The Importance of Maintaining Your Equipment in Today's Supply Chain Climate
Due to continued pandemic-related disruptions, today’s supply chain climate faces challenge after challenge, impacting the way facilities operate. With repercussions as impactful as labor and goods shortages, evaluating business processes to help identify action that ensures operations keep moving forward is a must.
One of the many crucial operations that must stay top of mind, involves the state of equipment throughout your facility. Without properly working equipment, efficiency, productivity, and safety can quickly suffer.
Pre-COVID: The Standard for Preventative Maintenance
Fully functioning equipment can benefit from a Preventative Maintenance Program (PMP) to keep up productivity and ensure employees stay safe. In the past when supply chains were running more smoothly, ready access to new equipment was a given, and many facility managers could comfortably prioritize their service and repair needs based on their own timing.
While it has never been recommended to delay maintenance until a problem occurs, urgency might not have been as much of a factor pre-COVID. This is likely due to warehouse equipment maintenance and labor being more readily available and within acceptable industry turnaround times.
But due to the current supply chain disruptions, if you wait to consult with an expert service company, it may result in an out-of-commission piece of equipment that can lead to extended downtimes.
Supply Chain Disruptions and Their Impact On Lead Times
The limitations on resources has caused a shift in how quickly parts, labor and equipment can be available. This makes it even more important to ensure existing equipment is maintained and operational. Consider that waiting for your equipment to be red tagged before reaching out for servicing could hinder your facility’s operations and create a backlog that could have been avoided with a Preventative Maintenance Program.
Preventative Maintenance Programs and How They Can Help
Regularly servicing your equipment will not only have a positive impact on safety but also keep your business running. In addition, you’ll avoid experiencing extended downtimes caused by resource unavailability.
Preventative Maintenance Programs through a Rite-Hite representative is an ongoing schedule of regular maintenance visits designed to keep equipment in top working order and address small problems before they lead to larger issues. The benefits, including factory-trained technicians, priority scheduling, and discounted labor and parts to name a few, help keep facilities operating smoothly no matter the supply chain climate.
With the future of supply chain disruptions being up in the air, there’s no better time than today to discuss your preventative maintenance options to ensure your equipment stays up and running all year round.