As an integral part of the production line, industrial equipment must be maintained regularly and according to a program developed in advance. A routine of checking, fixing, degreasing, various tests is the right way to avoid unexpected breakdowns and to reduce the costs associated with major maintenance. Repairs must be quick and involve competent maintenance technicians, familiar with the procedures to follow to refurbish all of the company’s machinery.
Maintaining technical equipment is as important as making the right choice of material and supplier. Indeed, the industrial equipment, even if it is of very good quality, must continue to function as in the early days, and be easy to use by the operators responsible for it. Regular maintenance therefore also helps to ensure the safety of workers and to enable them to work on machinery which is safe for them.
Without maintenance, there is also no efficiency. A non-functioning part or missing oil slows down production and normal equipment performance. We must not forget that it is on all of these work tools called industrial equipment and tools that the financial benefits of the company largely depend. Regular maintenance is likely to significantly slow down the wear and tear of the equipment. Well maintained, it stays new longer; hence the importance of training an industrial maintenance section within the staff.
What is technical maintenance?
The technical maintenance is nothing other than the art of knowing better manage its industrial equipment, to preserve a rapid deterioration and hand it up during malfunctions.
Two categories of technical maintenance are possible. One is said to be preventive and the other is said to be corrective. This last form of maintenance is that which comes within the scope of troubleshooting, when a malfunction is observed in the industrial equipment.
The more efficient the machines, the more the company must take care of them and avoid losing their value and productive capacity. A machine that breaks down requires a quick repair to get back to normal. The best is of course to know how to anticipate possible breakdowns and not to risk stopping the production cycle. It is with regular maintenance and therefore preventive that we can avoid long repairs, disassembly of equipment and often very high intervention costs.
The industrial company can thus have its own agent in charge of maintenance or an entire team. This function could also be outsourced, but the essential thing is however to have at its disposal sufficiently qualified people to adapt to any type of industrial equipment and to carry out repairs if necessary.
How to carry out preventive maintenance?
It’s better to be safe than sorry. In the case of industrial maintenance, this rule is even more true. You can clearly see the usefulness of carrying out preventive maintenance, just by thinking of the waste of time and the sometimes-prohibitive cost that a breakdown can cause.
It will be necessary to pay for labor, buy spare parts which are sometimes extremely expensive depending on the model of equipment to be repaired, but also sometimes face customer dissatisfaction due to slow production. There are therefore countless good reasons not to wait for a failure to appear and to ensure that industrial equipment is in good condition.
Servicing or preventive maintenance, however, will only concern machinery that is not about to be replaced, sold, or permanently taken off the production line in one way or another.
If sufficient resources are not available (from the point of view of working hours, qualifications, or the size of the number of equipment) to carry out preventive maintenance quickly, it is necessary to think about levels of priority. We can thus ask ourselves the following questions: which machines have the most influence on industrial exploitation? What are the machines whose breakdown or shutdown has strong negative consequences in economic, environmental and quality terms?
A machine whose tasks can be very easily subcontracted will therefore be subject to a lower priority preventive intervention. The company is not very dependent on it and can afford to delay its maintenance.
On the other hand, some machines are naturally more strategic than others, and the company cannot be deprived of them for too long. If, in addition, the production load coming from such a device is too great to be quickly caught up, the theory of constraints dictates that preventive maintenance be of a high frequency in order to limit the risks.
One of the characteristics shared by successful industrial companies is also the following: they know how to choose the best equipment for their activity, but they also emphasize regular and preventive maintenance. Moreover, the best selection of production and operating equipment cannot be done without finding the best supplier partner. The latter must know how to listen to the current challenges of industrial companies and meet their needs with modern equipment, associated with guarantees and having high performance. Finding key partners also makes it possible to benefit from technical advice that meets the requirements of the market, which is in constant evolution.
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