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Efficient machine Hydraulic Systems need fresh, new, filtered Hydraulic Oil

March 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Maintenance TInspection / Press AuditMaintenance Advice – Annual New Fresh Filtered Hydraulic Oil Change

Hydraulic Oil is the central component of any hydraulic system.

If the hydraulic oil system fails, contamination is one of the major reasons!

More than 75% of all problems can be traced to contaminated hydraulic oil.

Freeman Schwabe recommends in its Machine Maintenance Tips as a minimum, new fresh, filtered hydraulic oil change annually.

More often if producing on a 24/7 basis or in an environment where contaminants are present. A new Filter should also be included with the hydraulic oil change. Proper draining procedures and disposal should always be followed. The hydraulic oil tank should be inspected for contamination and wiped clean prior to adding new, fresh, filtered hydraulic oil.

Freeman Schwabe can recommend the proper hydraulic oil for your die cutting press along with the proper OEM filter.

Top 10 Maintenance Tips and Videos of Maintenance Advice

Regular maintenance of your Freeman Schwabe die cutting press is critical to ensure the efficiency and longevity of the machine. Schwabe engineers share their Top 10 Maintenance Tips for hydraulic presses.

20 Benefits of Schwabe Planned Maintenance / Press Audit

March 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Schwabe OEM – Certified Technician Press Inspection / Safety Audit

Maintenance TInspection / Press Audit

Thank you to everyone for the comments / feedback asking for more information on the Schwabe Planned Maintenance / Press Inspection / Safety Audit.

Our Schwabe Maintenance Group of Technicians have compiled the comprehensive list of what is included in the Press Inspection / Machine Audit.

If you have any questions please contact Freeman Schwabe

Email:     or call  1-513-947-2888

Schwabe Press Inspection / Audit – Breadown of Tasks Performed


1.    Safety Audit: Checkfunction of all safety equipment/devices.

  • Guards in place with and properly fastened
  • Electrical interlocks in place and operating for all removable guards
  • Observe operators for safe operating practices.
  • Observe maintenance for safe maintenance practices

2.    Inspect level of machine.

  • For machines without positive stops.
    • Check center guide for visible wear
    • Check head rock
    • Look for binding during downward stroke.
    • Verify center loading/cutting of the press.
    • Check center guide for visible wear.
    • Check head rock
    • Look for binding during downward strok
    • Verify center loading/cutting of the press
  • For machines with positive stops
    • Check center guide for visible wear.
    • Check head rock
    • Look for binding during downward stroke
    • Verify center loading/cutting of the press.
    • Check center guide for visible wear.
    • Check head rock
    • Look for binding during downward stroke.
    • Verify center loading/cutting of the press.
    • When on stops measure distance from head to bed

3.     Check all hydraulic pressures.

  • Verify Maximum cutting pressure of press
  • Verify low pressure high volume settings
  • Verify high pressure low volume settings

4.     Inspect hydraulic oil and gearbox oil.

  • Visually inspect hydraulic oil for contamination
  • Look for foreign objects in the tank
  • Look for burnt oil condition
  • Verify when the last oil change occurred
  • Check gearbox oil for levels and leaks
  • Verify when the last gearbox oil change occurred

5.     Inspect hydraulic and pneumatic hoses and fittings.

  • Look for frayed or worn hoses
  • Look for leaks in fittings
  • Look for leaks on the manifolds
  • Look for leaks on the cylinders

6.     Inspect all points of friction for wear.

  • Check the mechanical functioning of the machine
  • Look for wear items

7.     Inspect press structure for signs of wear

  • Look for structural cracking on the press
  • Look for loose or missing bolts

8.     Verify proper operation of machine cycle.

  • Confirm the original machine sequence of operations
  • Look for unsafe sequence of the pres

9.     Verify the application and tooling

  • Verify the cutting tasks are suitable for the press
  • Verify the dies are of the proper design for the press

10.   Inspect electrical panel.

  • Look for loose wires
  • Clean up any loose wiring in the cabinet
  • Look replaced components that are not compatible

11.   Recommend any replacement parts.

  •  Look at any inventory of repair parts
  • Suggest any items of long lead that would lead to extended down time

12.   Review maintenance log.

  • Make suggestions for improvement

13.   Retrain employees if necessary.

  • Verify that all operators know safe operating practices of the press

14.   Make any and all necessary adjustments.


15.   Inspect all filters and change if necessary.


16.   Oil/Filter change available upon request. Customer to supply oil + filter.


17.   Additional charges may apply for hydraulic tank cleaning


18.  Detailed Safety & Performance Inspection Report will be provided within 5 business days from the date of inspection.


19.  Any additional scope of work / parts purchased by the customer, outlined in the report, will receive the following discounts:

  • 10% discount on parts
  • 20% discount on labor

20.  Inspection Completed – by a qualified &  certified OEM Freeman Schwabe Technician

Schwabe Certified LogoPlease Note:

For the safety of our men, any inspection or task that requires more than one person, we ask that the Customer provide assistance.

Price Includes: (1) Machine (6 – 8 Hrs). Expenses billable. Additional charges apply for multiple machines.

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