The Worst Offences in Waste Maintenance
Dirt and Mess
The term ‘keeping your house in order’ could have been tailor-made for baler and compactor maintenance. Many of the biggest problems when it comes to faults and breakdowns in waste balers and compactors could have been prevented by keeping the area around the machines free from debris. Not only can dust get inside the mechanisms that keep the machinery working smoothly but mess and detritus around the baler can lead to pests such as rats that can wreak havoc. Creating a daily, weekly, monthly and annual inspection routine and sticking to it religiously is the only way to mitigate against this scenario.
Failure to run Preventative Maintenance
Prevention is better than cure. Neglecting the maintenance of your waste baler or waste compactor is one of the most effective ways of ensuring that you will suffer downtimes and expensive repairs down the line. Regular maintenance will not only extend the lifetime of your equipment but also lead to the recognition of problems before they become extensive, costly and time-consuming to resolve.
Failure to Provide Proper Training to Operators
Keeping personnel safe should be a number one priority and lack of training is one way to place all operators in danger. But on top of this it will also lead to poor practice and the potential for damaging machinery, a lack of understanding of the importance of regular cleaning, maintenance and repair and costs and breakdowns will result.
A lack of Spare Parts
Spare parts for balers can take time to source. Waiting for a breakdown before ensuring you are well stocked in some of the more critical spare parts for your waste baler or compactor is one of the most common mistakes in baler and compactor maintenance. It always pays to ask the supplier for a list of the most important spares to keep in your inventory so you can keep downtime to an absolute minimum.
A lack of Understanding of Component Lifespans
As with the critical spare parts, major components of balers and compactors also have a lifespan. Failing to understand this and keeping a documented record of the lifespans of components, researching the cheapest and most reliable sources for replacements can be a costly mistake. A lack of organisation is a major potential problem. Make a list, include lead times, wear and tear likelihood, lifespan and prices to ensure that there are no costly surprises and you are not left scrambling for vital spare parts down the line.
Neglecting the Hydraulics
The hydraulic system for waste balers and compactors are put under great strain as it endures conditions of great pressure and high temperatures. This makes it vulnerable to breakdown should the operating conditions become less than optimal. One of the biggest maintenance mistakes is failing to check the hydraulic fluid, not analysing the oil levels and not keeping the area around the hydraulic system pristine.
Overall, balers and compactors are very resolute and hard-wearing but like any equipment, if routine maintenance is neglected they are susceptible to breakdowns, which not only leads to costly repairs but also downtimes and inconveniences to the daily running of businesses.