6 reasons why general maintenance is important

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Do you have a regular maintenance plan? 

Maintenance is not an area of your business that you want to skimp on. There are far too many major negative consequences that result in not investing in regular maintenance for a plant’s equipment and environment. Neglecting cleaning and routine maintenance could lead to production problems, higher costs in the long term, or even complete shutdowns—all of which can be avoided by having a regular maintenance plan. 

Well-maintained machinery provides many benefits, including:
 

  1. Producing higher-quality products with fewer defects and less scrap

  2. Lowering equipment breakdown and downtime

  3. Increased productivity

  4. Extended life of equipment

  5. A safer work environment 

  6. Reduced stress and increased morale

 

Let’s dive deeper into the benefits. 

1. Producing higher-quality products with fewer defects and less scrap

Machines and assets kept in clean, working condition permits them to be used at their optimum (profit-making) capacity without any interruption or hindrance. Performing in peak condition results in a higher-quality product with fewer defects and scrap. 

2. Lowering equipment breakdown and downtime

When equipment is not regularly serviced, it's more likely to break down, affecting output levels or completely shutting down the line. Breakdowns are costly and employee safety is a concern. The loss in production could result in a significant loss in profits. 

3. Increased productivity

Regular maintenance creates space for efficient and optimum output. Production has fewer interruptions, keeping your plant on track to meet production goals. 

4. Extended life of equipment

Regularly maintenanced equipment can significantly extend the useful life of machinery, improving your return on investment from these costly purchases. You can help slow the depreciation of equipment by taking good care of it on a regular basis. 

5. A safer work environment

One major way to avoid accidents and injuries outside of proper training is regular maintenance. It’s crucial to follow safety guidelines and keep machinery operating properly to avoid slips, trips, falls, fire hazards, overheating, jams, or broken belts or gears that could injure or harm a worker. It also can help avoid potential fines for noncompliance.

6. Reduced stress and increased morale

Production managers should always strive to create an environment that boosts morale. Happier employees tend to be healthier and more productive. Dealing with breakdowns and ineffective equipment leads to increased stress, a negative work environment, and higher overtime costs. 

Maintenance should be an ongoing process, not a one-time practice. Dry Ice Works specializes in customized, scheduled maintenance. 

We will work with you one-on-one to create a cleaning plan that works best for your facility and equipment. Give us a call today at (248) 356-9616 or visit dryiceworks.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

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