Industrial couplers and coupling equipment need to be properly maintained to maximize their longevity and ensure safety around your facility.
You need to design a thorough maintenance regime to keep your couplers in operating condition and to detect repair and replacement needs as they arise. The following are five mistakes to avoid when designing the maintenance regime for your couplers to ensure safety and maximize productivity:
Not optimizing usage to reduce wear and tear on couplers
The fewer the pieces of machinery are used, the better shape they will remain in and the longer they will last.
If you can optimize coupler use to be the most productive with the least amount of use, you can ensure that you'll get more life out of your couplers and reduce the occurrence of malfunctions.
Keeping couplers inadequately lubricated
Industrial couplers need to be adequately lubricated to ensure that they perform properly. Among the various coupler types that require lubrication are grid joints, geared couplers, and chain couplers.
To keep couplers adequately lubricated, you need to make sure that no leaks develop in mechanical components that allow lubrication to easily escape.
Allowing industrial couplers to become contaminated
The functioning of couplers can be negatively impacted if they become contaminated by certain liquids.
One possible coupler contaminant is solvents that are used to clean couplers. Any solvent cleaner needs to be completely removed after cleaning to prevent contamination, which can thin out lubrication and detract from the functioning of mechanical parts.
Not taking the time to disassemble industrial couplers during inspections
A thorough inspection of coupling parts should involve looking at every single component and part. For the best inspection, it's necessary to completely disassemble industrial couplers.
If you're just looking at exterior parts during coupler inspection, you're not doing the job justice, and you're probably going to be paying for it down the road. If any part of your coupler assemblies needs replacement or repair, you need to know about it right away.
It's therefore important to at least occasionally perform a complete inspection that involves disassembly of the coupler.
Failing to replace couplers when necessary
Don't procrastinate about replacing couplers. Wear and tear on couplers means that they're not functioning as efficiently as they should and could create problems for other mechanical components of your industrial equipment if they're not replaced.
By promptly replacing couplers when necessary, you'll prevent downtime at your facility and prevent costly repairs that could negatively impact your bottom line.