Hi, my name is Trevor Hamblin and I have written this blog about industrial equipment and supplies. It's very important that business owners keep the necessary supplies and equipment on hand to run their operation efficiently. I became interested in industrial equipment and supplies after talking with my neighbor who owns his own business. I never realized how many different supplies were needed to run a business until he explained it to me. After we spoke, I started doing some research on my own and found out a lot more information. Since I believe this is important advice that every business owner should know, I wanted to write a blog about it. I hope that after learning about the industrial equipment and supplies that are needed, you'll also have a better understanding of all that's required.
If you maintain any type of small engine or pneumatic piece of equipment, then chances are you are well acquainted with the frustration of a failed rubber seal. When these seals fail fluids or air escape, often rendering the equipment useless or leading to a more involved repair. Avoiding the following mistakes can help you avoid a failed seal.
#1: Using the wrong cleaning fluid
Cleaning your equipment typically helps it run more smoothly and prolongs its life, but there are times when a cleaning can lead to trouble. This is when a cleaning fluid that acts as a solvent comes in contact with the rubber seal, causing it to weaken, break, or become sticky. What will dissolve rubber depends specifically on the type of rubber used to manufacture the seal. Generally, you want to avoid alcohol based cleaners or acidic cleaners, like vinegar. Contacting the seal manufacturer or looking in the owner's manual may also give you a more exact guide for which cleaners to avoid.
#2: Forcing things to fit
If you take apart a piece of equipment, whether to clean or repair it or in the normal course of use, take care as you fit everything back together. Rubber seals are often very forgiving, which means you may not notice if they aren't situated correctly once pieces are slid back into place. If it feels like you have to force something together or if the pieces don't seem to sit well together, take it apart and try again. Forcing something to fit over a seal can warp the rubber, which means it won't be able to form the air or fluid tight seal that you need.
#3: Failing to replace seals
Seals don't last forever and they will need periodic replacement. Inspect your machinery regularly and replace any seals that begin to look worn. Signs of wear include flaking or cracking of the rubber, a malformed or warped shape, or a seal that no longer forms a tight seal. If your machinery doesn't use a standard size of rubber seal or if the seals have been discontinued, you can have custom seals made for the equipment. This investment is well worth it, since otherwise you may end up with a more expensive machinery repair later. Often, a seal replacement is all that is needed to make something run like new.
With a bit of care, your equipment can last a long time with the need for minimal repairs. For more information, contact companies like Accurate Products Inc.Share
18 May 2017