Why predictive maintenance is worth its weight in gold

Published on Thursday 23 November 2017 (10:48am)

When was the last time your production line was halted due to machine failure somewhere along the line? Breaks in production are frustrating at best, and extremely costly at worst. Downtime means that products are not leaving the factory to fulfil customer orders and staff are unproductive.  

Lost sales, penalties for late delivery and paying for the hours that staff are standing idle are just some of the side effects.   

Getting the line up and running again after a failure is a priority for production engineering managers across all the process industries.

One way to avoid the pain of lost production is to practice cost effective predictive maintenance. Predictive maintenance ensures the smooth running of production lines, reduces the risk of costly shutdowns and lowers costs. It also increases component life, which will keep your machines online for longer.  

Keeping production online for longer increases profits and ensures the peace of mind that machinery is safe, functions as it should and is fully compliant with industry regulations. This regular maintenance really is worth its weight in gold.

To support production engineering managers, reputable OEMs may offer regular maintenance packages of their machines. Maintenance benefits will reflect your needs, whether that is a quick response in the event of a shut down, or a regular service plan. Most packages will be based on agreed response times and frequency.

Agreed maintenance schemes ensure that you maintain your productivity by ensuring that your machines are well-maintained to prevent failure and eliminate risks from defective parts. OEMs like Yamato will also dispatch fully trained engineers who will only fit genuine spares. This will ensure that your machinery is compliant to industry regulations. Warranties can be at risk if you fail to use genuine parts.

Comprehensive packages usually see engineers respond within 12 hours of a call. This rapid response will ensure engineers check machines to ensure they are running efficiently and effectively, keeping downtime to a minimum. This is the kind of service that we offer at Yamato with our Gold service pack.

As budgets can be tight, longer response times can keep the cost of planned maintenance down. Other options can include 24-hour response time and an annual service visit with a second tier maintenance while a third tier provides a 36-hour response time. All customers have access to a free help desk.
 
Regular maintenance reduces downtime, risk and machine failures and increases component life. Keeping production online for longer increases profits and ensures the peace of mind that machinery is safe, functions as it should and is fully compliant with industry regulations.

At Yamato we offer three maintenance packages, Gold, Silver and Bronze, each delivering bespoke service levels to meet your specific requirements or fixed response times and site visit frequency.

For help and advice on all Yamato service needs call 0113 322 1546 or email service@yamatoscale.co.uk.