Considering the global environment scenario, it is extremely crucial for all of us to be environment-friendly and save and nurture the planet for future generations. This is why, there is a major need, and emphasis being placed on recycling, material recovery and waste processing. Today, specific equipment such as balers, conveyor systems, loaders, screens, etc. are needed in almost any Material Recovery Facility (MRF).
Most of the recycling machinery can be rented or bought for a short period of time, as can be labour. However, baler breakdowns can lead to extensive downtime and long delays, therefore, it is difficult to rent a baler for a short period of time or as and when needed. Thus, it is a good idea to make sure that balers are equipped, operated and managed properly.
To keep your baler in an up-to-date shape and to optimise its efficiency, keep in mind the following do’s and don’ts.
- Regular Inspection and Cleaning – Like other machinery, even balers work best when they are regularly cleaned and kept free from dust and debris. Make sure that you set up a consistent schedule for inspections, cleaning and preventive maintenance of the equipment. Having said that, lay out a set of inspections guidelines – daily, monthly or yearly, for your maintenance personnel to follow.
- Planned Preventive Maintenance – Regular and preventive maintenance of your baler can assist you with identifying minor issues before they cause a critical breakdown. This practice will help your baler or compactor to last longer, with improved efficiency, output and performance.
- Personnel Safety – It is extremely important to look after the safety of your personnel when you perform any maintenance activity. This not only means making sure that they are safe during an operation, but it also means ensuring that the cleaning/maintenance/repair is carried out at regular intervals to prevent any safety-related issues during operations.
- Personnel Training – The employees operating your baler should be provided with proper hands-on-training on usage, maintenance as well as equipment and operator safety, even if your business uses automated machinery. The personnel must be responsible for regular inspections, maintenance and cleaning because poor maintenance can affect baler’s performance and lifespan.
- Vital Spare Parts Lifespan – Important baler spare parts can take time to be found and purchased, thus, don’t wait for a breakdown to occur before purchasing them. Ask your manufacturer or supplier to hand you a list of crucial baler parts and maintain an inventory of the same. This will minimise the downtime and help you sustain any losses.
- Hydraulic System – A baler’s hydraulic system operates under conditions of maximum pressure and high temperature. Thus, you need to keep a check on its operation at regular intervals. Maintain the oil regularly, analyse the hydraulic fluid, maintain and clean the operating environment and monitor the density/weight to make sure they are correct.
A baler is an efficient machinery that will give you years of beneficial usage if used with proper care but it cannot maintain itself. Call our experts at Orwak Compactors, if you need any assistance regarding the same – we will be delighted to serve you. Get in touch with our team at (03) 8792 9777 to know more.