Maintaining your Evolution Rotacaster
An Evolution Rotacaster may just be the simplest machine you ever have to look after
Your maintenance team is going to want to know how to look after your lovely new Evolution Rotacaster. The rulebook is simple and can be summed up in two words - paws off! There's very little that can go wrong with these well-engineered machines.
The bearings are sealed and the chain is greased for life. Worst case scenario (excluding abuse) is a troublesome motor or a playful PCB. At that point, you don't want to void your warranty by letting your resident engineer open her up. Just pick up the phone and call us. We won't hang around about getting you up and running again.
But you really, really want to have a maintenance schedule? OK. If the machine is in daily use, once a week check that the bolts that hold the turntable onto the secondary arm are still tight. There's no reason they shouldn't be, but confirmation is no bad thing.
Oh, and you can check that the cage fixings are all as they should be, especially if yours is one of the many machines that we've built that are regularly moved from location to location. Fixings can rattle loose over bumpy surfaces and you want your operators to be safe.
The most important part of any maintenance plan is proper use. Balance your moulds on the primary arm. Tighten up the bolts again after any adjustments. Don't overload the poor thing (by the way, it will note that you're abusing it and tell us all about it). Oh, and our engineering team would like to point out that a clean machine is a happy machine. Apparently spilled resin don't 'arf clog bearings and sliders.
The oldest Evolution Rotacasters are well over a decade old and still happily running moulds just as they did when they were young 'uns. Of course there have been a few callouts over the years, but less than a handful have been what we would call true breakdowns.
One of the most memorable calls we had was when an operator failed to notice that the cleaners had left a metal broom propped up beside the primary arm, and then set the poor machine running to show it off to a new client. Neither broom nor machine were overly impressed.
Then there was the control panel that was 'nudged' by a forklift and broke off some control knobs.
Oh, we're not forgetting the secondary arm that had to be replaced because of an operator trying to save time by not re-tightening the holding bolts. That EVR really didn't appreciate running 70kg moulds day after day supported only by the adjustment lead-screw!
Rule of thumb - if you hear a funny noise from the rotacaster, first try checking that all of the bolts that hold the secondary arm and counterweights were re-tightened after they were last adjusted. Second, check that the mould is securely mounted on the turntable and there's nothing that can tap, rattle or rock in a way it shouldn't. Third, confirm that your lovely rotacaster is on level ground. Uneven surfaces will force the machine to try and twist its chassis to compensate. That's not good. Fourth, tell maintenance to make themselves a coffee whilst you pick up the phone and call us.
Evolution Rotacasters: Easy to work with, maintenance-free