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June Service Spotlight

Tips on Cleaning Your Aluminum Rim Polishing Machine

With the machine being one of your shops biggest investments, you want your machine to run well and last for years. Daily and weekly cleaning of your equipment is so important for the upkeep and dependability of the machine. One of our best instruction tools for your operator is the Routine Maintenance Guide from VIS.

Your operator should be spending about 15 to 30 minutes at the end of the shift vacuuming or sweeping the dust and debris out of the machine. Personal protection per your company’s guidelines before and during cleaning is crucial. Brush or wipe down the inside panels starting at the top, working down. Look out for worn or loose components or parts, and advise your supervisor of any potential issues. Wipe off the door lock forks and inspect the door latches. Wipe down the Plexiglas windows with a micro wipe only. Use no cleaners or fluids on the Plexiglas. Inspect your consumable inventory for proper supplies, and replenish as needed. 

The weekly cleaning should be about 30 to 60 minutes (same as daily), plus a thorough cleaning of the inside panels. Operators should use a quality cleaner on the metal and wipe clean. Don’t forget to remove the electrical cabinet filters. Filters should be replaced every six months. 

Routinely cleaning your machine for a short period of time at the end of each shift will save you money and downtime, every time.

July Service Spotlight

Tips for Calling into the VIS Tech Support Line:

When calling into the tech support line, it is important for you to know that there is rarely a problem we haven’t encountered before. Chances are you are not alone and we can help! 

Here are a few tips from our service team to make the most of your phone support calls: 

1. First, if you have a problem with any equipment, please know the issue before calling. This will help us to easily and quickly diagnose any issues over the phone to get you back up and running. If you do not know the problem, please ensure your equipment operator calls with the issue.

2. Second, please make sure you are at the machine and the equipment while on the phone with us. This makes it easy for us to walk you through any trouble shooting problems immediately. 

3. Finally, it is important that you know if you are not on service and maintenance contract with VIS, your phone support call will cost $150/hour. If you are not on service and maintenance and would like to be, simply let the phone support operator know so we can get you set up. 

The tech support line is available to all VIS equipment owner/operators for our VIS-Check, VIS-Polish, and VIS-Shine machines. You can contact our Tech Support Line team at 1-877-837-1388, Monday-Friday 8am-8pm eastern time. 

August Service Spotlight

Summer Heat and Your VIS Polish Machine:

During the hot summer months, there are a few tips and tricks to know to protect your polish machine and consumables. Here are some important tips on how to maintain your equipment in the heat:

• Rouge Bar Storage: If temperatures are high and running above 80°F, it is important that you keep your rouge bars in a cool and dry environment. In high temperatures, the black rouge bar is the most susceptible to heat, so we suggest you use the green cut bar as an alternative. 

• VIS-Polish Machine: The machine should always be kept in a well ventilated area. If the area around the machine is more than 90°F, keep a fan pointed towards the electrical cabinet to keep air circulating. This will prevent the electronics from overheating and potentially malfunctioning.

• VIS-Polish Filters: Make sure to clean your VIS-Polish filters year round! The filters circulate air through the electronic cabinet, when regularly cleaned, they can prevent damage to the drivers. 

It is always important that your VIS-Polish machine receives regular cleaning and maintenance. Be sure to give the machine a quick cleaning after each rim and vacuum or sweep out dust and debris at the end of each day. 

Regular cleaning and maintenance of your machine will allow you to get the most out of your VIS-Polish machine. 

For more information on how to maintain and clean your VIS-Polish equipment, please refer to the Routine Maintenance document or contact our Service Team at 877-837-1388.

September Service Spotlight

Tips on Cleaning Your VIS-Check 

As a VIS-Check owner, keeping your equipment clean and well maintained is important for the safety of your service technicians as well as the lifespan of your machine.

Here are some quick and easy tips on how you can keep your equipment clean and safe in your shop:

  • Sweep around the machine.
  • Vacuum up any dirt from under the walkover cover and between the rolls.
  • Wipe up any grease of oil immediately! Wiping up any grease or oil, and any spills in general is crucial to maintaining the safety of your technicians and the use of the machine.

The safety of your technicians using your VIS-Check equipment should always be a number one priority in your shop. When it comes to simple cleaning and maintenance tasks to keep the integrity of your equipment, you promote a safe working environment for your technicians and extend the life of your equipment. 

October Service Spotlight

Maintaining Your VIS-Polish in the Winter Months

During the winter months as the temperatures start to dip, your VIS-Polish machine will need a little extra care in your shop!

To make the most out of your machine in the winter season, keeping your VIS-Polish in a heated environment is extremely important. When temperatures start to cool down, it is vital your VIS-Polish equipment is stored in a heated environment at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Tempetures under 60 degrees will begin to cause problems with your machine include freezing drive motors.

But there is a way to avoid that by following these tips!

  • Keep your equipment in a heated environment - this will prevent drive motors from seizing up and freezing the lubricants that allow them to ventilate and circulate properly.
  • Store rims in a clean, dry plate where there is no snow or ice - If aluminum rims are too cold when you put them in the VIS-Polish machine, it can result in dull rims with little to no shine which can result in unhappy customers.
  • Use black compound bars during the winter months.

For more information on how to maintain your equipment through the changing seasons, contact our tech support team at 877-837-1388 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. EST.

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