5 Ways to Keep Your Industrial Tools Well Maintained

5 Ways to Keep Your Industrial Tools Well Maintained

Your industrial tools are an investment in your business and in order to keep production running you need to keep your tools and machinery well maintained.  High end machine tools need to be regularly maintained in order to ensure they are performing and they last for years to come.  Here are 6 ways to keep your industrial tools well maintained.

Keep them Lubricated

Tools need to stay lubricated and you are going to have inspect them regularly.  If your tools are properly lubricated then you are protecting your motors over a longer period.  Regular maintenance will include oiling and greasing all of the moving part of all of your industrial tools.  Keeping them well lubricated will keep them working without breakdowns.  The level of lubrication in your machines can predict when they will breakdown, here is how that works.

Keep them Sharpened

There are plenty of industrial tools that are made to cut or slice and you need to make sure that the blades stay sharp all the time.  If you using a laser instead it is still going to need maintenance.  If you don’t maintain the tools you won’t get the accurate cuts that you need and you could bring a halt to your entire production line not to mention wasting expensive materials.

Keep them Aligned

Make sure that any precisions tools that you may be using in production are kept perfectly aligned.  A misaligned tool is another way that you can ruin production.  Test regularly to make sure the tool is aligned properly and adjust when necessary.

Keep Your Tools Clean

This may be an obvious one but you still need to make sure that your tools are cleaned regularly.  Set up a schedule to make sure they are cleaned weekly at the very least.  DIrty tools can lead to rust and that causes them to break down.

Don’t let Your Tools Get Overworked

All of your tools and machinery came with specs and limits to what they can do.  You can find all of that information either online or in the owner’s manual.  You need to be aware of things like weight limits and power output.  You need to keep them set to the right power modes.

As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.  In the case of industrial tools an ounce of prevention can mean the difference between a well-oiled machine or losing thousands of dollars in downtime and replacement costs.

Why You Should Use Pneumatic Tools in Your Production Line

Why You Should Use Pneumatic Tools in Your Production Line

When you are manufacturing your products the tools you use need to be in good working order, downtime costs you money.  Many manufacturers are choosing to use pneumatic tools in production, this has proven advantageous over other tools and for good reason.  Let’s Look at why you should use pneumatic tools in your production line.

Cost Effective

Pneumatic tools cost less than electric, they have fewer moving parts and you can get a more powerful pneumatic tool for less than the cost of an electric tool.  The advantage to having fewer moving parts is they break down less often that means less downtime in production and less money spent replacing tools.

Durability

Pneumatic tools are made from high grade steel and aluminum and not plastic, this fits in far better in an industrial environment.  These tools are made to withstand wear and tear and with fewer moving parts you won’t spend as much time or money getting them fixed.  Maintenance isn’t complicated and you won’t be left waiting for an engineer to come and repair your industrial tools.  These tools are also easier for you team to use, they are lighter and you will have fewer on the job injuries.

Ease of Use

Unlike electric tools you can use pneumatic tools even in areas where there is no power.  With a portable air compressor you can use pneumatic tools almost anywhere.  You can use your industrial tools offsite or at a client’s location if need be.  While portable generators allow you to take electric tools, they use a fair amount of energy and it would quickly become cost prohibitive.  The cost of an air compressor is just a couple of hundred dollars whereas a portable generator runs somewhere in the thousands.  This works better for you if you work on big construction projects or in a rural area.

Adjustable Power Ranges

If you need to use a tool  like a drill then you’ll find that most pneumatic drills have variable speeds, even if you have one that isn’t technically a variable speed drill you can control the speed by the amount of air you allow to flow. Most electric drills don’t have variable speeds.  They also use less electricity to run, so if you have 20 drills working at the same time using so much less electricity can add up to a significant savings.

The tools are going to cost your company less to buy, you have the ability to use them almost anywhere for very little cost and they are extremely durable at the same time.  This is why so many manufacturers are switching to pneumatic tools.