The first thing that probably comes to mind when you think of performing maintenance on your machine is fixing a part that is broken. This type of maintenance, known as reactive maintenance, occurs when one or a multitude of parts fail during the operation of a machine, causing that particular piece of equipment to no longer function effectively. These breakdowns can result in substantial downtime, expensive repair costs and even a loss of potential revenue for your business. Not all maintenance has to be reactionary or done after a particular component fails on your machine. The most efficient and cost-effective maintenance you can perform on your machines is typically referred to as preventative maintenance. Whether you operate one piece of equipment or one hundred, let’s take a minute to understand why establishing a comprehensive maintenance plan can help keep your business up and running!
Preventative maintenance is any type of maintenance you perform on your machine even though there may be nothing wrong with it. Some common examples of preventative maintenance are getting your oil changed on your car before a long road trip or having the heater in your house serviced before winter rolls around. These preventative measures work the same way when it comes to servicing your industrial equipment. Not only can it help ensure maximum performance from your machine but can also help increase longevity and reliability by avoiding potential breakdowns or component failures during operation. These measures can potentially save you thousands of dollars in last-minute repairs and labor costs. Just because your machine is functioning properly and efficiently now, doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to be serviced. This is why establishing a preventative maintenance schedule can be one of the most effective measures your business can take to decrease equipment downtime and increase profitability.
The first step in establishing a maintenance schedule is examining your current business operations. To get a better understanding of what exactly you need to change, take a comprehensive look at the different types of machines you operate, the environments and conditions they operate in, and how effective your current maintenance practices are. The second and most important step is to establish a detailed maintenance schedule for each piece of machinery your business operates. For example, if you have a machine that is a bit older, you should plan on certain components needing to be replaced more often when compared to a newer or less frequently used piece of equipment. Another important step you can take to ensure your preventative maintenance schedule is as successful as possible is to train your employees to better recognize tell-tale signs of wear and tear on the machines they work with. This can help them identify necessary repairs more efficiently while decreasing the likelihood of a more significant and expensive repair cost in the future. The final and easiest of these steps is to set goals for your new preventative maintenance program and share them with your staff. This helps to ensure that everyone understands what you are trying to accomplish, and how to best effectively achieve that goal.
The most important thing to understand when it comes to servicing your machine and establishing a preventative maintenance plan is that breakdowns will still happen. Circumstances and environmental factors can cause a part to fail unexpectedly, no matter how well you plan. A comprehensive preventative maintenance schedule can not only help limit the frequency of those unexpected breakdowns but can also help limit the severity of the breakdown, keeping maintenance costs low. When it comes time to service your equipment, contact our sales department or check out our wide selection of replacement parts and accessories to ensure you get the part you need when you need it!