Six Steps To Planned Maintenance
Lou Micheletto, warehouse products manager for Yale Materials Handling Corp., offers these tips for lift truck maintenance and safety:
1. Operate equipment following manufacturer guidelines.
- Proper operation of lift equipment will pay long term dividends.
- Understand the truck's capacity-never handle loads that exceed truck rating.
- Follow proper industrial battery charging procedures.
2. Building maintenance needs to be done.
- Lift trucks have no suspension systems. Every bad expansion joint in a floor increases potential maintenance.
- Stretch wrap and banding material left on the floor can wrap around a wheel.
3. Stop cascading failures.
- If a problem is caught early the repair may be minimal.
- Do the per-shift inspections and take action with problems.
4. Operational maintenance vs. crisis maintenance.
- Operational Maintenance (OM) done on a timely basis will catch minor problems before they can cascade into major problems.
- Do the OM based on the hour meter, not the calendar.
5. Use the right replacement part.
- Non-OEM parts may fit but may not do the job.
- All oils are not created equal.
6. Always use safe operating procedures.
- Follow proper forklift safety tips.