Predictable Uptime: The importance of routine inspections for impact crushers
What to Look for
- High amp draw: Any increase in amps can signal a potential problem such as the bearings needing replacement or a loose hammer or blow bar moving and dragging on the crusher wall.
- Vibration: Any vibration needs to be checked, and can indicate worn bearings, loose hammers, or rotor wear, meaning the rotor is out of balance.
- Unusual noise: The best person to notice an unusual noise is the daily operator. A howl could indicate worn bearings; screeches, grating, and grinding could mean something is loose.
- High bearing temperature: If the bearing temperature is higher than the preferred range of 140 to 150 degrees F, it may indicate over greasing or worn bearings.
- Uneven wear in the crusher: Material not feeding correctly due to a jam could create uneven wear. Check for foreign material in the crushing chamber such as rebar or wire mesh.
About the author: Jim Schreiner is the marketing manager for Telsmith, Inc. He
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