Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bustin' The Ghosts In The Machine

In any industry now, the state of your machinery is vital to your staff’s productivity. Starting a business in manufacturing or engineering means that you are placing such a reliance on the machinery’s ability to work, that you'd better have every known method of precaution in place. You'd be hard-pressed to think of any business that doesn’t use tech in one way or another, which is why you need to look after the equipment like it is a member of staff. But so many companies don’t even think about this. A ghost in the machine will have a massive impact on your business, and if you are a fresh new company, you need to get a system in place for your systems to work properly. 

The first thing to think about is a maintenance schedule. This is vital if you have purchased used equipment. While most machinery comes with its own schedule, you need to put your own in place. The key to a healthy workplace is prevention, and by helping to prolong the shelf-life of your equipment, you are prolonging the business output. The safety of your employees is all about regular checks and making sure that the equipment is fit for purpose. Even the basic instruments your employees use on a daily basis will eventually succumb to wear and tear. Using a certified calibration service is so important to maintaining the basic equipment that it can be a bit of an oversight on occasion. Calibrating all of the basic instruments is vital otherwise all of the measurements will be out of sync and the amount of time it would take to reset the machinery will equate to a big loss! So be sure to look after your equipment regardless of how recent the safety checks occurred.

Having regular checks on your equipment will take a lot off your mind, but you also need to have the most reliable contacts that you have developed a good working relationship with. The importance of having a machine repair company that can fix your equipment with a quick turnaround cannot be underestimated. If you have never suffered the headache that is equipment failure, consider yourself lucky! Having a piece of machinery fail at the worst possible time, especially in a factory or conveyor belt setup, will make a big dent in your business. And having reliable contacts to fix your equipment quickly will get your business back up and running quickly. 

And it should be a basic part of looking after any piece of equipment, but having equipment breakdown coverage as a part of your insurance policy is another must. You don’t want to be adding extra cost to your policy if a machine breaks down without the right policy in place. If you are a startup, you could go out of business before you're able to collect on the policy if you have no working equipment. Securing your equipment will make your company, and your employees, feel more secure in their work, so don’t scrimp on it.

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