Downtime can be defined as the time which a system or a machine stops working or fails to perform its primary function. Downtime can be caused by several factors which include; technical failure, software failure, human error, natural disasters or machine adjustments. Top world companies lose billions of dollars in revenue every year due to downtime.
As an entrepreneur, how can you break free from breakdowns in your industry? Here are 5 tips to reducing downtime while on a job.
- Find The Root Cause Of The Downtime
If your machine keeps breaking down while you are on a job, it is very important to carry out a root cause analysis (RCA) to uncover the breakdown issue. An RCA will help you mitigate the risk and also prevent the problem from occurring again.
Set up a cross-functional team to look into the different angles of the problem. The team can identify the problems and come up with monitoring measures to prevent the problem from occurring again.
- Regularly Maintain Your Equipment
If your machines are not regularly maintained, unscheduled downtimes will keep occurring. Regular maintenance is critical to ensuring that machines operate at their optimum for the longest periods of time possible.
Having a routine maintenance on your machines will allow for them to be updated and this will greatly improve efficiency. You will also minimize waste and excessive backlog that result from unplanned downtime.
- Train And Empower Your Employees
Your employees are often the people who run the machines and oversee production. If they are not properly trained, they would not be in a position to fix a problem when it occurs. In many instances, human or operator error is the cause of the downtime. By training your employees, they will not only be able to fix downtimes in the future but also they will be able to diagnose and fix their own equipment.
- Upgrade Your Equipment
As your business continues to grow, you will require better machines to meet the new demand. If your machines have become outdated, worn out or obsolete, then it’s time to replace them. Worn out machines are more likely to break down every now and then.
Replacing very old machines can improve performance and efficiency and reduce downtime. New equipment that comes with the latest technology will greatly improve productivity in your industry.
- Don’t Forget Backups
Machines and equipment can fail. Human beings can also make mistakes and sometimes its unseen issues that arise due to unreliable machinery. A backup plan will reduce time wastage that results from the downtime.
Always have a backup machine at your plant that will enable you to save time and continue working while the damaged machinery gets repaired.
Remember, downtime cannot always be avoided; however, being prepared for any eventuality will safeguard you against worse case scenarios.
These five important tips will help you to reduce downtime while on a job. Are you in the underground mining industry and you are looking to reducing equipment downtime? Hydramech Engineering offers specialized repairs for mobile mining machinery components in Western Australia. Contact them today and reduce downtime costs that are caused by damaged hydraulic equipment.