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Warehouses and manufacturing facilities run a lot of equipment. Whether it’s automated or manually operated, the variety can include cranes, sorters, palletizers, conveyors, and more. With the amount that these assets are worth, it’s a no-brainer to take care of them on a regular basis. However, most companies fall short of even the easiest ways to provide preventative maintenance (PM).
Why would anyone neglect his equipment? The reasons vary, and in a fast-paced environment, they are understandable. Many PM programs are based on the OEM’s recommendations. This is a great starting point, assuming the staff is following the protocol, but there is more to do to keep costs as low as possible.
Cost is a mindset that can factor in to a PM that is lacking. Companies don’t want to halt production to conduct PM, or they don’t want to spend money along the way. They want to get as many miles out of each part in all the equipment. The frequency of parts replacement is not more expensive than waiting for equipment to completely fail. By that point, your repair could be much, much bigger.
If you catch a leak in time, for example, then you just have a simple leak to fix. If the fluid leaking lubricates the rest of the machine, and you don’t catch the leak early, your repairs could get very expensive, and in some cases cost you an entire new machine.
So what are the easiest ways to amp up your PM program?
With a vehicle, you wouldn’t wait until fluids are bone dry to fill them, or until your tires are bald to replace them. Why would you wait to take care of any other asset just as valuable?
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