Maintaining the highest level of functionality for your equipment is essential for any business. To ensure that your equipment lasts as long as possible, it is important to create a maintenance program that includes regular inspections and repairs. There are two types of key performance indicators that companies can track to monitor the effectiveness of their equipment maintenance strategy. In this article, we will discuss the most popular maintenance strategies, the unique objectives and benefits of each, and how to set up a cost-effective equipment maintenance program.
For instance, your motor grader needs certain types of maintenance every 500 hours. These tasks include replacing oil, air and fuel filters, changing the hydraulic tank, lubricating the bearings and gears, and inspecting the fuel tank covers. To keep track of these maintenance requirements, the company records the number of hours the motor grader is used each day and, when it reaches an interval of 500 hours, schedules a maintenance inspection. Once you have a list of equipment that needs to be maintained regularly, it's time to create the maintenance program.
Companies can opt for a manual or computerized system when it comes to choosing equipment maintenance software. After collecting all the necessary data on your capital assets, you can estimate the approximate use of the equipment.
Benefits of Regular MaintenanceWhen proper regular maintenance is applied to equipment, its production is maximized and its useful life is increased. First of all, if you want to create a work order for a specific team, it's much easier to do so if the team is already in the CMMS database.
During the first few months, it is important to check if technicians follow the new procedures, record everything they need in the equipment maintenance log, and correctly use the available CMMS functions.
Sensors for Critical EquipmentIf you have the budget for it, buying some sensors for your most critical equipment is a welcome advantage. Start with high-value equipment and start scheduling maintenance tasks first at longer intervals (annually and then biennially), as they consume more time and resources. Costs of Equipment Downtime Every piece of equipment you use will suffer wear and tear and will ultimately cause equipment failure.
If you consider the list above and add the possible impact on brand reputation, the real cost of equipment downtime can be devastating. However, PdM can be expensive, and it's rarely worth implementing an expensive strategy for relatively cheap equipment. The maintenance software you use should be able to provide you with sufficient data to properly optimize your equipment's maintenance program over time.