It’s that time of the year again where many plants shut down for a couple of weeks over the summer, but do you take advantage of the planned downtime to make sure that your automation equipment is not only running at its full potential, but also more reliable?
Many companies take the opportunity to overhaul their motors during the shutdown, but less use it as the chance to also service automation equipment like their variable speed drives and HMIs.
Planned maintenance is the best way to ensure you don’t end up with costly, inconvenient downtime further down the line at the most inopportune moment.
Why carry out planned maintenance?
Many parts have components in them that degrade with age like most things. You wouldn’t buy a brand new car and never service it, for example, so why do the same with your automation equipment? Items like variable speed drives contain capacitors which will eventually dry out and cause failure. Replacing these before they get chance to cause any damage significantly increases the lifespan of a drive.
Other benefits include:
* Reduced costs of replacements and long-term savings on maintenance and emergency repairs
* Improved production due to reduced downtime
* Improved reliability
* Allows you to detect potential failures early
* Ensures you avoid unexpected equipment failures
* Allows you to monitor the efficiency and if this can be improved
If you already have planned maintenance in place, shutdown periods are also a great time to plan for new projects and ensure everything is in place to make for smooth installation.
Nothing lasts forever, but you can get the most out of your equipment with a bit of planning and care. Most automation equipment outlasts the manufacturer’s warranty, planning your maintenance carefully and thoroughly makes it go even further.
We can help you with your plan. Drop us an email on [email protected] or call us on +44 (0) 1254 673747 to discuss your service requirements.