For many businesses, their machinery is their lifeblood. Breakdowns and downtime can cost money, affect productivity and quality, create shipping delays and even impact business reputation.
Whether it’s for manufacturing, transport, mining, power generation or any other commercial purpose, keeping machinery in pristine working condition and minimising downtime is essential for the smooth operation of your business.
Of course, professional maintenance is an essential part of keeping machines running and extending their working life. But there’s much more you can do to keep your machinery running smoothly and save or repair and maintenance costs.
Follow the manufacturer’s manual
For any commercial or industrial machinery, the manufacturer’s manual should be the first point of reference for installation, set up, operation procedures and repair and maintenance. Following the manual will help to minimise breakdowns, ensure correct operation and can help guide you through simple troubleshooting without the need to call in a professional.
Keep the machine and surrounding area clean
A common cause of breakdown is the presence of contaminants in the machinery. Dust, dirt, grime and other foreign substances can cause huge amounts of damage to just about any machinery. Even a small amount of dust can disrupt laser optics, damage moving parts and upset tolerances. Keeping the machine and the area around the machinery clean will help to reduce damage caused by contaminants. In some cases, delicate machinery may need to be cleaned by professionals and may be part of the scheduled servicing. Check the operator manual for specific cleaning guidelines and ensure these are properly followed.
Stay on top of repairs
When it comes to industrial machinery repair, you can’t afford to have a “wait and see” attitude. While minor problems do sometimes fix themselves, they can just as easily become a major problem that takes significant time and money to fix. At the first sign of an issue, you should get your machinery checked out by a qualified technician. The potential cost of ignoring minor issues can be substantially more than the callout costs for minor repairs.
Follow the manufacturer’s service schedule
To ensure machinery remains in pristine working condition, you should always follow the manufacturer’s recommended service schedule. This will help to ensure the smooth and precise operation of the machinery while extending its working life. Scheduled servicing is an important part of proactive maintenance. It can include performing routine maintenance, providing necessary adjustments and updates and giving technicians a chance to replace parts before they wear out. Scheduled servicing may also be required to keep the machinery within the manufacturer’s warranty.
Follow correct operating procedures
Deviating from the correct operating procedures can damage machinery and increase wear and tear, shorting the lifespan of the machine. Sometimes, proper operation procedures can take time and feel like they eat into productivity. This may include proper start up or shut down procedures or calibration processes. Oftentimes, the machinery may seem to operate fine without following these procedures. However, you could be significantly shortening the lifespan of the machinery without knowing it.
Ensure operators are properly trained
Poorly trained operators may not understand proper operational procedures or may not have the experience to identify minor issues before they become major repair jobs. Investing in proper training for all machine operators will ensure proper machinery use, which will increase the lifespan of the machinery and reduce the risk of damage or breakdowns.
Use only specialist repair and maintenance services
For industrial machinery repair and maintenance work, you need to ensure you only work with fully qualified and specialist technicians. Repair and maintenance for some of this equipment can be delicate and precise work that requires experience, expertise and specialised equipment.
Even the most heavy duty industrial machinery requires specialised care and maintenance. Make sure you’re giving it what it needs to get the longest life out of your machinery while reducing downtime and saving money or repair work.