How To Maintain Parts And Machinery For Your Business And Prevent Problems

This article is contributed by Max King.

If you run a business that uses heavy machinery whether those are vats of liquids, manufacturing equipment or forklifts, then you are reliable to an extent on those investments operating efficiently and as expected. If a piece of machinery should stop working, then not only will that investment have been wasted (to some extent at least), but you will also then be left to try to achieve the same kind of output without the mechanical aid that you rely on. Worst of all, should your equipment falter it could potentially cause damage to your property, to the environment or put your staff/customers at risk.

Maintenance then is incredibly important and should be considered a priority for any organisation. Here we will look at some of the measures you can take to avoid your machinery breaking down.

The Right Equipment

industrial equipment

The first measure to take when trying to avoid malfunction for your equipment, is to invest in the best quality machinery to begin with. Spend a little more on your equipment, buy it a little newer, and you will find that it is less likely to break down and that it’s more likely to last. Of course sometimes things go wrong – spending more money on your machinery will never guarantee that you won’t have a problem – but you can still reduce the chances of a problem by choosing the best purchases and this is an area where the extra investment is very much worth it. If you want to buy equipment second hand then at least look for units that have been refurbished.

Spot Checks

Making spot checks

Once you have the best machinery in place that is as likely as possible to operate smoothly for the longest time, you then need to make sure that you stay on the lookout for problems that can creep up on you. As with health, faults and problems with machinery will normally show early signs before they become a serious issue – and the sooner you catch them the better chance you have of ‘treating them’. One way to get regular spot checks for your equipment is to instruct your staff to go through checks as and when they use it. Get your employees to check over your equipment each time they go to use it and they may well be able to flag problems like creeping cracks or loosening screws.

Also important is to get regular maintenance from trained professionals who can look for more severe problems and who can carry out regular upkeep. If you have a furnace for instance that heats your building through air ducts, then a maintenance professional can help to clear dust from your vents and filters to prevent a build-up. Many companies will allow you to pay a regular fee in order to get monthly/quarterly/yearly check-ups and this is often a very cost-effective way to avoid equipment completely breaking down.

Usage

Move those crates

Of course what’s also important is the way that you use your equipment. If you are careful with your machinery then it will obviously be less likely to break down than if you use it too carelessly. Likewise machinery also wears down the more often you use it. You can almost think of your equipment as having a finite number of uses – so if you want to make it last longer you should use it less frequently and more efficiently. Do you need the heating on right now? Do you need to keep that generator running? Could you move those crates by hand on this occasion? Using machinery correctly is also important – so ensure that you follow instructions carefully and don’t try to cut corners that could lead to more serious issues in the long run.

Replacement

Outdated equipment

It’s also important to make sure that you regularly replace your equipment rather than waiting for it to break down. Just because your machinery is still working, that doesn’t mean that there might not be a replacement that could carry out the same job more efficiently – or that you shouldn’t replace it with a newer model that will be less likely to break down in the next year. It’s much better to prevent failure than to try and handle it once the failure has occurred.

Author Bio:  Max King is a freelance blogger, currently working in the maintenance team of Heat Exchangers WA, providers of Alfa Laval Heat Exchanger Models – Sondex, Tranter,  Swep, APV, GEA, Serck. Max loves photography and visits various national parks on weekends to sharpen his wildlife photography skills.

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