Machinery repairs are necessary for the functional and efficient operation of many facilities. If you find that yours is in need for some, ensuring quality results is important. This is because you wouldn’t just want to make full use of the investment, you should also make sure that you get an equipment that can meet your requirements and deliver the quality that you need. And if you’re looking for pointers for that, consider these essential tips.
Understand the source of the damage
Large machinery damage should be traced back to its source in order to get the right fix for it. Vibrations, for instance, can be explained by gears and belts that may have gotten misaligned. Similarly, high temperatures in your equipment can be caused by anything from too much use to friction. Now, it bears noting that you do not need to be an expert on diagnosing problems and finding their real sources. If you cannot identify the problem, just make sure that you can give a comprehensive account of when it started, how it started, and what it has led to. This will be information that your repair team will want to know when they arrive.
Log everything properly
Speaking of giving comprehensive accounts, it’s important to remember that logging everything properly is important not only in getting the kind of machinery repairs that you want, but also in running an efficient facility. When having repairs commissioned, document the entire process. This is so that if your facility will have a good reference point to consult the next time something happens to the equipment, or if the issue exacerbates. Even if nothing happens again, keeping records of repairs will be important to charting the lifespan of the equipment and preparing for replacements well ahead of time to minimise production delays or downtimes.
Ensure continuous operator training
Finally, remember that repairs are not the be-all and end-all of proper facility management. Machinery maintenance is also very, very crucial; and a big part of it entails keeping on top of operator training. This is particularly important if you are switching to larger equipment, making adjustments to your current processes, or adding people who have had no or little and non-updated experience with your suite of industrial machinery. Machinery manufacturers can help you out with this; if you didn’t buy your equipment directly from the manufacturer, ask your supplier or resource. Similarly, some repair teams can provide operator training.