November 10, 2021

PREVIEW: Construction Newsletter Issue #1

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5 Rules for Preventing Winter Breakdowns

With Canada and Alaska's cold climate, keeping equipment operating smoothly and safely year around calls for extra measures.

In this edition of Experts' Corner, we picked the brains of two SMS Equipment service supervisors responsible for keeping hundreds of pieces of equipment operational during the winter months. Service Supervisor Stephen Stanley manages a team of service technicians who maintain equipment in their shop, and Field Service Supervisor Terry Penner's team handles the calls from the field. 

Here, from Stephen and Terry, are five rules for keeping your equipment operating smoothly and keeping your workers safe.
Did You Know? In February of this year, Winnipeg set a new record of -38.8 Celsius, with its old record of -37.8 C set in 1879.
 

Winter readiness begins with a thorough tune-up in the fall. Bringing a machine into the shop for preventive purposes may seem like a distraction from an already busy schedule. Still, it's the only way of reducing the risks of expensive downtime and, even more critical, threats to operator safety. Changing to winter grease and oil, adding fuel conditioner, swapping KCCV filters, and giving all electrical systems a thorough check should all be part of the program.

Stephen: We're never sure where equipment will wind up, so we always prepare equipment for the worst-case scenario.
 

Komatsu Closed Crankcase Fuel Injection System Ventilation (KCCV):
Crankcase emissions (Blowby gas) are passed through a KCCV filter. The KCCV filter traps oil mist that is returned through the crankcase, while the gas, almost oil mist free, is fed back to the air intake.
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Rule Two - Equipment issues may be health and safety issues.

Rule Three - Routines are essential.

Rule Four - Make education a priority.

Rule Five - Compare the costs of maintenance with the costs of no maintenance.

Next steps:

Are you interested in chatting with our service groups to help make sure your equipment is ready for winter?
Our equipment is currently working in the most northern locations that experience some of the harshest cold climates, from Alaska, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and more. Find out how we can help keep your machines running in optimal condition through the winter season.