Honestly, it depends on the machine. But there are a few rules-of-thumb that you can follow that will make a big difference:
1. Regular Oil Changes
The number one cause of problems with most machines is old oil. Let us put it this way: Would you keep driving your car, day in and day out, for 16-24 hours a day without stopping for a tune up every once in a while? No? That's because your car would eventually break down and you'd be stuck. In exactly the same way, a machine can break down, leaving you stuck.
How often you should change your oil depends on how many shifts the machine is running:
1 shift = Change oil every year
2 shifts = Change oil every 6 months
3 shifts = Change oil every 4 months
Don't have the time or manpower to spend on oil changes? That's fine. Mac-Tech, Inc. offers a comprehensive Preventative Mainteance Package, which includes an oil change, regreasing, and more.
2. Degreasing & Regreasing
Degreasing and regreasing your machine is another essential measure for smooth production. As grease ages, it becomes sticky and dry, until it eventually quits working. Without fresh grease to lubricate your machine, parts can overheat and break, causing the entire machine to break down. If you're unsure of how to degrease your machine, or simply don't have the time to do it, give us a call. That's one of many services covered in our comprehensive Preventative Maintenance Package.
3. Flip Blades (Shears Only)
This last piece of advice is only applicable to shears, but we see the issue often enough that we decided to include it. It's important to flip and/or sharpen your shear blades at least once per year. This can vary based on your production output, but the idea is that you need to keep your blades sharp. Dull blades means less-than-precise cuts, slower production times, and more strain on the overall machine.
Preventative maintenance is one of the most important and more often neglected parts of maintaining your machine. We know you're busy running your business. That's why Mac-Tech, Inc. offers to do the work for you. For more information on our comprehensive Preventative Maintenance Package, click here.