Keeping up with your mechanical punch press maintenance is vital, not just so that it conforms to health and safety regulations, but also to ensure that you get the maximum efficiency out of your machine.
The best way to maintain a mechanical punch press is to schedule a variety of maintenance checks for different aspects of the machine carried out at regular intervals.
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 and a basic instrument check. It’s also a good idea to confirm that the machine’s air pressure is within an acceptable range.
Less regular checks should be carried out on a weekly basis including assessing the oil level of the machine, as well as checking any arms and other moving parts for looseness or dislocation.
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, you should also 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.
Whilst some of these tests are precautionary, it is important to be aware of current safety regulations too. These include not using the machine if protection devices are not present, not using the machine for any tasks that it is not designed for and ensuring that all power is cut when an operator is leaving the machine.
By carrying out these simple, regular checks, you can rest assured that your mechanical punch press is properly maintained and will therefore reduce the risk of any accidents or break-downs that may otherwise occur.