Concrete pumps are one of the most critical construction site and construction project workhorses. As a result, it’s critical that all truck and trailer concrete pump equipment be checked and monitored on a regular basis for the safety of your employees and the general public. The best approach to maintain your concrete pump investment is to get it serviced on a regular basis.
Maintenance on concrete pumps saves time and money since properly maintained equipment has fewer problems and malfunctions.
As a result, you can keep your concrete pumps running and pumping concrete for as long as possible while lowering the risk of injury when using them.
Anyone who has dealt with concrete pumps understands the dangers of putting such huge machinery under stress.
Anyone who has worked with concrete pumps should know the potential disaster related this large machinery under high pressure. As we care all machinery, concrete pumps should be looked after and maintained throughly.
To help to increase the lifetime of your concrete pump and keep your pump running at maximum efficiency, Luton Group has come up with some key maintenance advice.
Luton Group can perform an annual concrete pump inspection.
First, we thoroughly inspect all structural and wear parts for defects. This includes Pistons, Spec Plate, Cutting rings, Stabilisers, Electric Controls, Hopper, Boom, Hydraulic Controls, and with all Pipework.
We will now observe the machine’s maintenance such as the water, oil, the lubrication of the machine plus other areas, to examine the condition and deeply inspect for any related signs of wear.
To finish the service, we will review the technical data of the machine and check the identification plates before we undertake a full boom inspection, which includes checking the frame, the guides and supports, pipeline supports, retainer hook, opening and closing speeds, and safe working loads. For more information about maintaining your concrete pump, please get in contact with us today.
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Why Should Concrete Pump Maintenance Need?
Concrete pump maintenance will enlarge working life with good condition, reduce the risk of working condition, and save replacement time and money in the future.
Only treat concrete pumps as a tool to make money and do not maintain them or insist on maintaining them with regularly. These two cases have a different life times for the concrete pump.
Among the all daily expenses, the replacement cost of wearing parts is the most because most of the parts are in a worn state when the concrete pump is working.
As a result, the consumption of wearing parts, such as pipeline tubes, wear plates, cutting rings, pistons, S valve tube pipes, concrete cylinders, mixer systems, and so on, is relatively high.
Electrical systems should also be inspected on a regular basis. Here are a few things to think about when it comes to upkeep.
The operator must follow the maintenance instructions in the instruction manual and create a maintenance schedule. The concrete pump truck’s failure rate will be reduced as a result of this. Concrete pumps with good maintenance will be safe and efficient.
Greasing & Oiling
Lubrication is considered the most important aspect of regular or day-to-day maintenance on concrete pumps. Operators should always ensure that they grease the boom once a week and perform a visual check of the boom and pipework.
Most concrete pumps are equipped with an auto-lube system that greases all sections that require lubrication automatically.
However, it’s critical to check the auto-lube system on a daily basis to guarantee that it’s always full. Operators can manually lubricate parts with the grease gun on the concrete pump if the auto-lube system fails.
Concrete pump operators should also check the water and oil levels in the wash box on a daily basis.
Remember to inspect the vehicle’s overall condition, including the tires and oil, as industrial use of a concrete pump can cause extreme wear to various sections of the vehicle.
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Maintenance of the Chassis
The chassis as we know has a significant impact on the pump truck’s lifespan. This is the determinant of how long the pump truck will work in the end.
The concrete pump truck’s stability is also supported and maintained by the chassis.
More importantly, the chassis serves as the power supply for the concrete pump truck’s long-term and uninterrupted functioning.
The chassis must be kept in good working order. When pouring, the engine and transmission were running even if the vehicle was not operating.
Engine – The Heart of The chassis
Through its connection with the transmission device and transmission system of the entire machine, the engine, which is the heart of the vehicle, provides driving and operating power for the concrete pump truck.
- Examine the engine’s oil level and condition.
- Check the engine’s coolant level and water temperature.
- Check the oil pressure in the engine.
Transmission System—The Aorta of The Chassis
The concrete pump’s transmission system consists of a gearbox, transfer case, and transmission shaft, which, like the aorta in the human body, distributes power to the driving wheel and hydraulic pump on a continuous basis.
- Check the wear and pressure of your tires.
- Inspection of the electrical system (lighting, indicator lights, stop lights).
- Mirrors in the rear view mirrors are inspected.
- Examine all of the guidance lights.
- Check for oil and gas leaks, and tighten the fittings if there are any.
- Safety devices such as limit switches and safety locks are inspected.
- Check that any moving pieces (such as fixed outriggers and booms) are in a fixed position before moving the pump truck.
Maintenance of Structural Parts
The alternating force and extreme vibration of the entire machine during the pumping operation may cause the structural parts to become loose or the welds to fracture due to the concrete pump’s poor functioning condition; therefore, the inspection of the pump truck’s structure is especially necessary.
If structural pieces become loose or break and are not discovered and repaired in a timely manner, catastrophic accidents can occur, resulting in machine damage or even fatalities. As a result, the operator must pay close attention to the structural sections when inspecting them.
Maintenance of Electrical Systems
- Make sure that all of the electrical system’s components are working properly and consistently.
- To avoid component damage, ensure that wires are completely insulated, especially bundled or strained wires.
- Check to see if the wire connection is secure and free of oxidation.
- Make sure your electrical system is properly grounded.
- Electrical component replacements must, in theory, use the same accessories as the original price. Replacement components must be examined for goods of the same grade and standard if they are needed.
Maintenance of Concrete Delivery Pipes
- After some wear, the supply pipe can be rotated on a regular basis. The elbow is rotated 180 degrees, and the straight pipe is rotated 120 degrees clockwise.
- Wear on delivery pipes must be checked on a regular basis. The tube should be replaced if the thickness is less than the specified value. This can be verified using the empirical hammering approach, which involves calculating tube thickness based on the change in the sound heard. Of course, using a thickness gauge to measure is the more scientific way.
- Use the original pipe fittings and do not add pipe once the boom is finished.
- Straight pipes and elbow bends from staff with a distance of fewer than 3 meters must be changed when the wall thickness is worn to.
Maintenance of The Cleaning System
Clean water should be used. Impurities in the water are very easy to block in the water pipe, especially at the connection with the water tank, and affect the service life of the pump. Filters and tanks must be cleaned regularly to remove dirt.
In the low-temperature weather, after the end of each day’s work, the water in the waterway system should be drained to prevent the water pump or other components from bursting due to water freezing.
To conclude, if you really want to extend your concrete pump lifespan, you follow the above-mentioned safety tips. In order to ensure the safety, reliability, high efficiency, and long working life of the concrete pump, regular and proper maintenance is necessary and crucial. Happy reading!
- Why Should Concrete Pump Maintenance Need?
- Greasing & Oiling
- Maintenance of the Chassis
- Engine – The Heart of The chassis
- Transmission System—The Aorta of The Chassis
- Maintenance of Structural Parts
- Maintenance of Electrical Systems
- Maintenance of Concrete Delivery Pipes
- Maintenance of The Cleaning System
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