How to Prepare During the Offseason

Oct. 01, 2018

Winter is on its way!

That means, for many crushing plants, the end of the season is in sight. Just as the beginning of crushing season involves preparation, planning, and set up, the end of the season involves its own series of tasks.

In order to maximize your crushing plant efficiency, we’ve gathered a few considerations to make as you prepare for the end of the season. 

Perform Oil Sampling

To ensure continued functionality, prepare for the end of the season by performing sampling on all crushing equipment, including conveyor reducers and other gearboxes pertinent to your operation.

Complete Wear Material Inspections

The end of the season offers a good opportunity to inspect crushing components for wear.

Inspect cone liners and jaw dies, for available life and seating surface damage. This would include conveyor head pulley and tail pulley condition.

Plan for Crusher Rebuilding

Crushers will eventually need to be rebuilt or replaced. The end of the season offers a good chance to plan ahead so that it doesn’t blindside you in the spring when operations are set to get started. 

Here’s how to manage the crusher:

Consider Its Current Life

Although your crusher seems to be working properly, it is still important to perform an internal inspection yearly. This is especially important the older your equipment gets. Recording yearly inspections

Perform a Yearly Inspection

The end of the season is a great time to do an internal inspection, and is highly recommended.

To minimize costs, think about scheduling an inspection during a liner change. Getting a good inspection will help you plan for the future.

Perform Regular Rebuilds

Generally, five years is an acceptable timeframe for teardowns, but most manufacturers recommend yearly internal inspections.

A few tips for this:

Monitor your crusher’s “EKGs”. This includes operating levels of gallons per minute (GPM), pressure, and temperature of lubrication oil.

Monitor coast-down time. The coast-down time will increase after a rebuild, peak, and then decline. When the coast-down time has peaked and declined to match its initial rate, it’s likely time for another rebuild.

 Clean Up the Plant Area

Lastly, preparing for the end of the crushing season means cleaning up the plant area.

Fortunately, most crushing plants tend to do well in terms of site cleanup, because these factors are generally more obvious in terms of the risks they pose. 

  • Check for build-up of material around rotating equipment to prevent freezing.
  • Confirm all water lines have been drained at the end of each shift.
  • Prepare oil reservoirs to prevent against rust and contaminations.

 

Get Ready for the End of the Season

Winter is coming, get a head start on preparation! Following these recommendations will allow your crushing plant to function at a higher efficiency with a better bottom line. 

At Mellott, we offer inspections and equipment servicing to ensure that you’ll be running at optimum efficiency when it matters most.  To be prepared as your season winds down, get in touch with us at 800.634.5634 or visit our website, www.mellottcompany.com, to learn more.

 

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