Dust , dirt, or other foreign material should not be allowed to collect on the swaging machine; it will eventually work its way into the mechanism and cause excessive wear and damage.
Before installing a set of roll dies, wipe their actives surfaces carefully with a clean soft cloth to be sure no grit will mar the surfaces of the roll dies.
Stubborn accumulations of grease or other sticky material can usually be removed by wiping with a petroleum base solvent.
Each swaging machine is packed with lubricant when it is assembled at the factory, and no subsequent periodic lubrication is required. If and when the machine is disassembled for repair or overhaul, the old grease on the bearings and gear teeth should be cleaned out with solvent and these parts should be packed lightly with extreme-pressure low-temperature grease, MIL-G-7118 or equivalent.
If the swaging machine is located in a dusty or humid environment , it is recommended that a hood of fairly heavy vinyl or canvas be used to cover it when it is no in use.
Contact of bare hands with the working surface of the roll dies must be avoided to prevent finger print corrosion.
Each time a set of roll dies is removed from the swaging machine , the roll dies and the exposed portions of the machine shafts should be lightly coated with a clean corrosion resistant oil.