Industrial machinery repair can be a costly and time-consuming undertaking. The worst part is that it can happen at any time, and Murphy’s law will say that your machine will breakdown at the moment where it most inconveniences you and your business. Whilst we offer both regular maintenance and repair services – we want to make sure your machine is running optimally and you’re keeping it in tip-top condition on a day-to-day basis. So, for today’s blog, we’re going to be taking a look at some fundamental self-maintenance tips you can follow to keep your fabrication machine running like new.

Ensure it’s clean

One of the biggest causes of machine breakdowns is dust, dirt, grime and other general nasty substances building up over time in various parts of the machine. These can cause minor to major issues within machines depending on where the build-up is. For example, a laser cutters’ optics must be spotless at all times to ensure maximum efficiency.

Luckily, this is something that can easily be prevented with a simple cleaning routine. Give the machine a look-over at the end of each day and clean any visible dirt. Even if there’s nothing very visible you should still give it a once over as it’s a good habit to get into.

Familiarise yourself with the manual

To really look after a machine, you must understand everything about it – really know it inside and out. Not only will this help you to care for the individual machine properly, but it will also let you utilise its full potential when it comes to fabrication.

If you’re experiencing an issue with your machine, then we recommend consulting the operators manual first as there may be a hidden piece of wisdom that could help with your situation. At the end of the day, what may seem like a major issue could only be something minor that you’ll be able to fix yourself.

Practise proper operational methods

Make sure that only qualified and trained professionals operate the equipment and that they’re adequately familiar with the machine. Depending on the machine, the operator should also be supervised by a superior. This is to mitigate any human error and ensure the best possible safety practices.

This also includes any changes that must be made to a machine – for example, with plasma cutters you should test the gas quality regularly to ensure there are no contaminants found. This can be done by putting the machine in TEST mode and blowing air out of the torch onto a clean paper towel.

Identify any issues early

If you notice any faults or areas where the machine is lacking, then don’t wait to have it checked out. Stop using the machine and consult the manual. If nothing can be found in the manual, then you should contact us so we may assess and remedy the issue.

This is especially crucial for any physical defects or damage you may find on the machine. We have years of experience in industrial machinery repair and can work onsite to fix your machine.

Schedule regular maintenance

Sometimes minor in-house maintenance isn’t enough, and eventually, you’ll need professionals to take a look at the machines and perform routine assessments. So, on top of these tips, you should get in touch with us to organise regular maintenance services.

This can go a long way in ensuring your machine lasts and operates at maximum capacity whilst also extending its operational life. By setting up a maintenance schedule with us you can ensure your metal fabrication machine gets the best possible care and runs like new every time.

Interested in industrial machinery repair?

Sometimes the day-to-day care you give to your machine just isn’t enough to maintain it in the long run and there’ll come a time where professional maintenance is required. ACRA Machinery is well-versed with all types of machinery repair and maintenance practices. Our experienced and veteran experts can handle anything from industrial machinery repair to casual maintenance.

As fabrication machine experts – we also stock an extensive range of both new and used sheet metal machines such as press brakes and slitter folders from several reputable and world-renowned brands like Jorns and Durma.

If you’d like to know more about our industrial machinery repair services, or the products we sell, then please contact us through our website or give us a call on 03 9794 6675.