Purchasing a new parts washer is an investment built to last you for years and a good parts washer maintenance plan can ensure that it will. Just like your automobile, machines require routine maintenance and cleaning to keep it operating at peak performance. Parts washers remove dirt, grease, grit, grime, oil, and other contaminants from parts and equipment to clean them in preparation for their use in manufacturing, assembly, processing, and packaging operations. However, the contaminants they remove do not simply disappear; it settles in the tank, hindering the machine’s performance.
A scheduled parts washer maintenance service plan will not only help your system perform better but will also help extend the life of your machine. Customers should service their parts washer routinely at the following regularly scheduled intervals: daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly. Given that, we have outlined a few general best practices to follow for each interval. However, please refer to your machine’s User Manual for instructions specific to your machine model.
Parts Washer Maintenance Schedule
- Check the water levels in each tank: Customers must ensure the water level is always full; otherwise, the heating element and pump motor may be damaged during operation.
- Clean any clogged spray nozzles: Clogged nozzles block the water spray, impeding flow and the machine’s performance. Nozzles are positioned in a specific direction to focus the spray pattern for optimal cleaning. Please take note of the nozzles’ spray angles before removing them for cleaning to ensure you place them back in their proper position.
- Clean out the removable filter/chip basket: Remove any debris caught in the basket from the spray cycles.
- Adjust the detergent concentration as needed: Improper detergent concentration levels can result in poor cleaning results.
- Run the oil skimmer: The oil skimmer removes surface oil and increases the longevity of the solution by preventing it from getting saturated with oils.
- Wipe down the machine: If any solution spills onto the painted surfaces, wipe it off with fresh water; otherwise, it may damage the metal finish.
- Leave the door cracked after use: Leave the door slightly ajar to prolong machine life.
- Check the oil skimmer container: Empty the oil skimmer container if it is full.
- Clean the tank and remove sludge: Sludge build-up can corrode the tank metal and insulate heaters, causing poor heat transfer or even burning up the heaters. The precise schedule recommended for tank cleaning and sludge removal varies between businesses and types of applications. The cleanout schedule is based on your tank size, cleaning volume, and the amount of contamination on your parts. You should clean the tank when it has accumulated more than 1″ of sludge at the rear of the tank. Customers can find specific instructions on how to remove the sludge in your machine user manuals. Please reference and follow local guidelines to dispose of the sludge waste you remove.
- Check all external hoses: Check hoses for leaks or weaknesses and replace if necessary. Check these hoses during a wash or rinse cycle to see if a bubble forms in the hose lining.
- Tighten wires, nuts, bolts: Tighten any loose wires in the control box. Also, tighten any nuts and bolts that may have worked loose during usage to minimize wear and tear.
- Check lubrication: For turntable systems, check if the grease cup needs to be refilled and grease the bearing base fitting.
- Check door gaskets: Check door gaskets for wear and replace if necessary.
- Lubricate parts: Refill grease cup; grease pumps and bearings to help keep them running smoothly
- Remove old grease: Oxidation reduces the service life of lubricating grease. Remove old grease and clean bearings to remove old and hardened grease, then apply new grease.
- Perform a complete preventative maintenance service on the unit. BE offers additional preventive maintenance plans to keep your machine in proper working form, preventing unexpected and costly downtime affecting your productivity and profit.
Regularly inspecting the main parts of your machine, cleaning out debris, and proper machine usage help you avoid significant maintenance issues later, extend the life of your parts washer, and protect your investment.