Date: June 1, 2020
If you are a machine owner, you hate repairs. They bring downtime and increase costs. Hence postponing it sounds appealing. However, it is not ideal. Some of the major arguments for delays are…
- Why fix if it is not broken – It will fail at some point—and cost more to repair. Repairing early can save money down the road
- Turnaround time is too long – Every repair takes a certain amount of time and repair after failure often takes a lot longer
- We’re too busy right now – Production demands need the machine running. However, is current production more important than a future breakdown? Failure down the road could have a negative impact on long-term production
- Operators aren’t raising any red flags about machine problems – Operators might not be aware and might not communicate potential issues to keep producing
Repair before failure can help you maximize parts reuse, reduce failure costs, avoid high risk of contingent damage to other parts and prevent 90% of failures.
Let us discuss four core maintenance processes to help you avoid unscheduled downtime, lost productivity and costly repairs.
1. PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE
It is always advisable to perform high frequency, fixed-interval basic maintenance & repair activities. One can take advantage of scheduled stops and be prepared by fully planning and defining services. Some of the sample PM activities include checking your procedures, personnel, time, tools, parts, consumables and more.
2. CONDITION MONITORING
Combining traditional activities with technologies to detect potential or hidden failures is also highly recommended. Gather information from multiple sources and develop an action plan to address the issue. This can include information ranging from electronic data, fluid analysis, repair history, equipment inspection and site conditions.
3. BACKLOG MANAGEMENT
Helping the maintenance team manage the pending to-do list can also help avoid failures. Schedule repairs to enable failure prevention and perform them during convenient window of opportunity. If your machine has a defect that needs to be corrected you are already late. Technically, it is already a backlog. It is advisable to avoid such scenarios.
4. PLANNING & SCHEDULING
Achieving a high target goal—benchmark 80%— for planned and scheduled repairs. Balance resources and time. Always have clear and effective plans and activities. Roughly, there are five types of machine stoppages in equipment lifecycle which include Periodic services, Planned component replacement, Major and minor repairs, Detection routines, and Unscheduled events. Try to be attentive to these stages and act accordingly.
In conclusion, proactively addressing service issues and planning indicators can provide substantial savings. For more information on Cat® Repair Options from Al-Bahar visit – www.albahar.com/product-support/repair-options/ or talk to us to find out more by leaving an enquiry online at – www.albahar.com/contact-us/