Routine Preventative Maintenance for your ProTeam Backpack Vacuum

Just as you maintain your car by getting a regular oil change, frequent preventative maintenance is required to extend the life and performance of your ProTeam Vacuum.

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Maintenance of the vacuum filters is vital to the safety of the equipment. A clogged/dirty filter restricts air flow and can result in a reduction of suction and vacuum overheating which would then damage the motor. Your environment will be the determiner of how often you will need to change your filters. Integrate the following tips into the cleaning routines at your facility:

  • Create and record all maintenance in a filter maintenance log
  • Cleaning professionals should check filters before and after use as well as every two hours of continued use to make sure that the filters are providing good air flow. Make sure that the pores of the filter are not clogged after it has been emptied. Always check for rips or tears and replace as needed.
  • Once a week, pull out the dome filter located in the bottom of the vacuum – shake out, rinse, and let dry
  • Every two weeks, inspect the HEPA filters – these filters should be replaced every 6 months or when they become discolored.
  • Once a month, hand or machine wash the Micro Cloth Filters and let air dry – Do Not put in the dryer.
  • The outer body of the vacuum can be cleaned with a wet sponge or cloth as needed.

 In the event that your vacuum does need to be repair, Pike Systems offers repair services and also sells Vacuum Repair parts right on our ecommerce site. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

New Generation of Advance Equipment!

As you take a look at your capital budgets for this year, keep in mind that nothing stands still. Everything is constantly changing and evolving. Nilfisk-Advance has been and continues to be at the forefront of cleaning equipment technology. New technology means higher performance cleaning processes that lower costs and improve cleanliness levels. This couldn’t come at a better time given the economic climate.

 

There are six keys to maximizing efficiency in your facility:

  1. Standardization of cleaning processes
  2. Simplification of processes, equipment, tools
  3. Mechanization – productivity enhancing equipment
  4. Training – We are not born with the knowledge of how to clean. We have to be taught the most efficient and effective processes.
  5. Balanced workloads
  6. Quality control – measuring and tracking the results

Mechanization is the single most effective way to do more with less! Pike Systems and Nilfisk-Advance are here to help you evaluate mechanization options and determine the best solutions for your facility. We offer a risk free survey and assessment of your current building and equipment. Please contact us if you’re interested.

Here are some exciting new things from Nilfisk-Advance:

 

 

Stay-Tuned for new updates as they’re made available! For questions or more information, feel free to give us a call!

 

Making Your Equipment Work for You

The only thing that separates good service from bad service is the support that comes along with it.  At Pike Systems, we look at the overall needs of your facility and match your facility with products that fulfill those needs.  We care about the products and equipment that we sell long after the sale is made. 

 

With an equipment purchase, we offer a wide availability of parts, a certified service team and all inclusive maintenance agreements.  In general, when you look at purchasing a new machine, you should evaluate the purchase on the basis of:

  • Warranties Offered
  • Cost of Repair Parts
  • Ergonomics
  • Ease of Daily Maintenance
  • Labor Savings

 

If you stick to this list when evaluating the purchase of new machine, you will be happy with your purchase for years to come.  The costs over the life of the machine can often be more than the purchase cost of the machine.  At Pike Systems, we would like to reverse that figure. 

 

We provide training on the daily maintenance and care of your machine in order to keep your machine like new for as long as possible.  At Pike Systems, we focus most on building relationships with our customers.  Our success is measured by our customer’s satisfaction rather than in dollars.  

Equipment Tips from Our Service Manager

Equipment Advice for Newsletter from Kevin Pierce, Service Manager at Pike Systems.  You can reach Kevin at service@pikesystems.com.

  1. When burnishing, always make sure to use a pad marked specifically for burnishing.  Even a white polish pad will not work properly and could cause circuit breaker problems if it is not marked high speed burnishing.
  2. When wrapping up a cord on a piece of powered equipment, unplug the cord first, and then wind up starting at the machine.  The wires inside the cord jacket will twist, wear and sometimes break if you start winding at the plug.
  3. Always dust mop the area before using an auto scrubber.  Debris caught in the squeegee will cause streaking!  It is a good idea for the operator to carry a rag to periodically wipe off the squeegee blades if needed.
  4. Most wet/dry vacuums come with cloth or paper filters installed inside the tank at the motor intake.  Make sure and follow manufacturer’s instructions and remove these “dry only” filters before using the machine for wet applications.
  5. Bonnet carpet cleaning works great to instantly beautify carpet, however, it is important to remember to extract on an interim basis to remove deep down carpet damaging dirt and chemical residue.

Battery Maintenance – The Optimal Life Cycle

90% of all floor care machines are powered by wet cell battery packs of varying voltage and power ratings.  It’s no wonder that they are one of the top maintenance issues when it comes to floor equipment maintenance.

 

Proper maintenance of the batteries in your floor equipment can reduce the expense of your floor maintenance activities.  But, how do you know if you are properly maintaining the batteries in your equipment?  Here are a couple suggestions that will help you get the most out of your floor care machine’s wet cell battery pack.

 

The average battery pack should last two years.  Of course, this depends heavily on the battery size, frequency of usage, and type of application.  Regardless, your objective should be to prolong the life of your battery pack through proper maintenance.

 

Regardless of the type of machine or the size of the battery pack, battery maintenance is consistent across the board.  Water levels within the wet-cell battery pack are extremely crucial to the life span of the battery pack.  Water levels should be monitored and maintained at the maximum fill-level.  Water levels in the batteries should be replenished after the batteries have been completely charged.  Remember to use distilled water when refilling your batteries.  Tap water contains impurities that will affect the health of your battery pack.  The improper watering of wet-cell battery packs is the most common error in battery maintenance.

 

In addition to monitoring water levels, check the cables and the top of the battery pack routinely for corrosion and remove it by scrubbing with a hard bristled brush.

 

The proper charging procedures can also prolong the life of the battery.  Batteries should be charged only after they’ve been sufficiently depleted.  This will actually increase the run-time of your floor equipment.

 

For more tips on maintaining your floor equipment’s batteries, speak with Kevin in the Service Department by calling 630-896-6373.  We’re here to make your job easier!

Efficient Vacuums Require Proper Maintenance

How many times have you heard complaints that the vacuum isn’t working correctly?  In many facilities, the vacuum cleaners are not working as hard as they could be.  This is a cause for concern because, in some cases, improper vacuum maintenance can cause your vacuuming efforts to be more harmful than helpful.

 

The number one vacuum killer is the failure to replaced paper filter bags. Sounds too simple to be the number one problem?  Unfortunately, the simple task of replacing the vacuum filter is often forgotten.  This causes the vacuum’s airflow to become restricted and in some cases causes the motor to burn out.  A good rule of thumb-if the filter bag is two-thirds full empty it or replace it.

 

In addition, keeping the exterior of the vacuum clean can also promote good vacuum maintenance. Once a week, wipe down the inside and outside of the vacuum.  A clean vacuum will receive less abuse for the sole reason that it looks newer than it actually is.

 

Periodically check the cord and the switch.  Often times, the cord is pulled out of the wall using the lasso method rather than by the unplugging it at the outlet which can cause frying. Always remind employees of the importance of pulling the cord out of the socket by the plug.

 

It is important to be aware of the vacuum height settings. Most people like to set the vacuum as close to the floor as possible.  This is not a good idea because it reduces the airflow of the vacuum.

 

For more tips on routine vacuum maintenance, please contact Kevin in the Service Department>