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Is It Time to Replace Your Manufacturing Equipment?

By Business Desk

Saturday, February 13, 2021.

Business owners in the manufacturing industry need to consider the importance of having an efficient production process, where all the machines are operating coherently. Delays in production and dispatch of goods and products ordered by customers can spark the difference between clients choosing to partner with your brand or seek an alternative option. As a manufacturing business owner, you need to make sure that your company remains competitive and sustainable over the long run.

One right way of guaranteeing that your manufacturing business remains atop of the competition to establish itself as a market leader is by coming up with practical policies related to the servicing of machinery within your company. 

Below are some helpful factors that manufacturing businesses need to bear in mind before servicing their machines, such as conveyor belts:

Determine the Extent of the Damage 

Before you do anything, you first need to assess the damage. Damage such as a minor tear to a conveyor belt may not significantly risk the spillage of goods, resulting in low-quality products, for example. Since it is not significant damage, one can set aside a pre-scheduled time, preferably during manufacturing downtime, to allow maintenance to be conducted. However, manufacturing business owners need to bear in mind that a conveyor belt replacement may be necessary when more than 25% of the conveyor width endures damage. When the belt reaches this point, it is important to replace it; otherwise, you risk your company struggling to maintain the workload that your conveyor has been doing up until now. 

Establish Whether it is Worth Temporarily Repairing

Temporarily opting to service your machinery is an option that can be explored by the maintenance personnel. The last thing you want as a manufacturer is to cause your B2B consumers to experience delays in receiving their goods. 

Additionally, failing to seek out temporary repair options for your manufacturing plant’s equipment can result in operational inefficiencies, which, if they happen consistently, can affect the company’s performance in the market place. You could face negative reviews online, making it harder to gain new customers and experience a loss of customers (and revenue) to competitors.

Ensure You Have Adequate Time at Hand 

Before endeavoring to service or replace equipment, business owners need to consider the time it will take for either of the processes to be accomplished. There’s always the option of diverting the transportation of products from the manufacturing zone to the docking zone to another warehouse; however, this might cost you more money and time in the long run.

If you have pre-scheduled manufacturing orders in addition to the loading and fulfillment of customer orders, this can make the decision to replace or repair your equipment much easier. If you can outsource while the repairs are going on, the entire manufacturing process doesn’t have to come to a standstill, either. 

Nonetheless, if the shifting process is not possible, it’s prudent to establish how much time replacing or servicing the equipment is going to consume before the manufacturing process resumes. However, the longer you leave it, the more damage you could be causing, which is a danger to your employees and your business. 

Is It Time to Replace Your Manufacturing Equipment?

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