Wholesale & Distribution International - Fall 2017 - 10
PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE IS A MUST FOR
DISTRIBUTORS. BY ERIC KIRCHHOEFER
There are two common approaches to keeping things
running smoothly in your
warehouse or distribution
center: proactive and reactive. The reactive approach
is common in many environments - facility managers often wait until machinery breaks down or there is
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a problem, and then attend
to those issues as needed.
A proactive approach to maintenance
places emphasis on routinely addressing
facility concerns and equipment upkeep
to prevent issues. Regular inspections
allow you to identify and correct potential problems before they happen. In addition to inspections, minor equipment
maintenance, cleaning and seasonal adjustments are all key components of a
strong preventive maintenance program.
A preventive maintenance program is an
important component of operating at
maximum effectiveness. Not only does
it ensure that your equipment is running
properly, it also promotes employee safety and prevents you from having to make
costly repairs down the road.
Companies that choose to switch from
reactive to proactive maintenance can
save thousands of dollars a year. While
your exact cost savings will vary based on
the industries you serve, the equipment
you use, the size of your facility, and other
specifics, it's generally accepted that reactive maintenance will cost you three to
four times more than a preventive maintenance program.
Cost is just one of the benefits of a
preventive maintenance program. Implementing this kind of strategy can also
lead to reduced downtime, increased
equipment efficiency and performance,
safer working conditions and even an improved reputation.