Whatever pneumatic system you are taking advantage of, be it truck brakes or industrial pumps, a careful approach to fittings maintenance can make a difference between a long-lasting system and an unexpected failure.
On their own, different types of pneumatic fittings used with custom plastic manifolds or standard system components aren’t complex or expensive. However, if they unexpectedly fail, the downtime, as well as the high costs of repair and replacement, are unavoidable.
Maintaining these fittings is easy; all you have to do is ensure a regular maintenance schedule. As you implement it, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
- Setting Up Regular Visual Checks
More often than not, spotting a problem with a fitting is easy. All it takes is a look in the right direction. That’s why equipment operators and users should perform visual checks before each work session.
A quick walk around the equipment is sufficient if the operator knows which spots are the most prone to wear and tear. All equipment users should have an idea of which components may need their attention more frequently than others. A visual check should be performed at least two times a day.
- Becoming Familiar With The Machine
A pneumatic system operator should know more than how to just use the machine, he or she should familiarize themselves with the way it’s structured. Each piece of equipment has certain weak spots and many of them are related to fittings. Some fittings and seals are simple consumables, which need regular replacement.
Even if you have custom pneumatic manifolds manufactured, you should still pay close attention to the fittings that go into it. They may need replacement earlier than mentioned in the maintenance schedule. A thorough understanding of the system’s “weak spots” can increase its lifespan considerably.
- Reading The Manual
Even if the system appears straightforward to experienced operators, it’s still important to read the manual. Each pneumatic system may have certain nuances that are easy to overlook when setting up a maintenance plan or basing your expectations on other equipment, even if it’s very similar.
Both system owners and equipment operators should pay attention to the recommendations made by the manufacturer in the manual. They can assist in creating a proper system maintenance schedule and help avoid unpleasant surprises.
- Buying Consumables
Having spare parts available for use is highly important to continuous system work. If, during a routine inspection, the operator discovers a fitting or a filter that needs replacement, waiting for a new part to arrive may be unacceptable.
By finding a manufacturer in advance and purchasing consumables for the weak spots in the system, you can avoid costly downtime and dangerous breakdowns.
- Setting Up A Schedule
Setting up a maintenance schedule is the key to proper system operation. Besides daily visual inspections, there should be weekly equipment testing, regular filter changing, and much more. All of the above can help you identify the problem before it turns into a costly repair or replacement process.
Fittings are an integral part of any pneumatic system. By maintaining them properly, you can prevent major system problems.