How to Maintain Your Welder and Prevent Downtime

In order to preserve the longevity of your machines, maintenance is key. When a machine goes down, there can be serious ramifications such as halts in production leading to a loss in profit. This is why JTE has created a checklist that outlines the preventative measures you can take on a daily to a yearly basis to ensure that your machine is running smoothly. As a disclaimer, before any maintenance is carried out ensure that it is in a safe condition and that services are switched off and isolated. Always short capacitors and components to earth before touching. Never use wet or oil rags when cleaning machine parts, instead use denatured alcohol. Below you will find a tried and true outline for machine maintenance:

Daily Maintenance

  • Wipe the table down every morning
  • Keep the area around the machine clean from debris
  • Inspect the tooling for damage
    • (repair according to procedure)
  • Inspect buffer for damage
    • Repair/Replace buffer and table if damaged
  • Inspect ground shield and fingers
  • Drain the Water Tap

Monthly Maintenance

  • Replace air filter
  • Inspect feed strips and ground fingers
    • Replace if cracked/broken
  • Inspect Digital air pressure regulator for leaks
  • Inspect water bowl for cracks or damaged seals
  • Check inside air control cabinet for air leaks

Periodic Maintenance

  • Level tool holder
  • Parallel tool holder and Platen
  • Ensure all ground fingers are in good shape
  • Check for cracks or discoloration

Yearly Maintenance

  • Remove all panels and clean inside of the machine
  • Inspect feed strips and ground fingers (Replace if damaged)
  • Inspect bar or platen air pressure regulator for leaks
  • Inspect water bowl for cracks or damaged seals
  • Clean interior of generator cabinet
  • Remove and clean Oscillator valve

JTE also offers a comprehensive preventative maintenance program that includes adjustments to the machine, cleaning of surfaces, enhanced training on specific applications and a customized manual for ongoing maintenance. If you have any questions about our maintenance programs, you can visit our site to learn more.

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