Henkel manufactures the LOCTITE® brand of powerful adhesives, which is a boon to maintenance and repair applications when equipment breaks down. Unexpected downtime can cripple business operations, resulting in hours of lost productivity and wasted money. The Henkel team knows that customers can reduce the effects of unplanned downtime with proper preparation and reaction to it, whether it is a jammed line or a failing generator. The following summarizes the company’s top tips.
Schedules, assessments, and checklists
First, Henkel recommends setting a strict maintenance schedule, which is far more effective than reactive action in reducing downtime. Preventing issues before they occur saves plenty of time while lowering the costs of repairing failed equipment. Such a maintenance plan should include regular machinery inspections for wear, cleaning, changing oil, and keeping accurate records of previous maintenance to spot trends easily. Detecting issues allows users to factor in the time and costs of potential downtime.
It is also wise to conduct criticality assessments of equipment to evaluate potential risks associated with breakdowns and calculate unexpected downtime. This helps users stay a step ahead of downtime and minimize its effects. Henkel also recommends creating a thorough inspection checklist to ensure that all key parts and components of equipment are checked regularly. Key items on the checklist: tight and secure seals; no air, gas, or liquid leaks; correct tension, slack, and lubrication of chains and bearings; and signs of wear or dirt.
Addressing chronic failures is important. Tackling the common causes of these failures – leaks, loosening threaded fasteners, shaft misalignment, general wear – lowers their effects and extends time between failures. Businesses should also have the right materials in stock to prepare for malfunctions and breakdowns. Tools at hand should include LOCTITE threadlockers and industrial adhesives, plus oils, lubricants, sealants, and retaining compounds.
Henkel recommends appointing a maintenance champion who is specifically responsible for ensuring that a consistent maintenance schedule is followed. Finally, it is smart to ensure effective equipment training to minimize human error. Front-line workers and operators should have proper maintenance and repair as a second nature.
To learn more, contact Henkel.