Between the day-to-day operations of your facility and keeping your business running, it can be easy to neglect the maintenance and care of your facility’s machinery, equipment, nooks, and crannies. Neglecting the upkeep of your facility can lead to larger problems down the line when mechanical failures cost you time and money to get them repaired. So, to help ensure your equipment enjoy a long lifespan, here are tips for maintaining your facility.
Keep It Simple
When you’re preparing to tackle the maintenance of your entire facility, it can feel a little daunting. Remember to keep it simple. Make a checklist of the basic maintenance tasks necessary for keeping your facility running smoothly—such as keeping machinery and equipment clean, inspecting for damages, or replacing worn-out components to prevent bigger issues. Your checklist of maintenance tasks will help you formulate a plan so that your employees have a consistent schedule that ensures every aspect of your facility is being cared for.
Stainless Steel Equipment
A good tip for maintaining your facility is to invest in machinery, equipment, or components made from stainless steel. Stainless steel is renowned not only for its durability and strength but for being highly resistant to corrosion and rust. It’s unique in that it doesn’t have pores for dirt and debris to get into and decay the material. This lack of pores also makes stainless steel easy to clean, cutting down on the amount of time and effort you must put into maintenance.
Assess Your Assets
Take stock of all your equipment and keep notes on them to ensure you and your employees fully understand the machinery. Details such as equipment age, life expectancy, the warranty, and its current condition are all ways to assess what needs more maintenance or replacement before it becomes a problem. You should make sure you also note who to call or where to get spare parts if something does break down so that you can address the issue as quickly as possible.
Make a Paper Trail
As you repair and maintain the equipment, keep your work orders and maintenance reports on hand. These will be helpful to refer back to when something does go wrong with a piece of machinery, and you need to discover what the cause of the issue is. Following the paper trail you created for yourself will help you identify defects and address them quicker so that when production comes to a halt, it’s not stuck sitting around longer than it needs to.