How to Know it’s Time for Hydraulic Brake Repairs for Your Cranes
A machinery-related accident on your worksite is the last thing you need.
Not only can this cost you business in downtime and unfinished schedules, but you can also be sued by injured employees and end up paying a lot of money in settlements.
This can also affect the injured worker’s family and the remaining employees.
So, to maintain high morale at work, ensure your employees are safe by scheduling periodic repair and maintenance of your hydraulic cranes, including the hydraulic brakes.
This can save your company a lot of money in the long run, as your cranes will always be delivering high performance and you can avoid unnecessary lawsuits pertaining to injuries in the workplace.
Hoist brakes form a critical part of the safety and overall functionality of your crane.
The high-speed side of your crane used drum brakes, magnetic disc or thruster while the low-speed side uses calliper disc brakes for service duty.
The latter are useful during emergency stops or when preventing a load from falling. They can also be used to stop the transmission from blowing. Some of the parts of the crane brakes that can be replaced include anchor plates, friction discs, coils, pads, and shoes. For safe and proper functioning of brakes, the brake pads should be working properly. This means that changing brake pads, which appears simple, can have a significant impact on the performance of brakes.
When to repair your crane’s hydraulic brakes
A screeching or squeaking sound.
If you hear any of these sounds when trying to manoeuvre your crane then it is probably time to have your crane brakes checked. The brakes are an important part of your crane’s safety and any problem with your brakes could significantly compromise the safety of operators and that of others.
The daily use of equipment causes it to look rusty over time.
This is often due to the wear and tear associated with intensive use without proper maintenance.
Moisture and humidity are also responsible for the rusty look of your equipment. Harsh weather conditions can speed up the rusting process, thereby leading to frequent machinery breakdowns. So, if you notice signs of rust, you might want to repair the brakes of your crane. You may also want to check other parts of your equipment, not just the brakes.
If your crane is no longer moving as smoothly as before, it could be a sign that the pads need to be repaired or replaced.
Jerking could signify a problem with the braking system.
You should have it checked as soon as possible to prevent any potential injuries.
So, if you see any of these signs, it could be because your crane’s hydraulic brakes need to be repaired.
Try performing a brakes test as regularly as possible to ensure all the components of the braking system are working as efficiently as possible. This can prevent potential accidents and boost employee morale in the long run.