Trenchless Technology

SEP 2018

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W W W.T R E N C H L E S S T EC H N O LO GY.C O M 69 HDD crews to keep their eyes open as they 're going around the rig ," Slarb says. He described it as an inspection opportunity similar to the pre-lighting pilots do before they climb into a plane. "They can visually identify such things as loose nuts or bolts and monitor the condition of component wear points." Diligent monitoring of the rig 's components enables owners to sched- ule servicing ahead of time, before part failure, eliminating preventable downtime and lowering overall cost of ownership. " Keep an eye on hy- draulic components, the rotary box and bearing end play before it 's out of tolerance. Noticing something that will need service soon means you can order parts in advance to have them ready and schedule the repair be- tween jobs – instead of addressing the issue in the middle of one," Slarb says. O ne rout ine maintenance item that does have a manufacturer- spec- Productivity and reliability with minimal downtime and lowest cost of ownership of these machines for the most part simply requires following the manufacturer 's prescribed maintenance routines.

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