Machinery maintenance is critical to the smooth operations of many facilities that work with industrial-scale equipment. Any smart facility manager knows this, which is why there is so much effort directed at preparing and reinforcing the right strategies to keep everything in good working order. In addition, specific recommendations from the manufacturer should be employed so that the right practices that are specific to the engineering of the machine are followed.
If it is your first time to design such a programme for your facility, there are some important things that you should remember so that you can ensure its success. Consider the following:
One of the most important aspects to any machinery maintenance programme revolves around conducting preventive checks. Industrial machinery such as air compressors are typically medium to large, with various components and sometimes even systems that should be properly calibrated. When they break down, they would not just be significant impediments to your operations, they would also carry quite the security risk.
As such, preventive checks should make sure that machinery are investigated for any signs of wear or tear, as well as other issues. If any are found, your programme should have the proper contingency measures to correct them immediately, so that they do not escalate into bigger issues.
Servicing should also be clear and concise, as far as your machinery maintenance is concerned. Servicing helps prevent costly industrial machinery repairs that could be a drain on your resources, in addition to derailing work. But outlining the schedule is not enough; your programme should also detail which specific resource people to contact for servicing, the specific roles of your team, and the response plan for any defects. If you’re going to commission outside help for servicing, your maintenance programme should map out the specific duties that the third-party company need to do.
Additional Pointers to Consider
In addition, make sure that machinery maintenance is considered as a collective effort that is ongoing, as opposed to something that only happens at set times. Your team should cooperate with one another to clearly define roles and implement the right practices, as well as contribute to solid documentation that can stand as a good reference to consult during appropriate times.
In addition, your machinery maintenance should follow specific recommendations from your manufacturer. Before designing your programme, check your manual to make sure that you do not miss out on technicalities that, if unfollowed, may compromise the functionality and safety of the equipment as well as nullify warranty.