March 9, 2023
You do your best to keep sensitive industrial equipment protected, but accidents happen — especially when dealing with the variable Rochester climate. In the event of exposure to snow, ice, or cold conditions. you may worry about the status of your prized industrial machines. Keep reading to learn what you can expect after your equipment is exposed — and whether you might need assistance from a technician.
No Machines Are Truly Weatherproof
Certain manufacturers market their industrial machines as being 'weatherproof,' but this doesn't mean that such equipment should be exposed to snow or ice. In reality, this term simply indicates that some machines are more durable than others.
All machines - regardless of their supposed status as weatherproof — should be checked carefully after they're exposed to dramatic temperature changes or any potential moisture. While moving these machines may occasionally lead to inadvertent exposure, you should never operate them in high-moisture conditions if they'll potentially be in contact with rain or snow.
Take Extra Safety Precautions
Exposure to moisture can prompt considerable safety hazards that must be addressed as soon as possible. Check weld leads and the ground clamp to ensure that they're in excellent conditions, as cracks are even more likely to cause problems if snow leads to moisture problems.
Address Temperature Issues
If exposure to cold conditions has happened recently, pre-heating may be necessary to ensure a more accurate weld. Extremely low temperatures can lead to warping or cracking. A lot depends on the specific materials, however, so your mileage may vary. When in doubt, check the specs.
If you are worried about whether your industrial equipment will still function properly after being exposed to harsh conditions, it never hurts to get insight from the experts. Our team at Rochester Industrial Services is happy to help. Contact us today to learn how we can be of assistance.