Even if you do everything right, one thing is for sure – your equipment will break down at some point. To get back on course, you might need to have it repaired or replaced. Below are some of the common causes of equipment failure.
- Close to End of Life
It is possible to keep using equipment for years with ongoing maintenance. However, it might become too expensive to run the equipment at some point. Some of the reasons could be lack of spare parts, shortage of maintenance skills or internal metal fatigue. Whatever the reason, it will be cheaper to replace the equipment with modern, more up to date equipment.
- Poor Maintenance
Do you often skip preventive maintenance, use poor quality supplies and spares, or have poorly trained technicians maintaining your equipment? This might be the reason for the frequent breakdowns you are experiencing. To get to the bottom of the problem, check if the maintenance personnel keep replacing the same parts. Look out for skipped preventive maintenance and ensure that all maintenance procedures are followed to the letter. You will need to train your technicians and involve the equipment vendor if you’re having problems with the quality of spare parts.
- Improper Use of Equipment
Are the operators using the equipment the right way? Overrunning the capacity of the equipment or using it for the wrong purpose can result in more frequent breakdowns. Seek feedback on operator errors from maintenance technicians. This will help determine whether the equipment is being overloaded. A tell-tale sign of equipment overload is if the equipment fails frequently even after maintenance is done as required.
- Poor Build Quality
Sometimes the problem could be in the design of the equipment rather than the manner in which it is operated. Internal flaws can lead to frequent equipment breakdowns. A good example is equipment that heats up as a result of inadequate cooling. When you have several of the same equipment and they all seem to fail due to the same problem, then you might be dealing with a design or build quality issue. Find out from other organizations that use similar equipment whether they are facing the same issues. The solution to this is to have the vendor fix the equipment if it’s still under warranty, or buy better equipment from a trusted vendor. You can always avoid poor quality equipment by seeking out reviews of brands before making a purchase.
- Incorrect Installation and Setup
One of the most the common causes of equipment failure is incorrect installation. The equipment might have been damaged during the initial setup or installation. This problem will seem a lot like a build quality or design issue. Nonetheless, it will only occur in only a few pieces out of similar equipment. You might not find similar complaints about the same type of equipment from other organizations. Check whether the equipment statistics match those of the manufacturer. You might need to do this after proper calibration. If you suspect that you are dealing with an installation or setup issue, do a complete re-install or setup of the equipment.