In industries with even a remote connection with goods and physical materials, a lot of important responsibility lies on the shoulders or joints of material handling equipment. This equipment is responsible for building the backbone of an efficient and productive product based industry. They help in storing, handling, transporting, lifting, etc. of both raw materials and the finished goods.
When tools like industrial trolleys, shelves, lifts, or hoists fail, there is a loss of both productivity and operational profits. The whole balance of the industrial unit’s functioning goes haywire. This means additional costs and reduction in overall profits. While repairs can lower the impact of the work, there is still some effect on the process. But this can be corrected by applying some principles of preventive maintenance.
Here are the reasons why preventive maintenance is so important for material handling equipment –
Safe Working Environment
Malfunctioning equipment can lead to catastrophic failures. And in such situations, not only the tool is damaged, but the worker using the tool can also be injured which can lead to tough liability and legal issues. This can lead to loss of time and a dent in the efficiency of the workflow.
There are certain manufacturers’ and regulation detailed guidelines on what makes a system safe and stable to use. They give you details on how to keep your equipment safe and maintained to create a safer work environment.
The Equipment Works Better
No just safety, a preventive maintenance plan can also mean you can minimize the chances of faulty equipment. This ensures that the equipment keeps working even in adverse conditions without any issues. PM systems and plans help you catch the problems before they occur. This gives you enough opportunity to replace the faulty and non-functioning tools without bringing the whole system to a halt.
It is a universal fact, repairs are inherently more expensive than a good PM system. The longer you keep the equipment without maintenance the higher will be the repair or replacement costs. Equipment in industrial units is replaced all the time. It is easier and cost effective to replace the equipment when it is still in working conditions.
Routine maintenance plans do not cost much but are just as effective. It always makes more sense to run the equipment in stable condition than to let them deteriorate without any maintenance. Downtimes always add costs to your system. So to prevent downtimes, you should be looking at implementing a preventive maintenance plan for your material handling equipment.