Increase Your ROI On Industrial Equipment With Maintenance
In manufacturing it is important to extend the life of your equipment. The return on investment is examined in great detail even before pieces are purchased. The equipment alone can’t be held responsible for this feat; the people running the machines need to be responsible to perform regular, routine maintenance as well. To ensure a proper ROI look into developing a companywide policy on the residual care of equipment. Below are some considerations to look at as you develop a plan of action to extend the life of your equipment.
One of the first steps to take when working to improve the longevity of industrial equipment is to ensure the employees running the machines are trained properly. If there are multiple users for certain larger pieces of equipment maintain a usage log along with a checklist of procedures to perform before, during and after the machine is used.
Make sure that all operators of equipment are set with the knowledge they need to spot issues before they arise. Replacing electrical wear items before failure saves manufacturers thousands of dollars. Not only do you prevent employee down time while the machine is being serviced you also prevent emergency service fees which quickly add up to triple the cost of regularly replacing electrical components that are known to wear with extended use.
Create a checklist for machines with many moving parts. Ensure that these pieces of equipment are on a regular schedule for lubrication. Lubricating parts that are constantly moving increases the longevity of the machine. Create a checklist that is specific to each piece of equipment and the types of oils and grease to be used on each. Teach users what to look for to help diagnosis problems before the problem becomes critical. Check for residual build-up and signs of excess oil during this process as these issues can be a sign of problems before they arise.
By simply replacing electrical components as they begin to wear companies can save themselves a tremendous amount of money. Electrical components on large equipment each have a unique life span. Take this into consideration and replace items such as fuses, circuits, bus plugs, transformers and switchboards. Even if the component has not failed yet replacing it before it does works to benefit the equipment. A components failure while in use can cause more damage to the piece as a whole. A modern example of this is refilling the gas in your cars tank before it is completely empty. Running a car without gas causes many other components within the car to fail. The same is true of running manufacturing equipment with failed electrical components.