Next Thursday is the Fourth of July, a time to spend with family and friends with cold drinks, hot dogs, and fireworks. But because the holiday falls on a Thursday, many workers, offices, and job shops are turning Independence Day into Independence Long Weekend. For many small- and medium-sized job shops, the long weekend can mean serious down time for expensive CNC machines. How can management assure their equipment receives proper maintenance?
Mitsubishi Electric Automation (MEAU) has released a four-step plan for factories that may want to get in some maintenance before the long weekend. The check-up tips will help factory owners keep their machines performing at top efficiency, while lowering the chances of repairs that shut down production lines.
“Preventing failures should always be a priority. One of the best times to be proactive is prior to an extended shutdown,” Russell Pobutkiewicz, MEAU technical service and support project manager
- Check all battery levels, and order replacements if batteries are low.
- Inspect cooling fans, and replace those that have become rundown or are performing below standard.
- Inspect heat sinks to make sure they are clean and properly managing thermal transfer.
- Perform a full memory backup. MEAU advises using the cloud so data is accessible anywhere.
MEAU also advocates calling in a specialist if you have any doubts about your ability to properly check and perform maintenance on your equipment.
Get those machine tools checked out and enjoy your Fourth!