Keeping your production line up and running is vital to the success of your company. When a machine breaks down, it can delay orders and make your customers frustrated. Regularly scheduled maintenance can improve the life of your equipment and prevent interruptions in your service. Here are a few steps to service these tools.
Organize a Maintenance Schedule
Review your production reports and look for the times when the equipment has the fewest orders. If this is a regular trend for this machine, block off a few hours on the calendar for this unit to be shut down and maintained. Continue to do this with every piece of machinery in your facility until each one is covered. Inform the operators and your maintenance supervisor of these changes then follow them to ensure that they are being completed.
Maintain Your Machines
When the scheduled day arrives, shut down the piece of equipment allotted for that time. Tighten any bolts or screws that have come loose. Use wipers and scrapers to clean the excess filth and grime that has accumulated on the gears and belts. Add grease and oil to it to ensure that it will run smoothly. Review the manufacturer’s instructions to see if they recommend any additional work. Deep clean the area around the unit to rid the area of any debris that can get into the mechanisms and cause issues.
Educate Your Staff
Conduct regular meetings with those that work with you to review any changes to your maintenance schedule. You should also stress the importance of keeping the workplace tidy. Communicate with them so that you are certain that they understand the piece of equipment that they are assigned to. Provide training for your employees on the machines in your facility and arrange follow-up classes for them to cover any changes that are released.