In order to ensure that machines are optimally functional and do not cause downtime, facilities should establish a plan of action which will create opportunities for preventive maintenance and boost equipment reliability.
Identify plan components
Before an organization can establish a maintenance program that increases equipment reliability, plant managers and supervisors must take a few items into account. TBM Consulting Group suggested first investigating the current state of the facility, which can be used a progress benchmark later on. Key workers should identify the critical equipment of the organization, and determine what maintenance is already being performed and how often these tasks are taking place. Once these aspects have been decided, the organization can establish their maintenance plan. During this time, those creating the program should keep in mind that the end goal should be preventive maintenance, which can significantly boost the reliability of the company's assets and prevent downtime.
What the plan should encompass
To guarantee the success of a plan in place for preventive predictive maintenance, the program should include equipment condition monitors. This technology can mean the difference between performing scheduled updates and fixes versus taking a component offline due to a breakdown. Such a system can alert plant employees when a machine is in danger of failure and allow for predictive maintenance to be performed before the problem becomes a bigger issue.
TBM Consulting Group also suggested creating a maintenance skills assessment as well as a skills matrix for employees as part of an equipment reliability strategy. This step can help identify any gaps in employees' knowledge and address them.
Once a maintenance plan has been established, Stellar Food for Thought recommended ensuring that workers have gone through proper education training about the overall program and understand what equipment is included. In this way, these individuals can foster the success of the maintenance method and boost equipment reliability.
In addition to maintenance, machinery cleaning should also be included in the program. This step can minimize the effects of wear and tear on key components, as well as reduce repair and replacement costs, according to Stellar Food for Thought.
Organizations can also consider investing in equipment redundancy, which can keep the plant operating if a machine does need to be taken off the line for maintenance. Managers should turn to their key employees to identify the components that could cause drastic downtime and consider duplicating these systems.
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