Material handling equipment failures are bound to happen—especially within industrial settings where they are in constant operation.
To combat wear and tear and extend the life expectancy of equipment, fully comprehensive maintenance plans should be implemented.
What exactly is preventative maintenance?
Preventative maintenance (PM) is regular, interval maintenance of overhead crane equipment systems and infrastructure consisting of lubrication, cleaning, replacements, and repairs.
It’s basically routine health-checkups for your machinery. Compared to reactive maintenance, the goal is to catch small issues before they become dangerous problems that affect the entire system and cause fatal accidents.
There are 3 main elements that make up preventative maintenance:
It’s methodical & systemic—meaning that it’s planned based on the needs of the equipment and is calculated based on the average run time of your equipment.
It’s performed on a set schedule—it’s set on a schedule; much like an oil change for your vehicle.
It seeks to reduce or minimize potential risk areas—basically, you want to find the loose bolts and tighten them up before your system comes undone.