One of the biggest mistakes companies that operate machinery – whatever industry they may be in – make is that they do not invest adequate time and money in the maintenance and upkeep of their equipment. This is because by simply investing time, energy and money in looking after machinery, they can save money in the long term, keep their business running smoothly and learn a lot about the mechanics of the equipment they operate.
When we talk of investing in maintenance, the first thing most of us will think of is money, and it is true that this is the most important form of investment we can give to the upkeep of our machinery. It is also one of the simplest to manage.
Money can be used for a number of things, including hiring the best people to advise and look after machinery, investing in high quality lubricants, like those from Fuchs, Exxon and Shell, and of course buying the best equipment in the first place.
However, it always pays to think very carefully about where you spend your money. For example, hiring outside consultants to look after your equipment may seem like a good idea, and they will be able to perfectly understand your business and equipment. However, if you spend all your money on them, and fail to employ any onsite staff, your chances of success over a long period will probably decrease, as you will not have the knowledge base you need to hand right when you need it.
Of course, money is not the only thing that you need to invest in order to ensure that your equipment is lubricated, well maintained and reliable. You also need to devote an adequate amount of time in the right way if you want to ensure that your operation is amongst the best in the world.
Most experts would agree that the best way you can spend your time as a company is that prevention is better than cure, such as regular maintenance, rather than waiting until problems emerge and using all of your resources on trying to undo the damage.
Energy is the third piece of the puzzle when it comes to investment. The best way to use the energy of your staff to your advantage is to find out what your workers are enthusiastic about and try to give them it, whether they be enthusiastic about the physical or mental aspects of the work.
Allocating the right tasks to the right staff will ensure that they bring vitality to the work, whilst wasting less time on the unimportant.