Common Things that Necessitate Machine Repairs

Friday, September 08, 2017

Machines and all types of mechanical equipment break, even with careful preventative maintenance. Fortunately, you can reduce the likelihood of needing to make unplanned repairs to machines by following a careful maintenance routine. These are a few common things that necessitate machine repair.

Exceeding Capabilities

It is not uncommon for a business to find that machines that worked well when they were purchased are now inadequate for the job. While it may be tempting to continue pushing a machine beyond its designed capabilities, this increases the likelihood of mechanical failures. It may be more cost effective in the long run to upgrade the machine.


Improper or incomplete maintenance is a common cause of preventable machine repairs. Maintenance mistakes may include not properly lubricating equipment or failing to replace worn parts in advance of a breakdown. Checking pulley alignment and belt tension is another example of maintenance that can prevent more expensive repairs.

Electrical Connections

Modern machines are increasingly dependent on a number of electrical connections. It is important that these connections are kept clean and dry to prevent problems.

Warning Indicators

Many machines are now equipped with warning indicators to alert operators to a potential problem. Sometimes these indicators may seem like an aggravation when they indicate a problem but everything seems to be running fine. Ignoring warning indicators, however, can often lead to more expensive repairs in the future.


Some machines are used non-stop and never need to be stored. Still other equipment is used only part of each year and then stored for extended periods of time. Storing equipment improperly is a frequent cause of avoidable repairs. Examples of storage-related problems include rust or other moisture damage, as well as rodent or insect damage.


Operator training can also play an important role in avoiding machine breakdowns. It is one thing to be able to operate a machine, but additional training to help operators really understand how the machine works and what signs indicate a potential problem can help to prevent more expensive repairs in the future.

At Lowrance Machine, we have decades of training and experience working on nearly every type of industrial repair. This knowledge and experience allows us to offer real value to our customers, regardless of their industry. Our repair services include shaft repairs, thread repairs, broken bolt removal, and large/small part rebuilds. Contact us today at 281-449-6524 to learn how we can help with your machine repairs.