When it comes to your industrial equipment, winter can be particularly devastating. Not only can the freezing temperatures wreak havoc on your equipment, but so can the ice, snow, and mud. If you don't take steps to protect your equipment during the winter, you could be left facing work stoppage and costly repair bills. Here are three important steps you should take to prevent your industrial equipment from falling victim to winter weather conditions.
Keep the Undercarriage Clean
If you're operating your equipment in the snow, ice or mud, you've got to pay close attention to the undercarriage. This is particularly important if deicing agents are being used near your equipment. You've got a lot of moving parts that run along the undercarriage. It's important that they're not exposed to the elements for too long. That's why it's crucial that you keep the undercarriage as clean as possible. While you can't clean the undercarriage every day, you can make sure that it's cleaned at least once a week. It's also a good idea to conduct a thorough inspection of the undercarriage each time you clean it. This will allow you to identify problems such as damaged hoses, etc.
Take Care With the Battery
When it comes to your industrial equipment, your battery is one item that you might forget about. Unfortunately, freezing temperatures can destroy the battery, even an industrial strength one. To prevent work stoppage caused by a dead battery, be sure to keep the batteries properly charged. It's also important that you give your equipment time to warm up at the start of each day. This will not only protect the equipment, it will also allow the battery to fully power up before heading out to work.
Check the Fluids
You know to check the fluids in your car, but you might not realize that you also need to check the fluids in your industrial equipment. Low fluids can lead to engine failure. The first thing you need to do is check the oil level at the beginning of each shift. You should also inspect the oil to see if it's dirty. If it is, it should be changed as soon as possible. At the end of each shift, you should wipe down the fuel cap and fill the fuel tank. A low fuel tank can lead to freezing if the temperatures get too low. If that happens, you could end up with moisture in your fuel.