HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU SERVICE YOUR MATERIAL HANDLING EQUIPMENT?
Your material handling equipment takes good care of your operations. Whether it be to pick items from warehouse shelving or keeping your facility clean, it’s relied on to keep business running smoothly. But your machinery also relies on you to keep it running at its maximum level, which means you and your team must be aware of how to adhere to its proper maintenance practices.
Let’s look at some of the basics in servicing your material handling equipment.
WHY DOES MY EQUIPMENT NEED SERVICE?
Some warehouse managers are in the know when it comes to the importance of keeping material handling equipment on strict service intervals. However, some don’t think much about it if the equipment seems to be working just fine. It’s never a bad idea to remind ourselves of why proper maintenance is essential for your equipment and operations.
- It’s the Law: OSHA regulation state that regular maintenance is required for forklifts and other machinery.
- Safety: Planned maintenance can help prevent equipment related accidents that can result in an injury to a team member or damage to your operations assets.
- Maximizing Efficiency: A regular maintenance check-up can identify issues in your equipment that can impact how well your lift trucks work. This could be issues like fuel leaks, improperly fit bearings or fatigued lift chains. Catching these issues early with routine maintenance also prevents them from becoming large expenses if they grow into larger problems.
HOW OFTEN DOES MY EQUIPMENT NEED TO BE SERVICED?
This question is more complex than it initially seems. To simply put it, always refer to the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance guidelines. Every model of equipment is different across all the different brands. There are some factors that can be considered across all brands and models however:
The first factor is its hours of use. It makes sense that a forklift that is used 8 hours a day, five days a week will have more frequent service intervals than a truck used an hour a week. Though it’s important to remember that some issues can pop up no mater the average workload of your lift truck. (For example, the oil in a Class IV or V truck breaking down over time as it sits)
Next the type of engine in your equipment will affect its average service interval. Typically trucks with an internal combustion engine (Class IV or V) will need regular maintenance after about 300 hours of use. Compare this to electric motor forklifts (Class I) which tend to have service intervals of about 500 hours of use. Still refer to the manufacturer’s recommended guidelines, in case of outlier. These tips are just rules of thumb.
Lastly, the functioning parts of your equipment will require service that can affect service intervals as well. For example, floor cleaning equipment like a riding sweeper/scrubber may have a longer service interval on the engine than your forklifts. However, the brushes and vacuum can accumulate gunk and debris over that time which will hinder its performance.
YALE KENTUCKAINA IS AT YOUR SERVICE
Whether it comes to maintaining your fleet or fixing a truck to get back up and running, YKI can help! Our expert service team can provide a maintenance plan tailored to your fleet of material handling equipment, get the parts your maintenance team needs or get a technician out to solve your truck’s issues. Call YKI at 877-573-6467 or visit our website at www.yki1.com today!