To ensure machines have longer lifespans and live up to their functionality, schedule maintenance checks must be carried out. Irrespective of the type of pellet mill, ensure there are proper physical, mechanical, and electrical maintenance procedures in place
These are some maintenance tips to use before and after using pellets mill.
Read the instruction manual
Too often, many people toss the instruction manual to the side and begin operation of the machine. Understandably, you’ll be eager to get things started, but an instruction manual is the manufacturer’s guide on how to use and maintain the pellet mill.
All maintenance tips should begin from properly reading and understanding the instructions manual. Every other maintenance tip lies majorly on how seriously you take this step.
What’s the right pellet mill material?
The two most popular pellet mills are those for animal feed and wood biofuel. Each of these machines have parts designed to grind the materials into homogeneous pellets.
For instance, when using a wood pellet mill, proper care must be taken to ensure other foreign objects do not end up in the mill. Proper sorting and selection should be done before placing the wood material into the mill. The same applies for any other type of pellet mills.
Scheduled and proper cleaning
The general rule of thumb is to clean up the machine after every use. Days can be set aside for deep cleaning, but ensure leftover pieces are removed from the mill at the end of every working operation. It is one sure way to increase the mill’s lifespan and improve its efficiency over time.
The electrical components should be dust-free and free of debris. This is to avoid short circuiting and poor contact of wires. Dust and electrical components do not go well together. So, use pellet mills in dust-free areas and clean off dust as quickly as possible.
Overloading is one of the leading causes of pellet mill breakdown. This is because amateur operators try to feed the mill with greater capacity of materials than it can carry. When the pellet mill is overloaded, it affects the mill’s engine. In no distant time, the engine begins to experience motor damage.
Pellet mills are manufactured in different sizes and engine strength. If production order has increased, it’s advisable to buy a larger pellet mill or increase the number of mills in the factory. The load capacity of each machine is clearly stated in the machine’s instruction manual. No matter how much it seems that the mill can take on a little extra material, refrain from overloading it.
Its ability to bear the extra weight would cause a ripple effect on the engine in the future. Soon, the mill would not be able to deliver its intended capacity.
Lubrication helps keep the moving parts in a machine functioning properly. There are different types of lubricants and each has their specific area of the mill they should be applied. Always confirm from the manual the proper lubricant to use for the pellet machine.
Proper maintenance is required if pellets mill are to serve their purpose. The instruction manual is always the best guide on the proper and scheduled maintenance procedures to take.
Pellet mills are amazing machines when used and maintained properly. They help reduce wastage, they’re efficient, and have a long lifespan. The tips listed above are just some of the ways you can get the best out of your pellet mill machine.