Plain and simple: Americans are busy, and maintenance managers in manufacturing plants are no exception. Not only is maintenance time consuming, but it also accounts for a good portion of the responsibilities on their plates. With a little advanced planning and utilizing the latest technology, however, managers can reduce the amount of time it takes to keep their plant’s equipment running reliably and efficiently.
In this post, we’ll provide 5 tips to help save you time when it comes to lubrication and preventative maintenance practices in your plant. After all, who isn’t being asked to do more with fewer resources and in less time these days?
Build out a schedule for preventative maintenance activities and stick to it.
You can waste a lot of time scrambling around if you don’t have a plan. Lay out all your tasks and plan ahead so you know exactly what needs to be addressed and when. This will reduce overtime and needing to revise the schedule due to unexpected failures. You can even use your CMMS’ features to create a schedule, or use free apps like Maxpanda (a Google Chrome extension for work order management). Sticking to your plan is the most efficient way to manage a busy schedule and coordinate all your equipment.
Automate tasks like inventory management and fluid mixing and dispensing.
This requires computerized software and corresponding hardware on your machines, but can save tons of time and prevent delays waiting on components or fluid that are part of your regular PM schedule.
One survey from IDCON showed plant maintenance professionals spent 10% of their time trying to understand what parts/components people need, and another 10% physically tracking down those items. By organizing your inventory so that you know where everything is, however, you’ll save yourself time and headaches.
Consult online directories for references.
Not sure what fluid or equipment you need? There are plenty of resources that can provide a quick answer to your question. For example, if you’re considering a CMMS or other maintenance software purchase, Capterra has a good directory that you can browse and filter based on what features you need. Likewise, industry blogs like ours offer best practices on lubrication and reliability maintenance, so they’re a helpful, comprehensive resource to bookmark and subscribe to.
Outsource/delegate your fluid needs.
Last but not least, if you have any questions or simply don’t have the time and resources to dedicate to lubrication maintenance, your fluid supplier should be more than willing to lend a helping hand. Rely on your supplier for certain things like fluid recommendations, oil analysis, and training key stakeholders on how to interpret lubrication data. You don’t need to be the expert in all fluid matters; that’s what partners are for!
At U.S. Lubricants, we go above and beyond the call of simply supplying you with fluids; our industry expertise and dedication to customer service mean we’re both knowledgeable and ready to help with any questions or needs you might have. Whether you need help with finding the ideal fluid and equipment, maintenance training, or lab analysis—if’s fluid-related, we’ll do everything we can to help; and save you tons of time and hassle in the process.
For more information about how U.S. Lubricants can help solve your fluid problems, contact Tony Springer today at TSpringer@uslube.com or by phone at (800) 490-4900 ext. 8823.