Wholesale & Distribution International - Fall 2017 - 11
Equipment breakdowns are inevitable.
Over time, lifts, fans, overhead doors, and
other equipment take on wear and tear
from regular usage. A preventive maintenance program allows you to spot that
wear and tear before it creates a problem.
It also allows you to perform tasks that
slow down the inevitable breakdowns.
Replacing parts, changing fluids, and
performing inspections keep your equipment functioning at its best and protects
your warranties. Properly functioning
equipment also uses less energy than
neglected machines, which lowers your
company's power costs.
When you take care of your equipment
proactively, you extend its lifespan. Fewer breakdowns translates to fewer largescale equipment overhauls. As you know
well, equipment isn't cheap, so the more
hours you can get from each piece saves
you money in the long run. And when
you spend more of your time using your
equipment instead of having to service
and replace it, you can focus more on
meeting customer needs.
SAFER WORKING CONDITIONS
Worker safety is always a top priority.
Safety programs not only protect the people who keep your facility running from
harm, they also prevent costly downtime
and workers' compensation claims. Regular preventive maintenance can lead to
improved safety and quality conditions
for everyone. Performing routine checks
and regular maintenance tasks allows
you to uncover any hazards and prevent
unsafe working conditions. Workers can
feel safe knowing that they are using tools
and equipment that are regularly serviced and functioning properly.
AN ENHANCED REPUTATION
Cost, performance, and safety are the primary incentives to implement a preventive maintenance program, but you can
also benefit from the improved reputation that it offers. A reactive approach to
maintenance leads to all the negative side
of the things listed previously - more
downtime, lower equipment efficiency
and unsafe working conditions, among
others. With safety being a major concern
for warehouses and distribution centers,
your competitors, customers, and potential employees will notice that negative
impact. If you're constantly having to
delay or stop work, or deal with accidents
and injuries, your reputation will suffer.
Routine preventive maintenance is
necessary for you to keep your company
operating at its best. A company that always delivers on customer expectations
and creates a safe environment for employees will have a positive reputation.
To meet your customers' expectations,
you need to be able to rely on your facility and equipment to function optimally.
The trickle-down effect of unplanned
downtime can be devastating - employees are idle, shipments are halted, and
your customers are disappointed. A reactive approach to maintenance puts you
on the defensive, creating fire drills that
could be avoidable. These unexpected
breakdowns will usually require paying
a technician overtime and overnighting
parts to get your facility back up and running as quickly as possible.
Taking a preventive approach allows
you to minimize disruptions in your
operations. You can plan maintenance
checks around your schedule, ensuring
that they don't impact service. As a result, you're able to save valuable time and
money while also keeping your equipment functioning properly.
IMPLEMENTING A PROGRAM
Implementing a preventive maintenance
program will require some initial investment of time and money, but it won't take
long for you to reap the rewards of that
investment. One way to approach it is to
work with an outsourced facility services
provider to implement the program for
you. They can not only provide standard
protocols and best practices, but also will
deliver on service level agreements to
If you've previously relied on a reactive
maintenance strategy and want a solution that will save you time and money
and increase your employees' safety, a
preventive maintenance program is the
best approach to take with your facility
Eric Kirchhoefer is the vice president, sales
and national accounts for ABM. Over the
course of his tenure, he has helped develop
and direct the company's overall sales and
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