Essential Maintenance of your Hydraulic Equipment

Hydraulic Equipment has to put up with a lot. They’re often used to do the very heavy lifting in any engineering task, such as lifting trains on to tracks or splitting troublesome nuts. When used in such difficult, grimy and sometimes dangerous situations, it’s absolutely essential that the equipment is maintained to high standards.

Even though hydraulic equipment is designed to be tough, it still needs care and servicing is essential. Without it, you could be storing up the potential of a catastrophic failure that could be dangerous to the environment, and more importantly, the operators.

Training

The most important part of any maintenance schedule is the people. It’s absolutely critical that anybody maintaining any equipment like this is suitably trained to the highest standards. Sub-standard or sloppy maintenance by an untrained member of staff could lead to failure and added costs. The savings made by not providing effective training for your staff will be lost with just one failure of the equipment. Contact Worlifts for details of our training courses.

Outsource

Of course, you could just outsource your maintenance, and this is an option taken by many companies. Outsourcing can be a cost effective way to ensure your equipment is always kept in top condition. Again Worlifts can help with this.

Choosing a company to perform your maintenance schedules has other benefits, too. For example, keeping up to date with regulations, new standards and maintenance tips can be a difficult task. A company that specialises in maintenance will also be up to date with all the latest information.

If you have specific makes of equipment, it also makes sense to choose a company that deals with that equipment, or is licensed to re-sell and maintain them. For example, Worlifts specialises in the supply and mainteance of Enerpac hydraulic equipment and tools.

Procedures

One of the most important parts of any maintenance routine is to keep to procedures. This is critical, because it ensures that if more than one person is involved in maintenance, they are all working to the same plan. Your procedures should be detailed and easy to follow.

Logs

Who did what and when?

Although it shouldn’t happen, if there is a failure then it’s important to know when it happened and hopefully, why. By having logs of who did what and when they did it, you can hopefully track down the faults. A log of all maintenance means nobody is left guessing and lessons can be learnt for the future.

What next?

If you’re unsure how to maintain your hydraulic equipment, don’t have a maintenance plan or just need training for your staff, please give Worlifts a call and we’d be happy to help.

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