Devising a plan to prepare for the many hidden costs of operating in the industrial space is a necessity for businesses. Though certain machinery will indicate when failure is imminent, it can be hard to track all of the signs of an entire fleet of equipment. This is why it’s in the best interest of these businesses to prepare accordingly. Throughout this post, a number of the ways that businesses attempt to reduce their costs associated with their equipment will be discussed and broken down.
It’s clear that organizations are at the mercy of their machinery. Sub-optimized machinery can result in an organization incurring additional costs that could otherwise be avoided entirely. The most sound way to ensure an organization’s machinery is operating appropriately is through maintenance, specifically proper lubrication and completing regular oil changes. Sounds easier than it is in practice, as even the most seasoned businesses can incur additional costs throughout the process.
Improper lubrication can result in some of these aforementioned costs. Of them, one of the costs is associated with all of the unnecessary oil changes that businesses tend to schedule when faced with a problem. What businesses tend to do is think that a complex problem can be solved through an oil change. When they realize that the oil change didn’t contribute anything meaningful to the condition of their equipment, it’s too late as the valuable resources and time are already wasted.
This maintenance, though businesses may think discerns the problem, actually makes the inability to address the actual issue within a machine much more clear. This inability can lead to equipment damage, with some common problems including over or under-filling the sump or reservoir; introducing contaminated or incorrect product; and even cross threading a drain plug. While it can be difficult to find the required for maintenance and subsequent downtime, it’s a must to avoid expenses adding up.
Businesses tread a very careful line when it comes to their equipment. They’re more than willing to accept a few weeks of downtime to avoid utter equipment failure. When not properly treated, the most common reason for machine failure has been attributed to bearing malfunctions. Finding replacements for these bearings, shafting or motors within a machine can cost an organization a great deal money, but are necessary investments.
To close, though it may seem nearly impossible, taking the right steps to remain prepared for these otherwise unexpected costs can make the world of difference for any business in the industrial space. There are some preventive solutions to be made for these businesses, and those are discussed in length within the infographic accompanying this post. To learn more about some of the most recent world class upgrades to machinery, be sure to take a moment to check it out. Infographic courtesy of Isomag.