchased, shipped, installed, calibrated, and in use can take some time, but the sooner you work to implement them, the better your summer construction season will run.
Machines With Sanson Machinery
Our team offers machine repair, used equipment, and new equipment for metal workers, construction workers, or other businesses who are looking for quality tools. Our team has over 60 years of combined experience in manufacturing solutions. We are here to serve you and give you the best equipment experience possible. Learn more about our business here.