Many companies don’t plan maintenance. Instead, they take a reactive approach that may, at first, save some money. For example, a binder breaks down because of what looks like a simple bearing failure. A less expensive, non-OEM part replaces the bearing. But a week or so later the machine breaks down again since the bearing didn’t fit properly. What’s worse is that incorrect part is now impacting other components and causing the machine to overheat. And, those components are twice as expensive to replace—and even more critical to the machine’s overall operability.
Too often, reactive maintenance is about expedience, not solutions. Conversely, preventive maintenance is a long-term strategy with scheduled machine upkeep that addresses issues often before they result in serious—and costly—downtime. A typical maintenance programs include regular lubrication and cleaning, adjustments, repairs, replacement parts, and upgrades. The end result? Optimum productivity is achieved no matter how old or new the machine.
Studies show that the benefits of a preventive maintenance program far outweigh its costs. If your facility is using “band aids,” why not consider transitioning to a preventive maintenance strategy which will ultimately yield a more stress-free and productive bindery operation.