Proper maintenance of your hydraulic lift table ensures the reliability and durability will remain consistent throughout its lifespan. This maintains the efficiency of your manufacturing and reduces undue expenditures related to repair.
But you may be overlooking some key ways to keep your hydraulic lift tables working at optimal levels. The following will help you maintain your hydraulic lift table for superior performance.
Regular Cleaning and Assessment
It’s important that you remove any debris from the hydraulic lift table and its surrounding area. This will prevent any issues related to the mechanisms of the lift. Regular cleaning will also ensure that you minimize any issues related to wear. This includes proper care of the pins, rollers and bushings of the lift.
You should make sure that all spring pins are properly seated. You can do this by assessing the rollers, cylinders, and axles of the lift on a scheduled basis. Hydraulic fittings must also be checked for any leaking or cracking. Electrical lines and hoses can also be at risk for damage if not properly maintained.
Maintain the Oil
In some cases, cylinder oil can build up after repeated use. In order to prevent this, you will need to lift the table to maximum height. Take this opportunity to apply lubrication to the upper barrel. When hydraulic lift tables are used outdoors, they can be at risk for drying out due to weather, dirt, and debris. Even rust can accumulate if left dormant in poor weather over long periods of time. Bushings should be kept well lubricated throughout the year if this occurs. For extreme environments, try to implement a lubrication service every 30 days.
Test Vertical Position
If your hydraulic lift begins to lose its ability to hold its vertical position, you may need to address the brake system. Over time, manufacturers notice that the platform slowly moves down when in the brake position.
In order to detect any brake issues, operate your lift fully while observing its stability and any noises that may be produced. This indicates that a brake adjustment may be needed.
Hydraulic lift manufacturers will provide information and recommendations on how to service your table over time. Their data sheets provide information on the different components and systems that you’ll need to maintain.
In many industries, the hydraulic lift table is essential to daily operations. By failing to maintain it over time, you can shorten its lifespan, decrease reliability, and create safety risks. Upholding your lift tables is a cost-effective measure that minimizes future repair costs and maximizes the return on the investment for your business.