As temps continue to rise across the country, summer is in full swing - often translating into increased performance demand on your teams and their equipment. While it may seem counter-productive to put extra time towards equipment maintenance, performing regular service on your PM equipment is vital to keep them running effectively and efficiently, especially during peak production seasons.
Air compressors are by far the most important part of your lube equipment, as condensation within the tank will impact performance the most. If needed, a separator should be added to keep the air clean and dry.
• Drain air compressor daily
TPL Tip: An automatic dump is recommended to consistently decrease the overall compressor condensation rate. We offer two options: pneumatic (which dumps each time the compressor comes on) and electric (which is set via timer to drain at certain intervals).
Setting pumps to their recommended optimal pressures is vital to pump lifespan and performance. Often, users will set the PSI too high in an attempt to increase the flow rate - but this will only damage the pump over time.
Recommended Pump Pressure Settings:
TPL Tip: Diaphragm pumps are not designed to operate a PSI’s as high as new oil pumps. The average lifespan of a properly-maintained diaphragm pump is ~3 years. Primary maintenance of these pumps include emptying the filters and lubricating the spool valve at least once a year.
REELS & HOSES:
Reel spools should turn smoothly and with tension upon removal and retraction of the hose.
All meters - whether mechanical or digital - require minimal but important maintenance.
TPL Tip: If you notice a decreased flow rate, despite having set optimal compressor pressures, cleaning the filter at that point is the first step to diagnose decreased flow and/or volume.
For digital meters, having a set of replacement batteries is advised. The meter will flash for several days indicating low battery.
While it may seem counterproductive to put extra time towards equipment maintenance, performing regular service on your equipment parts is vital to keep them running effectively and efficient during peak production seasons. Check out our Parts Maintenance Guide for more.
Parallel to lube trucks and skids, businesses sometimes need a long-term (but not permanent) on-site, bulk-fill and bulk storage solution. For over 20 years, Taylor Pump and Lift has been offering solutions like this repurposed conex box to economic giants across the country.
Lube skids are staple pieces of primary maintenance equipment for a wide variety of industries across the country. In this blog, we address four common misconceptions about pump-based lube skids to create clarity and provide your business an informed choice when selecting the lube equipment that’s right for your business.