Operating, buying, or maintaining an equipment is never an easy task. This also means that mistakes can be very costly and even far-reaching. Through the years, there has been so many companies who ended up regretting the decisions they have made and wished they can turn back time. When it comes to taking care of equipment, it is important to do it right as it can greatly help in machinery maintenance. Here are some mistakes that should be avoided.
Not Considering Long Term Goals and Strategies when Buying Equipment
When buying a new machine or if you just want to retrofit the old one for an improved performance, you have to carefully plan for the future. You need to consider the current production requirements of the company and what you expect them to change as they move forward.
You need to acquire an equipment that would fit your needs and will also support the growth of your company or the years to come. It is so much better to invest money today so you can spare yourself the trouble down the line.
Purchasing the Equipment without Considering the Life Cycle
If you think that you have come across the right equipment, it would be wise to ask the company about their customer support. Are they offering a direct line for technical assistance? Do they train the maintenance and operation staff? Can they connect to the equipment remotely for faster and affordable troubleshooting?
Even the ideal equipment can end up to be a nightmare if the manufacturer is not willing to provide support. Make sure to purchase only from a company that has an extensive team of dedicated specialists.
Not Enough Training
Training needs to be discussed from the beginning and should be included in the project schedule. Identify all your key operations and maintenance employees from all shifts and you need to make sure that they are involved early on, starting from installation and commissioning.
In addition, it is necessary to schedule a visit from a field service technician a few months after the installation. This is a great opportunity especially for additional training. By then, all your people would have worked with the equipment and are likely to have questions. Together with your manufacturer, you need to agree on the scope of the visit ahead of time so you will have enough time for training and servicing.
Skimping on Preventive Maintenance
By doing machinery maintenance, the equipment can be expected to go a long way. This will help extend its lifespan and downtime will be avoided. Some of the best preventive maintenance practices include the following.
- Always keep the equipment clean.
- Stick to your current preventive maintenance schedule.
- Ask your mechanics to write a detailed inspection and maintenance procedures.
By avoiding these mistakes, you will not only make sure that your equipment can do the work, but this would also mean that you can make the most out of it for a long time.