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Beyond Maintenance: Maximizing Machinery Potential

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For manufacturing companies to create quality products, remain competitive/profitable, and run efficiently, it is important that they concentrate on improving maintenance performance. The quality of maintenance performance greatly contributes to the organization’s overall performance and pushes higher ROA (return on assets). Conversely, poorly implemented or developed maintenance plans can cost a lot. For instance, running equipment until it fails or postponing maintenance can be very costly. This is why experts at Kor Pak say that it is important to schedule maintenance to maximize machinery potential.

Why Machinery Maintenance

Can you imagine the chaos that equipment breakdown can create? Downtime often brings operations to a stop, leading to frustrated customers and missed deadlines. Regular maintenance is crucial if you are looking to reduce any unforeseen breakdowns. By addressing potential problems before they escalate, business organizations will be able to minimize the risks of unexpected equipment failures as well as the subsequent downtime costs, which accompany them. Safety is also important in the workplace. Faulty equipment poses a great risk to workers, resulting in potential injuries and accidents. A well-maintained machine will help to sustain a very safe working environment for workers. Other reasons for machinery maintenance include the following:

  • Cost savings
  • Extend machinery lifespan
  • Increased profitability
  • Improved customer/client experience

Maintenance Tips to Maximize Machinery Efficiency/Productivity

Improve the efficiency or productivity of a machine by implementing a well-thought-out maintenance program to discover as well as resolve the cause of failure. While these tasks might be specific to your business organization, market, or industry, some maintenance tips, like the following can help you maximize the productivity and efficiency of your machines:

1.      Spend Time to Train Operators

It is crucial to ensure that your machinery operators know how to efficiently run machines. Because we see lots of unnecessary wear and tear from operators because of not following the best practices, it is important to prioritize hands-on training. This can be either through certification courses or in-house training.

2.      Identify Man Causes of Equipment Breakdown

Part of maintenance programs is to identify factors that cause equipment breakdown. By identifying the causes of breakdowns before they even happen, you will save a lot of money and even maintain a consistent workflow.

3.      Carry out Routine Testing

This goes beyond conducting visual inspections. By using specialized tools as well as techniques, such as infrared thermography, different electrical tests, oil analysis, and vibration analysis, you will understand the internal health of assets better. Comparing test results so you can benchmark will also enable you to detect any hidden wear, misalignment, and degradation of internal components, which can result in unexpected breakdowns.

4.      Conduct Inspections Regularly

A routine inspection is the cornerstone of effective machinery maintenance. This regular check is important for identifying any potential issues, and letting the maintenance team take a proactive measure to extend the lifespan of machinery and prevent breakdowns. It may include the following:

  • Procedures and checklists
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Detecting issues early

In conclusion, machinery maintenance is the best way for manufacturers to increase productivity and efficiency, while eliminating defects, improving quality, and minimizing waste. By empowering operators and team members to take control and ownership of maintenance processes, your business will achieve a lot.

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