Two weeks ago, we discussed the importance of preventive maintenance. Preventive Maintenance is also extremely necessary for electrical equipment. A great deal can go wrong if an electrical system is not adequately maintained. As electrical loads cycle between high and low demand, thermal expansion and contraction cause connections to loosen. Electrical panels that are never cleaned accumulate dust and dirt that deposit on these connections. The loose and dirty connections provide a high resistance path that are directly responsible for more than 30 percent of electrical failures. Another 17 percent of electrical failures are attributed to live electrical components being exposed to moisture. With a comprehensive electrical preventive maintenance program, both conditions — which account for almost half of all electrical losses — can be corrected.
*Thermal Imaging maintenance should be completed on electrical equipment every 12 months.
How Preventive Maintenance Saves You Money
- Reduced Downtime
- Increase Operational Efficiency
- Reduce the Risk of Expensive Reactive Maintenance
- Increase the Life of Equipment
- Improved Customer Service
With the failure rate of electrical equipment being 3 times higher for components that are not included in a scheduled preventive maintenance program, the benefits are hard to argue. We can plan maintenance in coordination with scheduled shutdowns to reduce downtime. Our electrical team is continuously trained and keep up to date on electrical codes and regulations.
We pride ourselves on removing the barriers that come with hiring multiple contractors. With all our trades under one roof, we control every aspect of your next project, saving you time and money.
Interested in implementing an effective preventive maintenance plan for your business or organization? We can help determine your maintenance plan and what your equipment needs.
Contact us today or call us at (888) 833-8776 to learn how we can manage your production with preventive maintenance.
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Lee Industrial Contracting specializes in the installation and maintenance of all types of industrial equipment, aiding in a variety of plant projects and industrial operations daily. The need for such equipment, maintenance and service is vital to the continued operations of many plants. Therefore, mechanical press rebuilds are a priority. The process for such a rebuild is intensive, but a capable and experienced contractor understands the need to follow procedure, ensuring the solution and continued function of your press.
The first part of the rebuild process is to inspect the equipment thoroughly. Examining the press will ensure that the team can identify the problem areas and come up with a viable solution and explanation that can be provided to the client. There are many elements that must be checked for damage, but there are a couple that are among the most vital.
The crown is the uppermost portion of the structural weldment and includes the cylinders that drive the ram motion. This element is made up of shafts, gears and bushings that if damaged or misaligned will create an issue with task execution.
The ram is the portion of the press that creates the pressure and movement of the process. It can move horizontally or vertically, and if damaged causes issues with the press cycle. Also, it is attached to cylinders which may be damaged resulting in speed, pressure and consistency issues.
Disassembly and Gathering of Required Materials
As with most press repair companies, a full inspection may require partial disassembly. However, once the issue is discovered and the clients have agreed with the plan of action, complete disassembly is likely, especially when one of the critical internal components need replacing. While a press is being taken apart, the essential pieces and tools are being gathered for repair and replacement. Additionally, if there is any welding needed to repair minor damage, it will also be completed at this stage.
Machining and Welding
Once all the necessary elements are gathered, an experienced repair team will begin fixing the damaged components by replacing necessary gears, shafts or other mechanical elements. However, sometimes mass-produced parts will not fit into custom presses or machines. Therefore, it may be necessary to perform machining tasks on-site to ensure the proper fit and function of replacement parts. Once again, welding will be used to secure essential elements and ensure the durability and longevity of any permanent fixture repairs.
Assembly and Testing
The last phase of the repair process is to reassemble the machine press and test the repair. While inspections have been performed to ensure the solution of the initial problem, reassembly is where this solution becomes more than a hypothesis. Once all components have been reinstalled, the repair team will test the press, putting it through a few different tasks to make sure that all repairs hold and that there are no other persistent issues. If any other problems arise at this stage, then the team will start the process over to make sure that your equipment works correctly before moving on to another client.
Mechanical presses are vital components to the continued operations of most industrial organizations. Therefore, when one breaks down, you need to find a repair team that will take the time to go through the entire repair process, from inspection to testing. While it is easy to assume that any industrial contracting company can handle such a job, why not go with a company with an established reputation. As a leading and recognized industrial contracting company, Lee Industrial Contracting has a highly skilled machine repair team. Contact a representative today by calling (888) 833-8776 for all your repair needs.
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Regular maintenance of equipment is an important and necessary activity. Maintenance covers many activities including inspection, testing, measurement, replacement and adjustment. There are two types of maintenance: preventive maintenance is planned and focuses on preventing future problems, while corrective maintenance is reactive and occurs when equipment requires service to be repaired. Preventive maintenance is all-inclusive to improve reliability, reduce the probability of an unexpected breakdown and extend your equipment’s lifespan.
Our equipment maintenance teams are highly trained and skilled to know the ins and outs of your equipment. Our knowledgeable staff is productive and safe, which means your equipment is in the best hands.
Maintenance can be a high-risk activity. There can also be difficulties in accessing equipment that requires maintenance and this may require work at heights or confined space entry. At Lee Contracting we always ensure that safe working procedures are followed. Our technicians prepare their workspace, complete any necessary safety documents, identify potential hazards, make sure to be equipped with the correct tools and wear PPE. Our safety department helps eliminate safety hazards. We continue to maintain safe, organized, clean and efficient job sites as the safety of our personnel and customers is always our top priority.
Our approach is to provide preventative maintenance for your machinery & equipment. But we know that emergencies happen, which is why we provide 365-day, 24/7 emergency service to those in need of getting equipment up and running. Our machine repair department is made of highly skilled machine repair, industrial maintenance and machinist teams ready to maintain and repair your equipment.
Call us today to receive a free quote for your next industrial project, (888) 833-8776.
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This is part 3 of a 5-part series.
Last week’s blog talked about the second step to a successful equipment relocation: Dismantling. This week, we are focusing on the third step: Servicing.
When your press is being dismantled, this provides a great opportunity to inspect, repair, and make modifications to enhance the press system. Taking this time to inspect the press can save time and money on the receiving end of a relocation project. Oftentimes, this may be the first time certain areas of the equipment are accessible since it went into production. A large part of the expense of equipment repairs or modifications is the labor associated with teardown and inspection.
Components targeted for replacement or repair can be dealt with while the rest of the machinery is being moved to its new location. Another reason this is a suitable time for repair or upgrades is that production downtime has been planned. In many cases, components can be repaired and reinstalled with the other equipment as a seamless process.
For example, during the dismantle inspection, it may be revealed that the drive shaft or the ram needs to be rebuilt. Discovering the issues now and having them rebuilt during this already scheduled downtime will save time and money in the long run. If the components are not rebuilt during the relocation process, the components will need to be fixed in the future which could cause disruption to production schedules. This would also be costlier due to having to dismantle the press twice to reach and rebuild the components.
Lee Contracting has its own in-house maintenance and repair department. Our highly-skilled machine repair, industrial maintenance and machinist teams can maintain, troubleshoot, repair and rebuild your machinery. We offer on-site machine repair or we can take your equipment to our fully equipped facility to perform the repairs.
Our machining team uses state-of-the-art precision manufacturing equipment for reliable accuracy and consistency. We also offer portable machining services that enable us to keep your downtime to a minimum as well as save thousands of dollars by not having to completely disassemble large machinery.
Servicing your press is an important step in having a successful equipment relocation. Taking the time to inspect your press during the relocation process can save you time and money in the future.
For a free quote on relocating a press or servicing yours, call us today at 888.833.8776 or click here.
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