Repairs and maintenance can be frustrating when working in any sector, and welding equipment repairs are no different. However, no matter how much of an inconvenience, these procedures are vital to maintaining the safety and performance of your equipment. Since we’re big fans of welding here at Arc Welding Services, we thought we’d outline just how important this process is in our latest blog post.
It goes without saying that equipment of all formats, whether it be a car, a phone, or a welding machine, works best when it is well looked after. Your car won’t run smoothly if it’s 20 years old and you haven’t changed the oil at that time, and the same goes for welding machines. Competently checking your welding machine regularly, or bringing in a professional to perform the inspection for you, will allow you to monitor any potential issues and ensure that your welds are always of the highest calibre. The necessary welding equipment repairs should definitely be carried out by a professional if you’re looking for the best outcome. Due to these machines’ nature, it’s best to ensure the appropriate changes are made.
Safety is paramount with a construction process such as welding. The dangers associated with melting metal aren’t exactly subtle, but they can easily be overlooked. What’s more, these dangers are compounded by poorly kept equipment, so to be sure you are reducing the risks as far as possible – you must inspect your equipment regularly or call in a professional. Carrying out welding equipment repairs without expert knowledge of the industry and equipment itself would be a risky venture, especially considering safety. The aforementioned danger associated with these processes may lead to injury when repairs are not carried out with the utmost care and expertise.
Since we hope to be of as much help as possible, we have put together a list of a few key aspects that you can check yourself:
– Disconnect the machine from the power and vacuum the interior to remove dust, dirt and debris.
– Inspect and clean inlets and outlets.
– Have a welding gun and liner assembly serviced by a licensed professional technician each year.
– Inspect all cables, monthly.
– Inspect electrical safety equipment and ensure circuit breaks and interlocks are sound.
– Store the shielding gas cylinder upright in a cool, dry place.
– Inspect the regulators and valves of your shielding gas cylinder, to check for leaks.
– Coil hoses for storage, ensuring there are no kinks as these can lead to damage.
Although these points are useful to remember, it’s even more important to consider the potential damage that an ill-informed step could cause. Whenever dealing with specialist equipment, it’s best to draft in the specialists themselves – it’s part of the reason that the warranty on your iPhone is void as soon as you unscrew it and take a look inside. If something were to go wrong, it would be your fault and it is undoubtedly something a licensed technician would have caught onto and prevented.
Safety and maintenance can be tedious and frustrating, especially if you’re not completely clued up with the accepted procedures. It’s important to never neglect this, which is why we have outlined some of the key points to consider.