We’ve already talked about the maintenance of equipment previously, providing five effective tips, and how a cloud-based CMMS solution streamlines the entire process. However, there’s far more we wanted to cover which wasn’t possible with a single post. That being said, let’s take a look at 5 more tips that can help improve the maintenance of machinery at your facility.
5 more tips that boost maintenance of machinery
Train both operators and the maintenance team on machine maintenance
Usually, equipment maintenance training is provided only to the maintenance team members. However, organizations that are truly focused on streamlining maintenance management must include machine operators within some of the training sessions.
While machine operators don’t fix the equipment, they do need to know the do’s and don’ts of using the equipment, its limitations, and red flags. This will ensure that the machine is used properly as well as help operators understand when problems might arise so that they can notify the maintenance team immediately. A solution like CloudApper CMMS can help as operators can do so right from their smartphones – ensuring proper collaboration and reducing response times.
Ensure documentation of maintenance activities, servicing, and repairs
Effective maintenance of machinery requires organizations to keep records of all maintenance activities. For instance, whenever a representative from the manufacturer comes in, record everything necessary such as the date, information about the issue, the findings, which actions were taken, and effectiveness. Doing so not only keeps a record of everything but can also help decide which components of the equipment haven’t been serviced yet and might require it down the line.
Keep the equipment and its environment clean
While this tip about maintenance of machinery might seem quite simple, keeping both the equipment and its surroundings clean is of utmost importance. Applying lubricants and using the machine regularly will make it dirty, and if not cleaned regularly, dirt and debris might form between the components, leading to increased wear and tear, worse performance, and overheating. Moreover, such issues might also create spills and affect other machinery around it.
Having several pieces of equipment might make it difficult to keep track of which ones have been cleaned and serviced. A robust CMMS software like CloudApper’s can help keep track of the cleaning and maintenance of the equipment on all the floors and facilities right from smartphones.
Keep spare parts on hand
Spare parts are vital for ensuring effective maintenance management – they drastically minimize machine downtime.
Just imagine a scenario where a conveyor belt’s pulley needs to be replaced. If the organization doesn’t have the spare part on hand, it will need to place the order, wait while receiving it, and then install it. During the entire process, the conveyor belt must be kept offline – using it with a malfunctioning pulley can put others at risk as well as the equipment itself.
This is exactly why most CMMS solutions have a separate module for spare parts and inventory management because having them beforehand is critical for maintenance management and reducing unplanned equipment downtime.
Every piece of equipment has different maintenance requirements, and it’s virtually impossible to keep track of them all at the same time. For instance, a maintenance technician might need to check three pieces of equipment in a day, and they might not be able to recall everything down to the T.
A customizable CMMS solution like CloudApper’s can help utilize digital and custom checklists that organizations can use to streamline maintenance management tasks using smartphones. Doing so prevents missing any important steps required for proper maintenance – helping relieve some of the burden for maintenance technicians.