Properly maintaining plant equipment can reduce your overall operating costs while boosting your productivity. It’s a long held equation, yet management often views maintenance as a real expense instead of taking the positive, proactive approach necessary to make plants more efficient. The simple reality, though, is that taking that step forward, that preventative attitude, can do so much for your company.
Step 1 – Review Potential Failures
The single best thing many companies can do in creating a proactive maintenance approach is to review what might happen. Looking at the equipment that could fail (or has failed in the past) can help avoid complications from failure down the road. This can help to enhance the equipment and keep it in good working order. To work well, though, it must be handled at fixed intervals by knowledgeable personnel who can predict what could happen in the future.
Step 2 – Consider Predictions
Many new tools have arrived on the scene to help personnel complete a more thorough predictive maintenance situation. Thanks to vibration analysis, infrared thermographs, and more, it may be possible to measure equipment condition and assess what is most likely to fail in the coming months.
Step 3: Add Proactive Maintenance
By simply looking at the root cause of many equipment failures, a proactive maintenance strategy may also help you reach the maximum lifespan of your equipment. The goal is to consider the biggest strain on each piece of equipment and how to minimize that strain. Once you understand how it can work, you can ensure the best practices are implemented to make that possible.
Factory maintenance is no longer just a fix-it-when-it’s-broken proposition. Instead, there are many other options in today’s environment.