Air Systems Maintenance Tips
Air Systems are a crucial part to mechanical presses and to a lesser degree to servo hydraulic presses. Safety for press operators depends on proper maintenance and operating systems.
ACB / Air Counter-Balance Systems
Air Counter-Balance Systems are a crucial part to mechanical presses. If any part of the air system is leaking or not functioning properly, it should be reported to maintenance supervisor immediately.
CB / Clutch Brake Systems
Air Clutch & Brake Systems are a crucial part to mechanical presses. If any part of the air system to the CB System is leaking or not functioning properly, it should be reported to maintenance supervisor immediately.
Connection Points & Drive Systems
Think of the leg bone connected to the knee joint connected to the shin bone connected to the ankle bone.
Control Systems / Electrical Panels
Press control systems should be designed for the highest safety for operators of presses. No one should operate a press unless they have been fully training and read the press manual and this Maintenance Tip document.
Gib, Slide Guides and Parallelism
The up and down travel of the slide needs to be parallel, precise, accurate and repeatable to extend die life between die maintenance.
HOLP / Hydraulic Overload Protection
Most presses today come equipped with a HOLP system that serves two purposes, to free stuck dies near BDC / Bottom Dead Center and to protect the press drive system.
Hydraulic Fluid Management Systems
This section applies to traditional Hydraulic presses and our Servo Hydraulic presses.It is critical that the oil in your press fluid management system is clean to prevent damage to valves, cylinders and all components that the oil encounters.
I-PRESS & Automation Controls
Personnel safety is paramount for any presses no mater what type of controls it is equipped with. I-PRESS & Automation controls are the most advanced 4.0 control on the market.
No matter what type of press and lubrication systems are a crucial part of keeping your press running smoothly and preventing major damage. Heat build up and the drive system and slide guidance can cause expensive downtime and repairs.
PMP / Preventative Maintenance Programs
Our PMP programs prove to increase press uptime and reduce maintenance. We document all press systems with photos and detailed description of status. A grade of Green-Yellow-Red indicator makes it easy for the end user and management team.
*Safety for operators and staff are the most important parts of press use. The eleven (11) systems mentioned above are all inter-woven into what makes up the press. Failure of any one of the above can cause unsafe working conditions or damage to other parts of the press. It is the employer’s responsibility to makes sure presses are in top running and safe condition.
While the following suggestions are based on Sutherland and general presses, your press may be configured differently but the overall suggestions apply to most presses.