Balers usually play a key role in the operations of many companies. As powerful and efficient machines, they improve waste management by making materials compact, easy to store, and simple to transport. To ensure that your business does not have any problems with your baler, you need to ensure that it is properly taken care of. Use this baler maintenance checklist to prevent unnecessary delays.
Train your operator
Just like other equipment, anyone operating a baler needs proper training. Without it, you cannot have confidence in the function of the machine. In addition, proper training can ensure the safety of your personnel and equipment. Appropriately trained staff can be responsible for inspection, cleaning, etc.
Keep manufacturer’s manual on hand
Refer to the official checklist or manual, along with your baler is a great guarantee to ensure that it functions properly. When you are not sure about any replacement, cleaning tasks, or other required maintenance, the resources provided by your manufacturer should have the information you need.
Keep the machine clean
Just like any other equipment, the baler must be cleaned before use. If debris accumulates, complications can easily occur, leading to downtime, equipment loss, and even worse. Some areas to focus on include sensors, oil coolers, and debris storage areas.
Consider having a regular cleanup plan for areas that experience debris accumulation. This ensures that your baler will be ready for use at any time.
Check frequently-weekly and daily
Without a proper inspection, any heavy machinery cannot be used. It allows you to maintain a piece that you know is vital to the safe operation of the baler. Since an inspection is such an important part of the function of the baler, a large list of items should be checked every day. These include:
Wire layer cutters and other parts
Other items that can be inspected every week include but are not limited to:
Hydraulic oil filters
Cylinder housing areas
Bale wire covers
Bearings in the drive unit
Practice preventive maintenance
As with the first two measures, preventive maintenance can ensure the smooth operation of the baler. The various parts of the baler need to be replaced after frequent use. Specifically, before complications occur, worn parts should be inspected and replaced. This will prevent your business from falling into unplanned downtime.
Your baler manufacturer should provide resources to provide further information on the life of the main components that need to be replaced.
Oil maintenance plan
Since the oil of the baler is essential to the health and function of the machine, you should check and replace it frequently.
For the sake of assurance, you should also perform tests, or have an oil analysis company perform tests, on the oil. The test results will tell you whether there are contaminants in the oil, which allows you to pinpoint any problems and fix them before they cause further damage.
Stock spare parts
If you want to ensure that you never experience extended and unplanned downtime, then purchasing and retaining spare parts is crucial. If a part needs to be replaced and you don't have it on hand, you may experience a delay of several weeks depending on the parts.
Each baler may have various parts that need to be replaced frequently. You can check the resources you have provided, or reach out to your baler supplier to find out what the parts are.