Conveyor systems and material handling equipment show up as expensive assets on your balance sheet. Because they are such vital components to the profitability of your enterprise, it’s important that they remain constantly operational. As conveyor systems and material handling equipment are so varied in their configurations from one facility to another, developing a comprehensive preventative maintenance program can be a challenge. But the bottom line is, regular inspections and upkeep of your material handling equipment is essential to avoiding costly and disruptive repairs and ensures that you get a longer life span out of your systems.
A comprehensive custom preventive maintenance program that covers all of your conveyor systems and material handling equipment should include inspections, tunings, lubrication, cleanings and minor repairs. These efforts will not only ensure maximum uptime, they will improve your equipment longevity, boost productivity and result in maximum returns on your capital investment.
Here are the 3 big benefits of implementing a successful preventative maintenance program:
1. Less Downtime
Equipment failure means downtime, and downtime means loss of production output which in turn hurts the bottom line of your business. This is why a preventative maintenance program is so important – to ensure all of your material handling equipment keeps running smoothly. And, because you are conducting regular checks, pending problems that pose a risk to system failure can be identified and resolved immediately. If, despite all your preventative measures, a component still breaks down it will be easier to locate the fault and make the necessary repairs quickly, drastically reducing the amount of downtime.
2. Longer Equipment Life
A comprehensive preventative maintenance program ensures that your equipment is always operating at its peak performance level. This means less wear and tear of moveable components and ensures that parts that need it are well lubricated, which will extend the life of your equipment. Bear in mind, the cost of maintaining your equipment on a regular basis pales in comparison to the expense of replacement. Plus, an added benefit of properly maintained equipment is that machines running at optimum levels are also more energy efficient, resulting in lower utility bills.
3. More Reliable Operation
Conveyors and material handling equipment have many moving parts. With regular inspections and a comprehensive maintenance program, potential faults can be identified and corrective actions taken. These preventative measures will help avoid minor issues ballooning into major problems that could disrupt operations. Keeping records of your inspection and maintenance activities will also help in planning service schedules ahead of time, to coincide with lulls in business activities and minimize operational disruptions. With proper documentation of service activities, you will also be able to recognize patterns in maintenance requirements and determine a service schedule that will ensure uninterrupted output from your material handling equipment.
Well maintained equipment will result in less wear and tear, fewer shutdowns and lower repair costs. Before operating your conveyor system or material handling equipment give Mainway a shout – we’ll keep you rolling!
Why Choose Mainway?
We are integrators, not manufacturers. That’s why we can work with all major brands of conveying and material handling systems. Whether your facility has equipment from one supplier or a combination of manufacturers, we will source the right solution for your needs.
Mainway’s turn-key approach ensures that nothing is overlooked. Our team will deliver ongoing lifecycle support and post installation preventative maintenance programs to keep your system operating at maximum efficiency. Call us today for a customized evaluation and maintenance program for your conveying system and associated material handling equipment.