Strategies for Reducing Downtime
Unplanned downtime has the potential to cripple even the most efficient organizations. While some downtime is unavoidable because of situations outside of your control, such as: utility failure, supply chain disruption, or natural disaster, there are steps to take to reduce unexpected production shutdowns from occurring.
Track Downtime Accurately
Implementing a system for accurately tracking and recording downtime is essential for root cause analysis. By cataloging downtime, you can analyze the cause of system failures, allow prioritization of corrective actions, and reduce the odds of future production stalls.
Invest in the Right Equipment
The failure of a single piece of equipment can bring production to a grinding halt. High quality, high equipment yields reliable results. Invest in quality equipment that is performance matched to your process or application, and replace aging or obsolete equipment with the latest technologies. While bargain-priced equipment may save a few dollars in the short term, it will cost more when the cost of repairs and production losses are factored into the equation. At Dixon Pumps, we design and manufacture high quality pumps and systems that are durable and dependable, and we have the technical expertise to make sure the solution matches your application.
Regularly Service Your Equipment
An adequately trained workforce operating equipment properly and to its full potential will also prevent failures. However, every piece of equipment requires regular servicing. Lack of routine maintenance is one of the leading causes of equipment malfunction and breakdown. Plan and schedule preventive maintenance, assign staff to oversee its execution and ensure the proper tools and resources to complete the job are in place.
Downtime is inevitable, but well-maintained equipment operated by a capable staff minimizes the risk. However, when outages occur, it is wise to have a plan of action and backup systems available to restore production to its peak capacity.