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Implement a Solid PM Program to Reduce Repair Costs & Downtime

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:

  1. 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.
  2. It’s performed on a set schedule—it’s set on a schedule; much like an oil change for your vehicle.
  3. 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.
The benefits for implementing preventative maintenance are simple: it’s cost effective, increases equipment life span, and enhances safety measures.
The problem with reactive maintenance is that it’s performed AFTER there is an existing problem. For example, reactive maintenance would be getting your overhead crane repaired after it has begun stalling; preventative maintenance would be having an expert perform a routine cleaning to ensure the hoist and trolley motors are working properly.
The biggest downside to reactive maintenance is the downtime and production loss. For every hour your crane is tagged out, you’re losing big on meeting production goals and will likely make up for it by paying overtime labor. According to research conducted by Deloitte, the lack of a proper maintenance strategy can reduce production capacity by up to 20%.
We understand it’s difficult for a busy company to keep up with preventative maintenance on several systems with busy production schedules—which is why we offer preventative maintenance services.
We’ll set up a predetermined schedule based on your equipment and production needs and provide the experts to get the job done right.
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About Ana C. Coronel

A digital native and experienced marketing project manager, Ana is the trusted communicator for MHS customers about all things cranes. She helps customers understand how MHS improves operational workflows and increases equipment life by connecting them with the experienced engineering and service teams.