Spectroline leak detection experts discussed all things preventive maintenance during IFPE 2023. A well-thought-out maintenance plan that includes a leak detection process for businesses that rely on heavy equipment is essential to success. Without it, a hydraulic leak unchecked and unnoticed destroys efficiencies and creates hazards. Wondering if you are on this list? Major organizations utilizing heavy machinery include construction, agriculture, mining, transportation, oil and gas, and forestry.
Here are a few key points our leak detection experts touched upon regarding the real cost of not considering preventative maintenance in your business plan:
Equipment Servicing: Repairing leaks is detrimental to a company’s workflow because ignoring routine maintenance means leaving room for problems to build up. Without being proactive, time and energy are going to be used to locate the leak. While costs can vary depending on the severity, size, and location of the leak, this workflow slow-down and excessive money spent on system servicing can be avoided using Spectroline’s UV fluorescent leak detection dye. It is inserted into the system one time, using the required amount of dosage so that all you need to do is shine a Spectroline lamp to see every leak quickly fluoresce, no matter how tiny.
Fluid Replacement: Hydraulic leaks result in the significant loss of hydraulic fluid, which is expensive to replace. Not only is it costly to replace the fluid, but disposing contaminated fluid is also part of the cost, especially if the leak has not been found for quite some time.
System Failure: When a piece of equipment experiences a hydraulic leak, it most likely needs to be sent for a maintenance checkup. The downtime associated with this creates a domino effect, slowing productivity, using energy, creating stress among the workforce, and ultimately decreasing revenue along the way.
Environmental Damage: Hydraulic fluid is without question, hazardous to the environment if it leaks into soil or waterways. When a fluid leak creates environmental damage, there are cleanup costs and legal consequences.
Prioritizing a preventative maintenance plan is essential to the success of a business that relies on heavy equipment. This includes regular maintenance and inspection checkups so that costs are minimized and various risks are mitigated before they become serious problems.
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