If your job is to manage the reliability of heavy machinery you may feel like most of your time is spent running away from failure, so why are so many machines managed under a run-to-failure maintenance strategy? Certainly there are cases where run-to-failure makes short term financial sense, and even a few cases where run-to-failure saves money over the long term, but these instances are rare to say the least. With that said here are the top 5 reasons to avoid running your machinery to failure.
Top 5 Reasons to Avoid the Run-to-Failure Approach
Reason #1: High Risk
One industrial accident could put you out of business. Worker safety should always be paramount, and one consequence of a run-to-failure mentality is that when failure does eventually happen it can be devastating.
Well-maintained machines fail less often and less spectacularly than neglected equipment. With Machine Saver’s line of vibration sensors you can be sure that your equipment is running within specification, and if it isn’t you can shut it down before it shuts you down.
Machine Saver’s vibration sensors will keep your equipment running smoothly so nothing shuts you down.
Reason #2: Unplanned Downtime is Inconvenient
Unplanned downtime is far more expensive than planned downtime.
Imagine you’re on the hook to deliver 100,000 widgets by next week and the main motor driving your plant disintegrates due to lack of maintenance. Lead time on a new motor is two weeks not including installation time. Now you have an angry customer, perhaps a lost customer, and the delay may make it impossible to keep up with future commitments.
All of this could have been avoided with vibration monitoring from Machine Saver and proper preventative maintenance.
Reason #3: Emergencies Are More Expensive
Emergency repairs cost more than scheduled repairs.
If your vibration sensing equipment tells you that your equipment is running non-optimally you can schedule downtime for inspection, preventative maintenance, or repair. When your machine blows up without warning, you are stuck and your equipment dealer knows it. Emergency service costs more. Ordering new equipment on an accelerated timeline costs more. Preventative maintenance and vibration monitoring costs less.
Preventative maintenance and vibration monitoring costs less.
Reason #4: Decreases Equipment Life
The cost of shortening the useful life of a large piece of capital equipment shouldn’t be underestimated. For businesses with a long-term time horizon, increasing the serviceable life of your equipment may be one of the best ways to increase profits.
Every percentage increase of equipment life is directly equatable to dollars saved in equipment purchases. A 20% increase in the useful life of your machines means a 20% savings in equipment costs over the long term. Over the long term, vibration monitoring means money in your pocket.
Reason #5: Stress
Run-to-failure can mean lost sleep. Not knowing what is happening with your equipment can be stressful. Worrying about worker safety, unplanned downtime, and emergency repairs can keep you up at night. Preventative maintenance and real-time monitoring can go a long way to provide peace of mind that your plant is running optimally and that your workers are operating in a safe environment.
Machine Saver is Offering You a Better Solution: Vibration Monitoring
Vibration sensors from Machine Saver are one of the most economical ways to monitor and ensure your equipment is in proper working order. Interested in protecting your equipment, workers, and your business, and saving money and time? Contact us today at 832-471-8145.
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