General upkeep is required
Like any other machinery, a butt welding machine needs care for maximum output and longevity. Unfortunately, we’ve seen too many operations neglect servicing and worst of all, basic upkeep. It’s no secret that ALL machinery doesn’t like rain, dust, mud and rattling. On a basic level, the machinery should be protected from these elements at all costs. This is crucial given not only the remote locations, but price tag associated with some of the larger machines. With this in mind, we’ve made a list of some general maintenance items that should be cared for on a near daily basis:
- Hydraulics: Covered in a thin layer of oil, dust readily sticks to the rods and other parts, which can cause major hydraulic issues after time. These should be wiped clear of dirt and dust on a daily basis if possible. Perhaps not as frequently, yet just as, hydraulic oil levels and filters should be checked and replaced for maximum performance. For more information, each machine is distributed with the OEM manual for the hydraulic system.
- Mobility: Many butt welding machines have tracks or wheels for mobility. These should be regularly cleaned after every use, or at least before the next use. This is more important for machinery on tracks, as the dirt finds its way in-between, wearing and tearing from the inside.
- Electronics: Our manufacturing ensures one of the highest waterproof ratings possible (IP 67). However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t actively protect machinery during storms or any kind of rain. Keeping water off the machine, especially electronics, is a sure fire way to give it a longer life.
- Heating plate: The heating plate is critical to the butt weld and should be cleaned at the start of the day and as required. Wiping down with IPA on a cotton cloth is enough for basic upkeep, however it’s important to wipe it according to the standards you are required to weld too. Please consult ISO, DVS or ASTM for more information on butt welding standards.
- Facing tool: A blunt facing tool makes it incredibly difficult to perform a good butt weld. Blades should be regularly sharpened, which will ensure they not only do a better job, but last longer too. They are so critical, we even recommend carrying a few extra blades with you in case of emergency.
- Transportation: We know machines move a lot, and usually in remote locations with high levels of dust and bumpy roads. But just because the machine isn’t technically in use, doesn’t mean it’s not getting full of dust and rattling every bolt on the trip. During machine transportation, please remember to adequately cover machines and ensure the trailer/truck has decent suspension.
Worldpoly support machinery in over 100 countries, with a large portion of these lasting extraordinarily long times onsite. However, general upkeep and care helps make this possible. If you have any questions please contact our team.