6 Urgent Reasons To Consider An Essential Maintenance Program
By Roger Costa
“Nothing lasts forever…”
“Especially in fast-paced facilities, where operations are working harder and harder to keep up with the pace of business.”
It’s probably what vendors in charge of servicing equipment have been telling you all along.
And while it’s true that even the toughest equipment will eventually fall victim to wear-and-tear damage in harsh environments…
Here’s what’s conveniently being left out:
Not every bit of wear-and-tear actually requires your immediate attention.
Given everything you have on your plate already—scheduled tasks, employee meetings, piles of paperwork, etc…
It’s the “essential requirements” that deserve your attention more than anything else…
The very same ones that could leave you exposed to downtime, safety hazards, and compliance risks, if left unchecked.
But where others are hesitant to draw lines between what can and cannot wait, it’s only right, for the sake of facility operations…
That you’re finally made aware of these 6 urgent requirements an essential maintenance program will keep you prepared for—at all times!
6 MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS
CRITICAL TO FACILITY OPERATIONS
1. OPERATIONAL WORKFLOW
One of the primary functions of equipment is to allow people and goods to move from one place to another. Without this it simply isn’t feasible to make or distribute any of your products—let alone receive payment for getting them into the hands of your customers.
Yet, when equipment designed to facilitate operational workflow fails, what often follows is a sudden break in the action that can force productivity to come to a standstill, for as long as the problem remains unresolved.
Fortunately, this an area where an essential maintenance program performs at its best, by routinely assessing wear-and-tear damage to workflow-related equipment, prior to taking care of repairs that are necessary to keeping facility operations in motion and productivity on track!
2. EQUIPMENT INTEGRITY
For mission-critical equipment to function properly it must be working together as a unit, like it was originally intended. Only then can it actually serve its purpose without becoming unreliable or turning into a flat-out liability that causes way more problems than it solves.
But in the likely event that one or more integral parts of equipment were to reach the point of no return, or come undone, it would not be out of the question to assume catastrophic failure for the entire system.
Unless, of course, you were covered by an essential maintenance program that focused strictly on uncovering the most severe forms of wear-and-tear damage, while at the same time providing high-priority repairs to equipment that can’t be allowed to fail!
3. SAFETY AND EHS
Equipment that’s specifically designed to protect your products, processes, and personnel from environmental hazards should never be overlooked. On the contrary, they deserve the utmost attention, considering they’re an object of extreme scrutiny from outside regulators.
In fact, even the slightest breach could be a huge cause for concern, since it would likely be found in violation of compliance protocols, which often carry strict penalties like mandatory fines and shutdowns.
Given this strong emphasis placed on environmental safety, an essential maintenance program would be able to prove its merit by anticipating any immediate concerns (no matter how small) and bringing a swift resolution to dangerous threats—before the damage is done!
Optimal security, both inside and outside of facilities, depends on integrated measures that can respond at a moment’s notice. This way, you and personnel don’t have to feel increasingly vulnerable, compromised, or unprepared in case of a serious and unforeseen accident threat.
Still, accidents can happen, and if existing equipment isn’t up to task of performing its security functions right when you need them, then the consequences could lead to prolonged facility exposure and even physical damage.
The good news is, an essential maintenance program keeps all of this under control for you by closely monitoring your security equipment and making sure to correct any irregular protocols, long before they even have the chance of backfiring on the things that matter most!
5. FIRE STANDARDS
Fire standards are there to protect facility operations from literally going up in flames. For this reason, they should always be treated with extreme caution—should you ever have to rely on them to insulate you from the devastating effects of unexpected fire incidents.
But aside from being legally enforced, it goes without saying that even smallest oversight could put your property and equipment at risk, while also endangering the lives of innocent people who are simply doing their job.
Extremely vigilant, therefore, of the dangers and legal requirements surrounding fire safety, one of the top priorities an essential maintenance program would tackle immediately would be the appropriate testing and repair of fire-rated equipment that isn’t up to code!
Given the highly infectious spread of COVID-19, sanitation is a hot-button issue of epic proportions that won’t be going away any time soon, for the simple reason that everybody is at risk of being dangerously exposed.
That said, if there’s one thing you can count on it’s that the basic measures you’ve come to rely on will no longer be tolerated, since sanitary procedures are sure to become stricter than at any time in the past.
Because of this, an essential maintenance program that adheres to the latest federal and state guidelines for sanitation control could simply not come at better time, since it will ultimately prevent you and everyone you come into contact with at your facilities from getting infected!