It is necessary, in any manufacturing environment to maintain and repair the equipment that is used in the operation of the business. Preventative maintenance is done to keep machines working properly and to avoid safety issues. Equipment that is not taken care of properly and then in turn becomes damaged can lead to unnecessary downtime, injuries and loss of production. If the equipment is used in the operation of your business it is important to minimize any downtime that can be experienced. To keep business running as usual it is important that inspections, repairs, alterations and maintenance are done regularly by well trained individuals.
When it comes to determining whose job it is to complete regular inspections, maintenance and repairs on equipment used in the operation of your business it is best to assign that job function to one team of employees. This allows it to be consistently monitored by the same employees. All inspections, repairs and maintenance should be recorded in order to keep track. This will lead to an organized record of repairs and will help in performing future preventive maintenance. If a pattern is seen it is possible to perform maintenance before issues arise. This will keep downtime to a minimum and allow for maximum efficiency.
The five basic principles in the maintenance process of manufacturing equipment are: refurbish, repair, calibration, cleaning and replacement.
Refurbishing is the process of servicing and restoring older or damaged equipment to make it like new again. This process involves disassembling equipment, cleaning it thoroughly and replacing pieces that are not in proper running order.
Repair manufacturing equipment occurs when a piece is not totally damaged. Minor machine damage can be repaired. This is a cost effective way to keep older machines running effectively longer. It is cheaper to replace a part or two on manufacturing equipment rather than continually replacing pieces. Equipment is a large expense in manufacturing. Therefore when a repair can be done it saves the company both time and money. It is always best to reuse or repair a machine over replacing it when possible.
Calibration should be done regularly on equipment used in the manufacturing process as it keeps product consistency. Equipment that is not properly calibrated will produce uneven and inconsistent results. When there are issues with variability it can lead to a tarnished brand reputation.
Cleaning equipment is another important aspect within maintenance. Cleaning manufacturing electrical components should be done regularly. Wipe equipment daily with thorough cleaning done weekly to ensure the proper maintenance of manufacturing equipment and electrical components.
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