Keeping up with your mechanical punch press maintenance is vital. This is applies with conforming to health and safety regulations as well as when ensuring you get the maximum efficiency out of your machine.
Did you read our blog that helps solves the common problems with hydraulic press brakes? If so, you’ll know that the best way to maintain a mechanical punch press is to schedule a variety of maintenance checks for different aspects of the machine. You must carry these out at regular intervals too.
The core functionality of the machine should be checked daily to be certain that it is functioning safely. This should involve checking key components for visible defects, making sure vital safety functionality such as power lights and emergency procedures are working as expected. It’s also a good idea to confirm that the machine’s air pressure is within an acceptable range.
Common practice also dictates you undertake a basic instrument check.
Less regular checks, such as checking oil levels, should be carried out on a weekly basis. It’s important that you also ensure any arms or other moving parts aren’t loose or dislocated.
Every two or three months, the air filter of your machine should be cleaned, and all operational buttons and switches should undergo thorough testing. Additionally, it’s a good idea to check any belts to avoid future problems. Any oil or lubrication should be changed at least twice a year. This includes transmission oil, sliding block oil, sump oil and any other lubricant or oil present. It’s also important to confirm that the insulation resistance remains over 2M.
Our Punch Press Process
We take our punch press maintenance very seriously at AW Precision. Some of these tests are precautionary, but its important to be aware of current safety regulations too.
Never use the machine if protection devices are not present. We also don’t recommend using the machine for any tasks outside its recommended usage abilities. We would recommend ensuring that all power is cut when the operator as left the machine.
Carry out these simple, regular checks and you can rest assured that your mechanical punch press is properly maintained. You’ll soon find that the risk of accidents or break-downs will vanish.