Equipment can fail anytime due to different reasons such as technical error or just breakdown. The impact caused by the failure can be devastating and lead to losses or even injuries to the operator or people surrounding. Most people often don’t anticipate their equipment failure and get frustrated. Writing an inventory for spare parts can be tiresome and time-consuming, especially when the equipment is crucial in your business. This is why it’s wise to consider having spare parts management software to help you manage your inventory and to reduce the time for getting new spare parts. This article will outline the common causes of equipment failure and how to fix them.
- Failure to Monitor Your Equipment
Most people are ignorant and fail to monitor their equipment which ends up breaking down continuously. You can consider using condition-based maintenance, which is done based on the operating condition of the equipment. You can detect if your equipment fails from the manufacturer’s menu and operational recommendation. Continuous maintenance helps to create a baseline of good equipment condition and helps detect if there is a change. This information can be used to predict the future breakdown of the equipment, which helps provide a contingency plan for curbing the [problem before it disrupts the normal operating schedule.
Using this method of continuous monitoring equipment helps the company to manage their operation adequately and know they contain the major cause of your machine stress. However, managing this can sometimes be tiresome; when taking notes manually, you must incorporate software to help you monitor this.
- Lack of Reliability Culture
When running a business that uses heavy equipment or equipment, it’s crucial to have a reliability culture. Most time, the equipment operator might notice an issue with the machine, and instead of taking action or reporting it so that it can be checked out, they ignore it until it’s too late. Noticing an issue when it’s late will cause many losses as the production will be slowed, and the machine can be beyond repair. As a business owner, you can introduce a reliability culture where if there is an issue, it’s solved before the equipment gets operational again. Any ignorant operator should be held accountable to ensure there adhere to the rules. You should also ensure you create a good relationship with your workers so they can freely raise any issue they notice.
- Lack of Preventive Maintenance
Most people ignore the need for preventive measures until an equipment failure. When starting a business, most people are cautious and conduct regular inspections, but this culture seems to end when they see the equipment working just fine. Most time, reduced equipment productivity in the early stages often go unnoticed, and most companies lack efficient planning to ensure equipment maintenance is conducted. Companies must track their equipment and have a good maintenance schedule. Taking preventive maintenance will help increase your equipment life and increase productivity. With this maintenance, some problems become inexpensive to solve before a severe breakdown.
The above methods will ensure your equipment is well maintained, which helps to make them more efficient and productive. Ensure you have the right inventory strategies to ensure the right spare parts are available in case of maintenance or malfunction.