The advantage of a preventative maintenance program

Why you should schedule upkeep on your equipment, according to the experts at FMH Material Handling Solutions, Inc.
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What is Preventive maintenance or PM service? It is the regular maintenance of your machinery to lessen the possibility of it failing. It protects you from extra cost and prolongs the life of your equipment.

A PM program is conducted while the machinery is still functioning. This saves the equipment from being out of commission for long periods of time. By finding and correcting possible issues in the machinery before it stops working, you are left with extra time to be productive, which allows for higher profit. When your equipment is out of service it can impact your business in a negative way.

Just like maintaining your wellbeing, tending to your equipment regularly is equally important. Your machines are essential. They are a large expense. To protect your asset, regular maintenance should be done. Specific pieces and parts on your equipment are prone to wear and tear due to regular usage. Preventive maintenance can help you protect the performance and efficiency of your equipment.

With a PM program, flat rate pricing and warranty are offered at sign on. This can save you and your company hundreds or even thousands a year. A standard PM service should be maintained every 200-250 hours for normal usage. A more extensive service might be recommended by different manufacturers at 1,000-2,000 hours additional, which is not covered by a standard PM program. Your PM technician will give you recommendations based on your needs.

Your technician will play a critical role in troubleshooting your equipment. You want to choose a knowledgeable technician who can diagnose all machinery in different conditions. He or she must be able to complete the job safely and be able to communicate with you on possible issues you may run into. Building a trusting relationship with your PM technician will allow you to get the guidance needed for your situation. He or she will be able to assist you in finding the right parts or shop for the service. You will see your PM technician anywhere from four (4) to twelve (12) times a year.

PM procedures include, but not limited to, checking tires for threading and chunking, brakes and clutch test, horn and hydraulic function, forward and reverse transition, back up alarm operation, operator restraint and light checks, electrical analysis, oil and filter change and overall visual inspection for leaks and fluid levels.

Unexpected maintenance can be a major cost to the company. Planned maintenance can reduce the amount you spend yearly. When maintenance is scheduled ahead of time, the costs can be reduced drastically.

Shawn E Shawn Easter is the General Service Manager for FMH Material Handling Solutions.

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