What is the biggest operational problem for material handlers and maintenance systems? A common first thought is the worry of “equipment failure”. Because equipment is the foundation of most business infrastructure, it tends to be a severe issue in industries as failure in even a single portion of equipment can lead to delays, complications, and supply chain suffering.
A well-planned equipment maintenance strategy is an essential component of an asset management strategy. Developing an asset management strategy is extremely beneficial for both operations and supply chain while mitigating the risk of equipment failure. Improving maintenance goes beyond just saving money, it ensures an efficient flow of business production. Maintenance strategies improve employee and customer safety by ensuring service continuity. They minimize downtime, enhance energy and costs efficiency, and optimize the performance of aging assets and equipment. Essentially, equipment maintenance strategies extend equipment’s useful service life at optimal costs, boosting utility asset management efficiency.
One of the most important steps when designing a maintenance program is to determine asset value, service capabilities, expected lifespan, and budget. This is because not all equipment holds the same significance and attention in your company. For example, the failure of non-critical properties may not create safety risks or hinder operations. With this in mind, taking a run-to-failure approach may be the most practical. However, even when the equipment isn’t completely crucial for operations or safety, maintenance can serve to enhance performance and may require more precise planning.
Preventative maintenance is a diagnostic-based strategy that keeps equipment in optimum working condition. This approach ensures reliable and safe performances by utilizing features of regular care such as inspections, equipment maintenance, and part replacement.
Using advanced diagnostic services, whether on-site or continuous, gives a complete overview of the equipment’s physical state and how it’s operating. It is suggested to use the least invasive testing methods, and NDT testing equipment to ensure quality performance without damages from invasive tests. The results allow for early risk detection by identifying weakened assets or malfunctions. This allows operators to proactively repair or replace equipment before it becomes a bigger issue. Testing with NDT equipment continues to hold an active role in business as maintenance strategies and programs become more specific to the equipment being tested.