In recent times, trash compactors are increasingly being used by businesses and other organizations due to the growing concern of the environmental impacts of industrial waste. These machines enable companies to reduce the size and amount of the waste generated by them through compaction.
Due to the nature and quantity of waste generated, these machines go through wear and tear on a regular basis. Therefore, to increase the lifetime of the asset, companies have to expend a great deal of time and financial resources. In order to ensure a longer life-time of such equipment, it is important to ensure the compactor and all related equipment are kept well-maintained.
Here is a trash compactor preventative maintenance checklist:
- When you newly acquired your trash compactor, it is extremely important to inspect all the nuts and bolts during the first week of use. After the first week, you can change the frequency of said inspection to a bi-monthly basis.
- Remember to grease the lower door hinges and lock assembly on a monthly basis. This can be done with a needlepoint grease gun for precision.
- Regularly check for signs of metal weakening. If weak metals are found on time and corrective measures are taken, it will end up in a lot of money saved.
Tip 1: During the bi-monthly inspections, always check the hydraulic oil reservoir to ensure the proper oil level when the cylinder is fully retracted. Be sure to use high-quality hydraulic oil for optimum output.
Tip 2: The filter of the hydraulic system must be inspected and checked every 3-6 months in order to ascertain whether it must be replaced with a new one.
Tip 3: Change the oil filter after the first 50 hours of operation and every 250 hours thereafter. Modify this schedule if the compactor operates in hot, dusty conditions.
Tip 4: Drain and refill the reservoir annually with high quality all-weather hydraulic fluid equal.
Tip 5: Check all hoses and connections for leakage or wear and replace if necessary.
- Always ensure the power unit is kept clean and is free of debris at all times. This must be done to ensure clean airflow around the unit. Check for grease, dust, and dirt on the outside of the control box.
- Call a professional to inspect the machine bi-annually for an inspection to gauge the overall health of the machinery.
Tip 6: Have the electrical system inspected by a licensed electrician since that is a crucial part of how machines operate. Also, make sure that the piping for the wiring is inspected regularly.
Tip 7: Additionally, the motor amp draw should be checked regularly. Recording successive readings helps prevent failures in the future.
A lot of organizations have also started investing in Preventative Maintenance programs to ensure smooth functioning of the compactor. This ensures compliance with government and industry recommended safety standards such as OSHA and ANSI standards. Hence, if the above mentioned checks and procedures are carried out with due diligence, your trash compactor should be up and running for a long time to come.
Compactor Management Company (former Northern California Compactors, Inc.) offers installation and support services for waste recycling equipment such as trash compactors, balers, shredders & conveyor systems. Established in 1981, it offers waste management solutions across the United States.