When it comes to golf, your swing will make or break your success. Players constantly analyze their swings for ways to improve. Many times it comes down to their follow through. And, it's not just golf. Follow through is important in many sports. In basketball, jump shooters focus on their follow through, as do quarterbacks in football. What does this have to do with high-pressure water valves? Just like in the sports examples, follow through is what makes the difference for a well-designed preventive maintenance program.
This is where most programs tend to fail because, as we all know, old habits are hard to break. Naturally, it’s much easier to leave machines running and producing dollars than it is to shut them down for routine prevention maintenance. But, if the program is allowed to mature and thrive, its benefits will far outweigh any momentary convenience. These benefits include decreased maintenance costs, increased productivity and enhanced workplace safety.
Ensure Your Preventive Maintenance Success
Here are four key ways to break out of bad habits to maximize the benefits of your valve preventive maintenance program:
1. Stick to the program Adhere to the program and on valve servicing as recommended. You may need to add frequent reminders for your workers to keep them from slipping back into old habits.
2. Control the cleanliness of the flow media For high-pressure water valves in particular, there is no better way of extending the period between service intervals than controlling the cleanliness of the flow media. Why? Contamination in the form of dirt or particulate matter is the enemy of seals, gaskets, valve seats and any other wetted valve component. These particles will cause premature erosion as they travel at high speeds through the hydraulic circuit or get wedged in close tolerance areas that lead to abrasion and scoring of surfaces.
3. Enforce a zero-tolerance policy for leakage The best way to prevent contamination is to eliminate unwanted access into the flow media. • If material can leak out of the system, then contamination can enter the system through that same path. • An organization that allows a hydraulic leak to go unchecked is destined to have a preventive maintenance program that will ultimately fail.
4. Focus on filtration Stagnant flow areas of the industrial valve can become clogged with contamination particles that will eventually fall loose as a mass of disastrous contamination. Good filtration practices will keep your parts from getting clogged.