There’s more to performing an inspection than simply passing your eyes over your equipment. But what if you’ve never done it before? How can you be sure that you’re getting it right? What should you be looking for to prevent mechanical and electronic failure? Here are just a few tips for making sure that your equipment is ready to work.
- Start With a Visual Inspection
While you shouldn’t rely on a visual inspection alone, it can be a good first step when you’re looking for mechanical damage. Are there any chips, gouges or scratches on metal surfaces? Are there any leaks from pipes or coolant systems? Are the wires frayed? Have any of the circuits turned black? Pay attention to even the smallest of signs of disrepair; they can become major issues down the line.
- Go Infrared
There’s a kind of electrical infrared inspection that can detect problems in your equipment even when they aren’t visible to the naked eye. Not only are they thorough, but they can also be done even while your machines are in use, so you won’t have to suffer any service interruptions in order to perform your evaluations. This can be quite valuable if you see equipment downtime as the same thing as profit loss.
- Make a Checklist
It’s human nature to forget things, but when it comes to checking or testing certain aspects of your mechanical equipment, you don’t want to have gaps in your memory. The good news is that you can avoid this fate by making a checklist. Write down everything that you need to fiddle with on your machine, and make your way down the list performing one action at a time. You won’t forget anything, and you can record your observations as you go.
Inspections aren’t always easy or convenient to perform, but when they catch a problem before it develops into a full-scale disaster, they become worth the trouble and then some. Try to make a habit of inspecting your mechanical equipment for potential issues. It’s important to care for your work site.