Maintaining all terrain cranes is a process of ensuring that the all terrain mobile crane is kept in a safe and good condition. The maintenance of the all terrain cranes is very important process, and if not carried out properly, the all terrain cranes will not deliver the expected results. In specific circumstances on the job site, the all terrain mobile crane might require more frequent maintenance because of the extensive usage. When the all terrain mobile crane is set up on a job site, the operator needs to make sure that the crane is properly maintained. There are several ways for maintaining all terrain cranes properly: preventive maintenance, breakdown maintenance and predictive maintenance.
Preventive Maintenance. Every all terrain mobile crane needs to be maintained on a regular basis so that any failure or defect can be detected on time. This will also reduce the safety and healthy risks when the operators use the crane on the construction site. For long lasting usage and effective results, it is important for the operator or the owner of the crane to have records of all daily checks, inspections, breakdown reports, maintenance work in details, or in short to have a full history of the crane.
Another important aspect of the preventive maintenance is the continuous review of all maintenance records, records thorough examination and inspection reports. These records are important for ensuring effective maintenance and detection of defects and worn parts. The preventive maintenance is carried out at specific intervals that are based on actual hours of operation of the all terrain mobile crane. However, this type of maintenance cannot be carried out by a non-competent persons. There are specific maintenance training courses, so those who are interested may participate in such in order to learn to maintain their all terrain cranes by themselves.
Breakdown Maintenance. Breakdown maintenance is a straightforward and simple maintenance program. Many crane operators are guided by the logic that if something is not broken, it doesn’t require repair or maintenance. Indeed it is a way to save a lot of money, but a breakdown of an all terrain mobile crane could lead to expensive project delays. Also, the repair costs might be extremely high if the all terrain mobile crane breaks down.
Predictive Maintenance. The predictive maintenance is similar to the preventive maintenance, but instead of relying on industry statistics to determine the maintenance intervals, it uses direct monitoring of the all terrain cranes. This includes checking the electrical and mechanical condition, the environmental factors and many other indicators. By following these indicators you can easily identify signs of potential breakdowns, and also achieve a good balance between low maintenance costs and unpredictable failures.
However, every maintenance method requires adequate equipment and personnel in order to be carried out in the most efficient and safer manner.