You can hear it in the school buses making their rounds again. See it in the first leaves that are just starting to drop outside your window. And if those signs were too subtle, you’ll know it’s fall because pumpkin spice is everywhere! In our industry, the changeover from summer to fall means it’s time to prepare for that the big end-of-the-year push. Are you and your machines ready?
Now is the perfect time to review your binders, stitchers, and other finishing equipment to get them in tip-top shape for the crunch time ahead. Schedule a maintenance check or set up an MMInspect appointment to have a qualified Müller Martini technician go over your equipment. Our comprehensive inspections can also save you time and money; it usually costs much less to have machines repaired than replaced. In addition, inspections help prevent major repairs or, even worse, equipment failure.
It’s never a good idea to take any unnecessary chances with your equipment, but especially this time of year. If you need to replace a part, remember that you and your equipment are best served using original OEM parts that are made specifically for your machine to ensure it runs up to its potential. Think there isn’t a difference between OEM and generic parts? Think again! The more generic the part, the more risks for machine breakdown. A good example of this is belts. OEM belts are made of a specific material to alleviate the stressors the belts were engineered to endure. A third-party belt that’s not constructed of that precise material may cause slippage and timing errors. So, although an aftermarket belt is priced at $10 less, it costs significantly more in downtime and lost productivity. You can read more about OEM parts here: Why Should You Choose OEM Parts?
Now is also the perfect time to remind you that our entire Müller Martini parts team is here for you, whenever you need us. Even if you run into a problem during a late-night run or weekend, you can reach us 24/7 through our after-hours emergency phone service. And don’t forget the power of MPower website, where you have round-the-clock access to information right at your fingertips. In addition to convenient 24/7 parts ordering, MPower allows you to review and track personalized account information, such as:
- Open orders with anticipated delivery dates.
- Current quotes which can be updated when you’re ready to make a purchase.
- Recent shipments, as well as tracking information, and access to invoices and packing lists.
- Recent service calls with technician notes.
- Your installed machines and their documentation.
- Active service agreements.
As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” A little prevention now will go a long way toward ending the year successfully.