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6 ways to extend factory equipment with maintenance


6 ways to extend factory equipment with maintenance

Just about every manufacturing facility on earth relies on machines to produce their wares with high levels of efficiency and precision. You don't want to find out the hard way what happens when those machines break down. As such, you need to have good plans in place to deal with ongoing maintenance and make sure your entire operation can continue to take big steps forward.

What should that plan entail? A few of the following ideas should get you moving in the right direction:

1) Set a lubrication regimen

One of the keys to keeping your machines running is to make sure all their component parts are in good shape and keep moving consistently after hundreds of thousands of rotations, according to Dassault Systems. Even the most minute, seemingly imperceptible changes can lead to breakdowns if they're not spotted in time. As such, lubrication is your first line of defense against these problems, and should be done on regularly.

2) Train your machine operators effectively

Another big but largely unnoticeable cause of breakdowns is when machines are not operated as intended, Dassault Systems said. Workers put in charge of running these production machines on a daily basis need to be intimately familiar not only with what proper operation looks like, but also the warning signs of when things might be going awry.

3) Give the machines the occasional deep clean

Just as you need to set a schedule for lubrication and maintenance, you can't forget about the importance of cleaning your machines - inside and out, according to Manufacturing Tomorrow. As you might imagine, a lot of gunk and debris can build up in machines in any industrial setting, so you need to prioritize making sure they get a real deep clean periodically so that there is no harmful build-up.

4) Use software and monitoring to set a schedule

Again, a lot of the problems that arise with production machines take place on a scale that can't always be detected by the human eye, Manufacturing Tomorrow advised. As such, monitoring equipment and software will tell you when components start operating even a fraction of a millimeter out of place. That makes it a near-invaluable investment, in terms of both efficiency and avoiding headaches from breakdowns.

5) Have plans to be both proactive and reactive

When you're dealing with production equipment, preventative maintenance is critical, but so is having a plan when a machine does break down, according to UpKeep. In these cases, you need to have a codified standard for how you will respond - planning for every conceivable scenario - so your operations don't suffer too greatly.

6) Understand the consequences of improper maintenance

Along similar lines, it's also important for everyone on your factory floor to know the implications of even a brief breakdown, UpKeep added. Just a single day operating at less than full capacity could take longer than workers realize to recover from, so educating and training workers about these realities and how to prevent them is a must.

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