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6 EQUIPMENT 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM Equipment By Jerr y Pollard, Equipment Technician for Intech Equipment & Supply Don't Let Last Year's Spray Equipment Problems Affect This Year's Profits! Y ou've worked hard to bring opportunity and ability together, and now the busy season is upon us. For many, this means mounting frustrations as you gear up for heav y production, but you may find that your equipment has other plans. In an industry where equipment readiness can make or break your coatings operations, maintenance, or the lack thereof, plays a vital role in your success. It's time to take control of your spray system, learn how to increase its opera- tional readiness, and boost your coatings quality and produc- tivity above and beyond your competition. Here's how. Housekeeping First As fundamental as it may sound, the proper operation and maintenance of your spray system depends on the cleanli- ness of its components and the system as a whole. Simply put, a dirty rig w ill not perform effectively and efficiently over time. Here's why: Iso, resin, hydraulic oil, compressor oil, pump lubricants, air tool oil, and other common liquids used on a spray rig can be rather sticky by nature. W hen not cleaned from the equipment, these sticky substances attract dust, dirt, debris, and other airborne contaminants. en these contaminants increase friction and abrasiveness on pump shafts, seals, motor shafts, and other moving parts, lending to their degradation and eventual failure. Clean equipment is also easier to identify when a new leak or failure has occurred, and a clean spray rig reduces the possibility of dangerous slips, trips, and falls. Dirty equip- ment will mask the problem, so keep your equipment clean, and it will tell you when it has a problem. Fluids and Filters I drive a $2,500 truck and change the fluids and filters every 3,000 miles without fail. I find it interesting that many spray rigs, which typically run in the $75,000 to $100,000 range, receive no preventive maintenance at all. W hen your rig breaks, it should get fixed. Such a large capital investment as a spray rig should receive much more attention than my truck with regard to preventive maintenance. More often than not, this is not the case. Design engineers have specified particular fluids and specific filters for the proper function and protection of your spray equipment. ese specifications come with recom- mended change intervals to prolong the life of the equipment and ensure it operates at peak efficiency. Ignoring the fluids and filters in your spray system is the fastest way to degrade and eventually destroy your spray equipment. Keep all fluids and filters clean per the manufacturer's recommendation. If you are not sure what the manufacturer recommends, bite the bullet and read the equipment manual! Here are some typical fluids and filters you should maintain on a regular basis: • Fluids: • Generator: coolant, oil, and battery; • Air compressor: compressor oil (for electric and gasoline), motor bearings, and engine oil; • Proportioner: iso pump lubricant, hydraulic oil, and lithium grease; • Fresh air system: solvent flush per manufacturer's recommendation when needed to increase air flow; • Air system: drain receiver, filters, and coalescers (daily) Photos Courtesy of Intech Equipment & Supply

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