How to optimize machine life

The average lifespan of industrial machines is about 15 years. But with the right maintenance and operating procedures, it is possible to extend the life of this equipment. In fact, some companies have been able to leverage their machines for 20 years or more. Here are some tips for maximizing machine life.

As with anything else in life, if you want to extend the life of machinery, it is your responsibility to take care of it. This means protecting it as much as possible, keeping it clean, and regularly inspecting these machines to make sure every part is working as it should. The machinery in a production plant are often your biggest investment, so it’s up to you to make sure you’re not literally throwing money away. If you are looking to maximize the life of your machines, here are some tips that will help you.

Provide for a reduction in harmonic distortion

One of the main causes of machine failure is harmonic distortion, often caused by electrical spikes. These usually occur when lines are struck by high voltage lightning which causes harmonic distortion. In order to provide input impedance, it is recommended to use line chokes such as Line reactors KEB. A single direct hit can be the primary cause of failure of expensive machinery, which, in turn, can dramatically shorten its life.

How to optimize machine life

Keep machines clean and maintained

Keep your machines clean and maintained goes far beyond the regular cleaning of dust, debris and chips from the floor and machine surfaces. It is essential to prevent a build-up of corrosion on all parts, but especially on moving parts which must be kept lubricated. Everything from mud to grease can cause excessive wear, which would also reduce the life of the entire machine. A single part can put a strain on the entire machine, so it is essential that you keep all machinery and equipment clean and maintained.

Regularly inspect machines

When it comes to heavy machinery, it’s essential to be proactive rather than reactive. Even if you don’t necessarily detect a problem with a component or process, you should perform a thorough inspection often. Stick to a regular schedule so that when a part starts to fail, you can repair or replace it before it fails. As noted above, the failure of a single part can cause a domino effect leading to the ultimate demise of the entire machine. As an old saying goes, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today”. Likewise, it is important to inspect these expensive machines on a regular schedule. Why would you wait for a system failure if it can be avoided with a small solution?

Machines can cost several hundred thousand dollars or more. It is essential that you provide harmonic distortion protection, which is easily achieved with a line choke. Keep all your equipment and machinery oiled and in good repair. Schedule regular inspections to ensure that one small problem won’t cause the entire machine to fail completely. You may have a busy workload with little downtime to spare, but it’s either that or being offline for weeks or months while replacing an expensive machine that you could have protected.

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