If you have not looked into the possibilities of dry ice blasting before, there’s no better time than right now. The number of ways in which the technique can be used means that it is a very useful tool for any number of companies that Continue reading Why dry ice blasting is a godsend to the oil and gas industry
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Good lubricants from the likes of Q8 and Shell may not all be cheap, but they are extremely important to the smooth running of machinery and the businesses that use them. This is why it is so important that anyone who uses them on Continue reading Achieve lubrication excellence with these great tips
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One of the biggest causes of machinery failure, just behind failed seals and worn packings, is bearing failure. Bearings are not cheap and they are much more involved in the operation of machinery than most people realise, which is why it is so important that they are well looked after.
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It is all too easy to prevent workplace accidents and safety issues by simply putting into practice basic measures. By ensuring that all staff have basic safety training, that there is no reason why anyone should be injured when working with lubricants, like those from Shell and Mobil, in an industrial setting. Below, you will find a few basic tips for remaining safe when handling petroleum-based products: Continue reading 5 tips for handling industrial lubricants safely
Lubricant starvation is a very serious problem when it comes to expensive machinery. If there is not enough lubricant present in a piece of equipment, things can go downhill quickly and machinery can easily wear or break. That is why it is so important that you are able to recognize the tell-tale signs of lubrication as soon as they begin to occur. Continue reading What are the tell-tale signs of lubricant starvation?
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Whatever industry you may work in, the one thing that you will absolutely want to avoid is employing the practice of reactive maintenance. This is basically the practice of fixing a problem after it has occurred, rather than taking preventative measures to stop it happening in the first place.
Reactive maintenance will increase your maintenance costs significantly, make your business less efficient and can even stop production in its tracks.
What is proactive maintenance?
A much better strategy for your company would be to utilize the process of proactive maintenance. Proactive maintenance is a process which involves keeping on top of maintenance, and doing everything you can to keep machines in optimum condition at all times. You can do this by ensuring that your maintenance team monitors, manages and works on machinery on a constant basis, taking preventative measures to stop small issues from becoming big problems in the long term.
Switching to a proactive maintenance workplace
Changing from a reactive to a proactive maintenance strategy is something that will definitely pay off in terms of efficiency and money savings, but it is by no means an easy thing to do. However, it is certainly something worth transitioning to if you are able to do so.
One of the first things that you will need to do if you want to be proactive about maintenance is install a computerized management system, which is tailored to your organization, and which will be able to collate and analyze large volumes of data.
By using this kind of system, you will be able to plan and schedule preventative maintenance of things like lubrication levels on a regular basis so that you can be sure that the right procedures are being carried out at the optimum time. This can ensure breakdowns are few and far between, and that your company is working as efficiently as possible.
The other thing that you will absolutely need to do if you want to implement proactive maintenance is to train your frontline staff, so that they know how to assess machinery, what to look for in terms of potential problems, why machinery usually fails etc. Once they are armed with this knowledge, they will be in a much better position to spot issues as they arise and take action to prevent more serious problems further down the line.