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Vacuum lifter inspection checklist

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Vacuum lifters are high-quality control devices that allow solitary individual manipulation of loads. They are used to tilt, lift, and alternate loads of various magnitudes, from minor steel plates, countertops, doors, glass sheets, plastic panels, and stone slabs to weightier objects for heavy-duty industries. Some countless operators depend on these GRABO lifters to help with their everyday material handling responsibilities. It is thought that they are frequently scrutinized to guarantee they stay harmless, productive pieces of apparatus. Only by patronizing a reliable manufacturer are you well informed about some of these guidelines.  A few essential items on a vacuum lifter device can cause performance issues if it is not examined at a specific time.


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The first item on the list is the filter element. A filter element should be scrutinized every day by the handler. A new filter will be white. Immediately it turns black or brown, you should replace it. The filter element is the part of the vacuum lifter that is shielding the pump from damage. 


The second item is the vacuum lines. The vacuum lines should be examined at least once a week. If they are pinched or there are holes present in the lines, the hose should be replaced immediately. 


Next on the list is the vacuum pads. The vacuum pads should be cleaned a minimum of once a month. The vacuum pad should be cleaned with warm soapy water. If not, dirt on the pads will generate an air gap, and it will become a source of vacuum loss. Sometimes, it will become necessary for the pads to be removed from the hub, and the hub will then need to be cleaned. 


In the case of mechanical lifters, the diaphragm and the valve sealing disc cover should be checked at least once a month for any tear or cracks. If there are no concerns found, still lubricate both items with talcum powder and do this both for the inside and the outside. This helps enhance the performance. Be careful and avoid the use of any grease-like substance for the lubrication of these parts. There are many vacuum lifter manufacturers out there, but patronizing a manufacturer like GRABO will ensure that you are well informed on how to take proper care of your vacuum lifter and, in return, ensure the prolonged usage of your vacuum lifter. 


Precautions to take during bad weather


 


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Vacuum lifters are very versatile, and it might be tempting to use your lifter even during unfavorable weather conditions. Here are a few weather precautions. Try to limit the use of your vacuum lifter during these weather conditions.


Rainy weather 


Making use of your vacuum lifter during the rainy season is a bad idea. For adequate suction on any load, both your vacuum lifter and the laid needs to be free from dirt and moisture. You don't want a piece of expensive equipment like a glass panel suspended above your head to slip and fall due to wet weather. 


Winter 


Making use of your vacuum lifter during winter puts your vacuum lifter at risk of the relentless cold. Typically, vacuum lifters work well between 0degrees -40degrees. This temperature range is perfect for the cold weather; however, the temperature can be seen declining to below freezing during winter. If this occurs, water droplets trapped in the vacuum lifter can freeze, and this can cause a blockage in the vacuum airflow if you have been wondering why your vacuum lifter is struggling to get ample suction on your loads.  If the vacuum seal breaks due to internal freezing, you will be putting your employees or yourself at risk of harm and damage should the suction slip and drop its load. 


Breezy/windy weather


The wind is not only kinked to the winter season. But, when you combine the breeze with the cold and damp conditions of the winter season, then it becomes dangerous to make use of your vacuum lifter. Glass panels are lifted frequently with a vacuum lifter, and they can be easily installed without any hassle. But when the weather gets windy, the glass panel can be trapped in the gale, thereby making the installation a very difficult one. Make sure you don't use your vacuum lifter at wind speed above 17mph because this will put both you and your workers at risk. To avoid such problems, make sure to evaluate the weather conditions before using your vacuum lifter. 


Keeping your vacuum lifter safe


Ensure to keep your vacuum lifter indoor where it will stay warm and dry, especially during rainy seasons. To be on the safe side, regularly inspect and service your vacuum lifter. Ensure that lifted loads are not left unattended too. Every employee should understand these operating instructions for the vacuum lifter and as well as for the loads. 


Conclusion


A vacuum lifter can lift all the weight you want it to lift, provided that you are well aware of all the manual's instructions. A reliable and trusted manufacturer like GRABO will ensure that you are not blindsided and will put you through all the dos and don'ts of your vacuum lifter to ensure prolonged usage and get good value for your money. 

Vacuum lifter inspection checklist