Regular and routine maintenance of equipment can keep them running longer, and prevent costly unplanned downtime from unexpected failures. It can also ensure you are getting the best performance out of your system.
We have developed a handy checklist for your pneumatic system, to help ensure you are getting the most out of your equipment, and reducing the risk of unexpected shutdowns.
Preventative Maintenance Checklist
1. Check that the piston rod has not been damaged by material debris, rust, or corrosion.
2. Remove debris build-up on the piston rod to prevent nose and wiper seals leaking.
3. Check that the piston seals are not worn, which could be lowering the potential thrust generated.
4. Remove moisture or debris contamination from cylinder barrels that could damage piston seals.
5. Check all the pivots on cylinder mountings.
6. If the cylinder model includes adjustable cushioning, is it functioning to a satisfactory level?
Air Prep Devices:
7. Check the Polycarbonate bowl on the filter. Does it display any cracking or grazing?
8. Is the auto drain still working or leaking? Does the drain present audible leakage?
9. Is the lubricator delivering the correct level of oil supply downstream?
10. Do the pressure gauges still monitor output pressure or is it broken?
11. Is the filter element clean enough to prevent pressure drops?
12. Is the regulator maintaining optimum pressure? Does the relief hole display a continuous audible leak when under pressure?
13. Check that the open exhaust ports or breathers are clear to prevent ingress of debris from entering.
14. Check that the upstream filters are not restricting air flow to valves.
Solenoids and Valves:
15. Solenoid operators may slow down at the end of their life cycle – check that the speed of operation is still at optimum levels.
16. Check mechanical operators for general wear and tear. Replace if necessary – the consequences of failure can be dangerous!
17. Check that the exhaust ports on valves do not present continuous audible leaks.
18. Whilst machines aren’t running, listen for leaks through the whole system.
We have developed an easy to use downloadable PDF guide to help you perform routine maintenance on your pneumatic systems!
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