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APR 2013

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MAINTENANCE MATTERS A Preventive Maintenance Checklist For K-Loaders Scheduled service should be more than just a quick oil and flter change. A loader has many moving parts that must be maintained to work correctly. By Kenneth DeVolpi, Matheson Flight Extenders his month I would like to discuss an important topic – K-loader preventive maintenance. K-loaders are one of the most important (and expensive) pieces of equipment that many of our companies use. T It is imperative that they operate correctly when needed. One way to help ensure this is to complete thorough PMIs on a properly scheduled basis. Many airlines and ground handling companies conduct scheduled PMIs with their own self-tailored PMI checklists. This helps to ensure that all important items are checked every time that the loader comes in for service. If your company does not employ such a checklist, you should start a checklist every time the equipment operates. A good source of information is the equipment manual itself; it can help you tailor a program that best suits your company's needs based on amount and type of usage, climate, etc. I want to touch on some key components that we've found to warrant close attention during a scheduled service and inspection. Scheduled service should be more than just a quick oil and flter change. A loader has many moving parts that must be maintained to work correctly. Lubrication is vital to keep many parts running smoothly without premature wear. Grease may be messy, but it is defnitely your friend. Important grease points include all pivot points for bridge and elevator scissors, steering pivot points and hydraulic cylinder-mounting points. Other places to grease include mounted bearings for roller shafts on both the elevator and bridge. Some manufacturers use sealed, maintenance-free bearings and some do not. It is important to look carefully for grease fttings and grease every one you see. Also, some loader models use Grease may be messy, but it is defnitely your friend. Important grease points include all pivot points for bridge and elevator scissors, steering pivot points and hydraulic cylinder-mounting points. Other places to grease include mounted bearings for roller shafts on both the elevator and bridge. PHOTO: Matheson Flight Extenders 20 GROUND SUPPORT WORLDWIDE • APRIL 2013

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