Here are four modest ways to avoid equipment unreliability.

1. Planned routine maintenance
Planned routine maintenance (PRM) is non-negotiable. The main aim of PRM is to capitalize on your equipment’s performance by keeping it running safely for as long as possible, without any unforeseen and expensive failures. PRM involves basic maintenance tasks that can be performed by operators, as well as routine inspections, services and tests by the equipment provider and or service contractors.
PRM also identifies whether equipment is about to fail so you can program corrective maintenance repairs in time. Most equipment suppliers or service companies can provide preventative maintenance services to help you get the most from your equipment.

2. Operator training
There are certain tasks your staff can do to safeguard and ensure that your equipment runs to its peak performance. This usually requires the right training from your equipment supplier or service contactor so that the staff knows how to conduct the maintenance correctly and appropriately. Once again consult with your equipment supplier to provide the preventative maintenance training to you and your staff at least twice a year and especially if you have regular staff changes.

3. Critical Spare parts
Consider what spare parts particularly critical parts you need access to and also consider having these critical parts as part of your inventory specifically if your business is located in more regional or remote areas. Many breakdowns require a parts or module replacement; so ensure you work with an equipment provider with local access to adequate spare parts or even loan/spare equipment.

4. Upgrade
Assess if you need to upgrade the equipment. If the cost of maintenance is high, consider a swap to newer, better technology. There are trade-out deals and rental or lease options that you can take advantage of.

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