preventative maintenance

Preventative maintenance strategies to keep your factory going

There is no way to prevent a factory from having an unscheduled shutdown from time to time. However, there are ways to prevent many of the equipment failures that can cause these shutdowns. One of the easiest preventative measures is conducting proactive, rather than reactive, maintenance. An analysis by ABB’s Process...

How to manage the risks of obsolete technologies

With all of the new automation and data collection technologies emerging today, its hard to know what will be a good, long-term investment and what will become obsolete and inevitably need to be replaced. Because budgets are a little bit tighter than they once were, there is more thought going...

Signs of Flood Damaged Equipment

In a perfect world, factory equipment damaged by flooding would find its way to the landfill, unfit for use after spending time (sometimes even days) underwater. However commercial consumers, especially small business owners should, be on the look out for flood damaged goods be sold at rock bottom prices. There are a few...

A Look at the Maintenance Management Systems

To avoid the costs, time and production lost from a mechanical breakdown, manufacturing companies have developed a handful of processes concepts and strategies. These maintenance management systems each control the tasks required to keep a machine functioning. They also dictate the way in which manufacturers address the breakdown of company machinery. Deciding which...

Resolving the Drug Shortage of 2011

In the early months of 2011, the drug manufacturing industry was abuzz with the large number of drug shortages that affected several companies throughout the industry. Although injectable drugs were the most affected, doctors found themselves restricting many high profile drugs due to the shortage. There were many causes, the...

Have you considered using thermal imaging?

Preventative maintenance is all about finding the problem and fixing it before it a disaster occurs. To that end, researchers are constantly working to develop new ways to spot problems. Thermal imaging, examining the factory equipment with an infrared camera, is one such solution. The thermal imaging cameras don't just see into...

Maintaining an environment of accountability

In a manufacturing enterprise, the safety of workers has to be an omnipresent concern, from line workers to plant managers to administration. A company which is unable to guarantee the safety of its workers (within reason) is in no position to be providing its customers with quality products, and chances...

The Importance of Temperature Controls

The simple thermostat is one of the overlooked mechanisms within the plant that actually affect several areas of production. The temperature in the plant regulates not only comfort amongst employees, but also the time it takes to complete a process. The levels of heat and cold...

The Hazards of Defective Product Returns

Product defects are problematic for customers, manufacturers, and even the legal system. In truth, product defects are a symptom of larger problems within the manufacturing and distribution processes. A problem that begins as a small hiccup has grown into a full-scale crisis by the time ...

Considerations for an Emergency Management Plan

When we discussed the first steps factory managers have to take in an emergency situation, we mentioned having a clear grasp of your company's emergency plan ahead of time. Today, we'll talk about a few attributes of a fine-tuned emergency management plan. 2011 has already been a dangerous year for natural...

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