Machine maintenance is integral to ensuring production continues to be efficient and cost-effective. Like the human body, machinery is prone to wear and tear due to everyday use. Therefore it fundamentally important to inspect systems regularly and make any minor repairs before they become expensive and detrimental to production. Neglecting to maintain machinery regularly may result in costly downtime and paying staff who are unable to work.
Maintaining equipment should become routine with checks and repairs being planned for. Resulting in the company losing a minimal amount of production time. Machine maintenance doesn’t only secure the efficiency of production it also safeguards workers from possible injury. Scheduling monthly or quarterly checks ensure a minimal amount of downtime and disruption to the production process.
Machine manufacturers provide thorough maintenance checks and are able to repair any pieces of equipment is failing. The good news is that most also provide a maintenance service for machines they have supplied or manufactured themselves. It is prudent to make arrangements with your supplier to organise regular maintenance because it increases the longevity of your machinery.
Why Machine Maintenence IS Better Than Repair
The adage, ‘prevention is better than cure’, is extremely pertinent to machine maintenance. Regular checks prevent minor issues becoming major problems because they can be fixed straight away. Machine maintenance ensures that machines run at 100% efficiency at all times. It is vitally important that everyone in the company supports regular maintenance and accept the minor disruption it causes.
The introduction of a maintenance policy provides a structured approach to ensuring machinery works at an optimum level. Machine operators should be able to carry out day to day maintenance by making sure the machines are clean and identifying any loose screws. A service and maintenance contract enables staff to arrange for repairs to be made quickly.
New technology which monitors the status of machinery alerts personnel to system faults allowing repair to be made before it causes too much damage. Relying on automated systems alone is not an effective way to monitor equipment as they only detect major faults. Staff vigilance alongside automated monitoring ensures small issues don’t snowball into big problems.
Service & Support Contracts
Service and support contracts provide a third tier of maintenance as it oversees the daily maintenance and information gathered by technology. The contractor uses the information to anticipate the best times to have downtime to perform checks and repairs. Investing in such a service does cost money and has an impact on running costs. However, the overall cost of service and support contracts is considerably less than the downtime caused by machine failure. A good machine maintenance plan ensures the production line runs at 100% efficiency at times. This results in higher production, greater profits, high morale and wellbeing amongst personnel.
If you are interested in finding more about our service and support contact us and we would be happy to discuss your options. We provide machine maintenance for equipment bought elsewhere as well as our own equipment.