If you are the manager or owner of a business working in the field of production, there are few concepts with as many advantages as proper industrial maintenance. Some of these benefits are easy to spot. If you take care of your machinery and technology, you’re going to have less downtime and your production will be increased. Safety, which should always be one of your primary concerns, is going to be improved when the tools and machines you’re working with are in top condition. But there are even more hidden advantages to proper control. Here are a few of them.
Most companies accept overtime as part of the business. But a careful examination of the books can often show that this overtime is costing you profits when it need not be. A proper industrial maintenance program can help ensure production isn’t shut down by unforeseen circumstances. When you just ride a piece of technology until it breaks down, you’re eventually going to run into a delay. If those delays are built into your system, giving your mechanics a chance to repair small issues before they become unfixable, you can incorporate it into the daily work schedule and probably cut down on quite a bit of overtime pay.
You can have your best employees working around the clock and still be missing out on efficient production strategies. Industrial maintenance programs ensure that you are getting as much out of your machines as you are putting into them. To reduce it to a common analogy, think about how much more efficiently your car ran when you first bought it. The same goes for an old computer. With time and neglect, machinery starts to wear down. It may still perform, but any number of invisible slowdowns has set in. If you have someone taking good care of the machinery on a daily basis, those slow downs can be minimized.
Employing someone to be in charge of industrial maintenance and/or a team to carry out these strategies doesn’t seem like a path to savings at first glance. However, when you compare this to the alternative of purchasing new machines, slowing down production, and paying overtime to employees who can’t get the job done during working hours, it’s easy to see how the savings can pile up. As any mechanic can tell you, it is always less expensive to spot a problem and fix it before the machinery gives up entirely. Implement a good program and you’ll see a positive difference in your books.