Machinery repairs are integral to a functional facility, and every smart manager knows this. This is the reason why there is a need for a comprehensive maintenance programme, as this will play directly into spotting and then commissioning the necessary repairs that your suite of machinery warrants. It also helps to have a trusted third-party repair professional that you can immediately call, when the need arises.
But did you know that there are certain things that you should ensure so that you don’t just get speedy repairs but also quality repairs? Here are three of the most important of them.
Check your manual
One of the most important pieces of documentation that you have at your disposal when it comes to keeping your industrial machinery functional is your manufacturer’s manual. This should be consulted during different points throughout the lifespan of the machine: when you first install and calibrate it, when you design your maintenance programme, and when you commission repairs. This is because there may be specific technical considerations that you need to factor into the repair, can help explain the need for the repair, and prevent such a repair from happening again. Additionally, checking your manual will help ensure that you keep within the terms and conditions that help protect the product warranty.
Log every repair
Also, don’t forget to document everything that happens during the repair. This is even more important if you’re looking to outside help. You need to be able to refer to something comprehensive when you need to, for various purposes. One such example is when you want to decide whether it’s time to upgrade certain components of a machine such as air compressors that has been under multiple repairs; another instance is when you want to spot patterns that contribute to damage. Also, your team needs to be apprised of what they need to know about your machines to inform subsequent decisions properly.
Update your maintenance programme
It is also important that you take what you need from every industrial machinery repair that you commission and use the information to accordingly update your maintenance programme. For instance, if a certain piece of equipment has had the same repair multiple times, you will want to assess the operational conditions that help lead to that, and factor them into your maintenance. And when your programme is updated, make sure that your team knows so that the right measures are implemented off of the newest changes.