In fact, well maintained equipment can reduce unscheduled downtime due to equipment failure and minimize risk of accidents. Try these simple and inexpensive ways – offered by WD-40® Brand – to protect equipment, extend equipment life and keep facilities moving.
- Put Cleaning on the Calendar: Preventing equipment damage is generally easier and less expensive than repairing it after it occurs. Grab some non-aerosol WD-40 Specialist®Cleaner & Degreaser, which works well to clean away machine dust and metal shavings. Not only is the product non-flammable, but it is also water-based and engineered to be powerful, yet safer. It also comes in a variety of sizes including a 55-gallon heavy duty drum. If you’re looking for a quick drying product for electrical equipment, WD-40 Specialist® Contact Cleaner blasts away oil, dirt and condensation and dries quickly, leaving no residue behind. Always check with the manufacturer before performing maintenance on sensitive electronic devices.
- Inspect Equipment Before Problems Arise:Like cleaning, regular inspection of equipment allows for preventative maintenance and ultimately reduces downtime and expenses. Create a log of all equipment in use, including key points in need of inspection. The log should also track when inspections are done, who performed the inspection and how equipment faired on all inspection points. Most equipment benefits from a regular lubrication schedule, which takes us to tip number 3.
- Lubricate like a Pro: There’s no doubt proper lubrication is critical to keeping equipment running efficiently – and today there are even more powerful and effective options than those used in the past. Vertical surfaces and moving parts are no longer a challenge with WD-40 Specialist®Gel Lube; it sprays on thick and won’t run, drip or make a mess. For hard-to-reach spots, eliminate the need to disassemble equipment during maintenance with WD-40 Specialist® Penetrant with Flexible Straw, which has an 8-inch straw that bends and keeps its shape, making it easier to get into hard-to-reach places. The straw can get around corners and into tight spaces avoiding the time and expense of taking equipment apart during the maintenance process. Its fast-acting capillary action penetrates deep into crevices, threads and seams to break the rust bonds that hold stuck parts together. And it leaves behind a protective layer that prevents rust and corrosion from reforming.
WD-40 Company knows the importance of getting the job done right, and preventative maintenance of equipment is critical to this. By implementing these strategies, metal fabrication facilities will not only run smoothly, but also see results in the bottom line.
Learn more about how the WD-40 Specialist® product line – which includes lubricants, greases, cleaners and more – delivers superior performance for specialized maintenance jobs at wd40.com and download a copy of our facility maintenance solutions guide at wd40.com/industrialsolutions/.
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