Pneumatic maintenance is different from your typical hydraulics in that pneumatic components use air rather than fluid pressure. They also require their own maintenance to help keep them in prime condition. To know what to expect at an appointment for pneumatic maintenance in Minnesota, here are some of the essential tasks involved:
- Clean filters: Some tools and machines contain filters for oil or air. Wire-gauze and oil filters need regular cleaning using safe solvents. Once cleaned, they need time to dry thoroughly. Some main air filters also contain a paper or felt element that needs to be switched out periodically to prevent malfunction. During the cleaning process, filters are also checked for leaks, as trapped moisture can suggest other repair issues. If filters require replacement, that can be done at the time of the maintenance and cleaning.
- Inspection: Checking for corrosion, cracks, dents and other damage can prevent more serious problems later. Minor damage can be repaired, but once it develops beyond regular protective steps, it is time for the component to be replaced.
- Check for loose screws: Any loose parts can threaten the efficiency and safety of your work area. Checking for loose screws, and tightening them, will help keep tools and components in one piece and make them work better. Loose cap screws leak air, which also affects a tool’s power.
- Clear the feed system: With pneumatic tool guns, the feed system is the difference between getting something done and struggling with constant jamming. Removing debris will help the whole apparatus work better and prevent productivity-killing events that frequently lead to frustration in the workplace. Rather than using than oily lubricant, which can attract more dirt and dust, this is normally a dry cleaning using a lint-free cloth or pressurized air.
- Working with the air fitting: The air fitting normally needs pneumatic tool oil, and it is recommended that this step be taken every day with high-use items. However, if it has not been well maintained, it often needs to be taken apart, cleaned thoroughly and then oiled again to get it back to optimal function.
- Testing: Taking steps to test equipment after maintenance will assure its long-term functioning. Sometimes, cleaning will help reveal problems that a regular operator learned to ignore, but that will stand out to a repair technician. This expert opinion can often prevent future breakdowns or expensive equipment repair that frequently arises from waiting too long to make minor adjustments.
- Minor repairs: If the maintenance process reveals small issues, they can often be repaired during the same appointment. New screws, filters or seals are all examples of work that can be finished after maintenance steps are completed. But if there are repair issues that go beyond that, it is likely that you will need to set up a follow-up appointment.
M & M Hydraulic Company can get your shop on a schedule for pneumatic maintenance in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Call us today to set up an appointment.