What is a scheduled restoration task?
A scheduled restoration task is a complete overhaul of machinery or equipment that is performed on a predetermined schedule regardless of the condition of the equipment.
Scheduled restoration maintenance tasks are designed to bring piece of equipment or machinery back to its original operating condition. Unlike routine maintenance tasks, they are not focused on repair, inspection, or cleaning to simply keep things running and in good working order.
In many cases, restoration tasks are required on major pieces of equipment that should have a long lifespan if maintained well. The cost of a complete overhaul after a certain amount of time is less than replacing the equipment with a brand new model. The restoration maintenance takes place whether or not the equipment is malfunctioning. In some regards, these overhauls are performed to stay ahead of any major problems or breakdowns that could have a significant impact on a business or organization.
Scheduled restoration maintenance can be performed on a wide variety of medium- or large-size equipment, depending on the nature of a particular business.
A factory or plant may have certain pieces of equipment on its production line that require regular overhauls to restore them to their original condition. First, a maintenance technician will inspect the equipment by checking exterior conditions such as paint or rust and interior parts such as belts or pulleys that can be examined visibly. Then, a computer diagnostic system can be used to further check electrical and mechanical operations.
After a complete inspection, the equipment is completely disassembled, serviced, and reassembled so it is restored to near-new condition.
Scheduled restoration maintenance is ideal for mid-sized or large pieces of equipment such as excavators, articulated haulers, and wheel loaders. Small, compact equipment typically has a high resale value so a company may find it more beneficial to sell a used piece of compact equipment and buy new. In addition, replacing many individual components for a small piece of equipment can be costly compared with simply investing in new equipment.
Example of a scheduled restoration task
A construction or demolition company uses a wide variety of wheel loaders, which are versatile mobile shovels used to move material from stockpiles to trucks or around job sites. Small wheel loaders may have a bucket size of one cubic yard while large models can move as much as 20 cubic yards at one time. In many cases, these machines can double as brooms, lifting jibs, or forks.
Depending on the use of the wheel loader, a scheduled restoration may be in order around 12,000 hours to 15,000 hours. However, if the equipment has been worked hard, such as in a rock quarry, you may want to schedule restoration at the lower end of that range. In a lighter workload environment, such as waste handling, you may be able to go to the upper end of that range.
A complete restoration would require that the wheel loader is taken apart down to a bare frame. Parts are sandblasted and the equipment is reassembled, primed, and painted. In the end, the restored wheel loader is just as good as new or even better because the replaced components are often more sophisticated and higher quality than the originals.
How restoration tasks are scheduled
Restoration maintenance tasks can be scheduled easily with a CMMS once a determination has been made on the frequency of the tasks.
- Although some pieces of equipment can be scheduled for restoration at certain time intervals, most require a more detailed examination in order to effectively schedule restoration maintenance tasks
- Before scheduling restoration maintenance, you will want to examine the type of equipment being scheduled, the age of the machine, and how the machine has been used in the facility
- After considering these factors and industry standards, a maintenance supervisor or director must make the decision on the ideal time for restoration maintenance to be scheduled