Machinery in any business does not come cheap and even second-hand items can still be expensive and hold their price, so with this in mind, you are going to want to ensure that your investment lasts as long as possible before you have to foot the bill of paying out for another version.
However, for the most part, the longevity of your machinery is very much in your hands, as indeed, a badly looked after or maintained piece of machinery is not going to last anywhere near as long as a well-cared-for piece, regardless of whether they are second-hand or brand new when you purchased them.
There are steps that you can take to make sure that every piece of machinery and equipment within your business has the longest possible lifespan that you can give it.
#1 Educate Your Employees on How to Use It
Many employers expect a new member of staff to automatically know how to use any piece of equipment that they are faced with, and those that don’t assume that the worker next to the newbie will show them. This simply is not good enough, not for the health and safety of your new worker, those that are working around them, or for the respect that the machinery deserves. It is, therefore, highly important that you make sure that every person on your site knows how to work and look after the piece of machinery that they are using.
#2 Carry Out Regular Maintenance Checks
It is a good idea when thinking about prolonging the life of any of your pieces of machinery that regular maintenance checks are carried out rather than waiting for the machinery in question to break down before being looked over.
Of course, regular maintenance checks should not just be checking that the machine in question turns on and off ok or indeed that it performs the job that it is intended to do, it should however include such areas as making sure that all your heavy machinery hydraulic fluid monitoring is being carried out amongst other important checks.
#3 Have Yearly Servicing Carried Out
With this in mind, you make sure that you are signed up with an experienced and highly qualified business to have a yearly servicing carried out on all of your machinery. This will prolong its life as any faults that are in the process of happening should be flagged and therefore be able to be sorted out before any permanent damage occurs or before the piece of machinery is broken.
#4 Replace Any Parts with Supplier-Recommended Manufacturer
In saying this, you are going to want to make sure that the parts that are replaced on your machinery are ones of quality. Most manufacturers recommend certain companies as part suppliers and, although you could very well go to cheaper companies that offer pattern parts, it doesn’t follow that these pattern pieces will be of a good quality that will either do the job proficiently or have a decent life span of their own.