The Engineers Guide to Essential Maintenance
Maintenance is an essential part of any machining process, but it can often get over looked during busy periods and on tight budgets. Having said this, the importance of even basic maintenance practices are essential for the longevity of machine components and the reduction of unnecessary costs due to down-time and early part replacement.
Well over 50% of all premature bearing failures can be attributed to incorrect maintenance, Not only this, but workers are 28% more likely to have an accident performing reactive maintenance over planned maintenance. This should give you an idea of the importance that planned maintenance practices carry throughout all machinery parts.
With the help of our Bearings and Maintenance Product Manager, Clive Simkins; we have put together what we think is the essential checklist for your maintenance cupboard!
The TMIC 7-28 Bearing Puller helps to remove bearings without causing damage. The TMIC is designed for applications with limited space behind the bearing by to dismount from housings where the fit is on the outer ring. Suitable for bearing bores between 7-28mm.
Using the correct fitting tool is safer and helps to prevent premature bearing failures. The TMFT 36 caters for bearings with bore diameters from 10-55mm.
The TMIP Puller can help to reduce dismounting time as extractors can be easily fitted to the inner ring in one action, providing a high puller force from behind the bearing. Suitable for bearings in housings with bores between 30-60mm.
Combi kits allow for quick mounting and dismounting. The TMMK 36 caters for bearings with bore diameters from 10-55mm.
Lubrication is one of the most important maintenance practices for engineers and it can also be the most looked over. SKF automatic lubricators can last for up to 12 months depending on how much grease is needed and can be left until it needs replacing.
Belts & Pulleys
The TKBA 40 fits in to the grooves of the V-belt pulley using powerful magnets making it easy to attach. This tool uses lasers to detect misalignment, detecting whether it is horizontal, vertical, parallel or a combination of all three.
The TKBA pulley and sprocket alignment tool uses lasers to allow the user to see vertical angle misalignment. This done by attaching to the outside face of either pulley or sprocket. Available with either 3m or 6m usage distance.
This alignment tool makes it easy to align belts by using lasers that attach. to the front or lateral faces of the pulley.
Perfect for on-site belt support. Including fabric measuring tape, groove gauges, silver ink pen and OPTIKRIK tension gauges. Perfect for the maintenance and replacement of belts.
Using a chain wear gauge takes little to no time and can indicate whether your chain needs changing or not. This saves chain jumping and prematurely worn sprockets. Available in ISO sizes 8B-16B, 40-60, 100 & 120.
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