It can never be said enough. Proper maintenance will always be your best bet when it comes to preventing unexpected breakdowns. No matter what type of equipment you service, it’s usually the little things that cause the biggest delays. Simple steps like replacing a float switch or doing test runs can eliminate many of the most common problems you will face while you are running your equipment. Being proactive by performing routine maintenance checks is the best way to stay on top of your game. You save time and money in the long run and your company has a reputation for always running smoothly.
Regular Maintenance Checks
Regular maintenance checks should be performed according to how often a piece of equipment is used. If equipment is stored, checking it once a year will ensure it is ready to go when it is needed. Equipment that is used on a daily basis, should be checked more often. In most cases, every one or two months is sufficient. By closely examining a piece of equipment, you will be able to identify worn parts or signs of wear that could result in a breakdown. Keeping your equipment in good working order prevents delays and keeps your business running like it should. Create a maintenance schedule for all your equipment and stick to it.
Keep Frequently Replaced Parts in Stock
Every piece of equipment has specific parts that a prone to breaking down. This usually occurs when parts are constantly in use. Many frequently used parts are found to be worn when regular maintenance checks are performed. Having these parts on hand is the best way to avoid major issues, especially if you already know they are prone to breakage. Keeping a fully stocked inventory of frequently used parts prevents delays and avoids having to place multiple orders for parts throughout the month. Make a list of parts you frequently replace and always have them on hand.
Run a System Check When Equipment Is Used Infrequently
While you have equipment that is used on a daily or weekly basis, don’t forget to maintain those pieces of equipment that are used much less frequently. Certain types of pumps or other equipment may only be needed for specific jobs. Performing maintenance checks on these pieces of equipment is important. Run a system check every few weeks, so you know the equipment is good to go if an emergency should ever arise. Test runs are a great way to check older pieces of equipment as well.
Replace Worn Parts as Soon as They Are Noticed
Whether you are performing a maintenance check or using a piece of equipment on the job, be proactive. If you see a worn part, make a note for your maintenance team to replace it as soon as possible. Not only will your equipment run more efficiently, but you will also minimize the risk of any downtime due to a faulty part or an unexpected malfunction. The few minutes that it takes to replace a part will save you time and money in the long run. Over the course of a year, this can lead to huge savings.
Having the right equipment on hand at any given moment can be a real game changer. Tools like a tank level gauge or an extra set of switches may be all you need to save the day and prevent a breakdown. It’s easier to fix a minor issue before a disaster happens than to rebuild after a major accident. Proper maintenance should be performed system-wide on all your major components on a regular basis. Put it on your calendar. You will notice fewer breakdowns and less time and money wasted on lengthy delays.