If facility managers know how to get the most out of their equipment, they can give more time and attention to other matters. Also by keeping all equipment upgraded, FMs will be able to save not only time but money as well.
To get the most out of equipment with engines, they need to be up-to-date. With proper knowledge and scheduled attendance, facility managers can avoid problems before they start. Understanding the best way to maintain your equipment will not only save you money in the long run but headaches along the way.
Facility Executive listed the basic steps all FMs should know to maintain and get the most out of their equipment, such as skid steers, forklifts, busses, generators, water pumps, tractors, and more.
Equipment that collects dirt will not only work less efficiently, but it will have a shorter life span than equipment that is cleaned regularly. This is especially true in places with extreme climates. Harsh winters – due to the materials used to help with extreme conditions, such as road salt during the winter – can beat up equipment and take life off of them. A well-planned cleaning protocol can lengthen the lifespan of equipment and keep its efficiency at the top.
Go for slow
Having powerful equipment in your grasp can be exhilarating, but the more you push it, the less life you will get out of it. Instead of revving an engine up and changing gears quickly, go for the slow approach, and appreciate how much more life you get out of your equipment – John Clifford managing partner at Big Bear Engine Company advises.
Keep it up-to-date
A great way to get the most out of your equipment and your engines is to make sure that you have them updated with newer pieces, starting with up-to-date air intake systems. Having an updated flow kit will allow your engine to work with more power with less effort. Newer air kits are better at drawing in air and condensing it, and the more compressed the air is, the more power the engine can produce – the expert points out. After upgrading your intake system one of the first things to consider is changing your fuel injectors. New fuel injectors will allow more fuel to reach the engine allowing the air intake valves to do their job that much better.
Look out for the exhaust system
Your equipment isn’t fully up to date unless you have the proper exhaust system to go with it. This is not to minimize the noise of your machine but to make sure that the exhaust flow of your system is working properly. This will improve the horsepower of your equipment and improve its lifespan of it – Clifford says.