How to Maintain Self-Loading Concrete Mixers?
Self-loading concrete mixers are a combination of mixing chamber and transport vehicle for concrete mixing and delivery. So it is multi-functional and can be used as a single unit, to replace multiple pieces of equipment used for these processes.
Being a multi-task machine, it reduces the labor required to half wherein the same person who moves the vehicle can also easily control the mixing process.
Due to lesser resources requirement and automated process, this equipment helps save a lot of time and money on the concrete mixing activities. Thus it is a more productive substitute for the conventional process.
Why Do Self-Loading Concrete Mixers Require Maintenance
To understand why this concrete mixer requires more focus on maintenance compared to the traditional counterparts, it is important to know what are the basic component parts of this machine.
There is a heavy capacity drum, which bears the enormous weight of the material which produces concrete. The concrete is discharged from the drum by a tilting mechanism. Collectively, these two should be flexible enough to allow a convenient concrete mixing.
This apparatus is mounted on a movable truck which enables its movement to the desired locations. The wheels of this truck are designed for a multi-terrain capability, mainly because the sites where construction activities are carried out, generally have uneven roads.
Self-loading concrete mixers are heavy and costly equipment. They require maintenance for the following reasons:
- To increase the efficiency of the machine and the mixing process.
- To prolong the life of the equipment and reduce the replacement costs.
Types of Maintenance
The self-loading mixers need thorough maintenance and regular care to get the best results. To prolong the life and efficiency of these, the following are the basic maintenance steps that must be undertaken:
- General Maintenance/ Periodic Maintenance
Various parts of the equipment can suffer damage due to changes in temperature conditions. So, it is important to ensure regular checks of the parts in extreme heat, extreme cold or humid conditions depending on the topographical conditions of the location where the mixer is being used. Moving parts of the machine require protection from jamming. For this, lubricants should be applied to the rotating wheel. Lubrication of the moving or rotating parts prevents wear and tear of these parts of the concrete mixer. It is equally important to use the appropriate lubricants.
- Daily Maintenance
The concrete agitator needs thorough cleaning to prevent the concrete from binding with the steel tank. This can be carried out on a daily basis or after every use. It is also important to make sure that the coolant and lubricants are replenished on time. Regular cleaning is also needed for the lubrication system altogether, which disperses the lubrication as required.
- Technical Maintenance
The technical maintenance is a planned maintenance. It can be scheduled at fixed intervals to keep the machine in good working condition. This can include inspection of the parts and functions.
Protection Against Overloading
This equipment has a specified maximum load limit clearly mentioned in its product manual. This limit or max capacity is to be followed strictly in case of concrete mixers. This is also pertinent because it has to carry out the mixing of heavyweight material. It is always better or wiser to load it well below the max limit to prevent breakdown.
Self-loading concrete mixer, though costly, is certainly a blessing for the construction industry. Its multi-functionality gives added cost advantage and efficiency. So, follow these simple tips for a good maintenance and improve its lifespan.