If you have a manufacturing facility or other business that relies on machinery to get the job done on a daily basis, having that equipment failure can be devastating and costly to your business. However, while it’s easy to panic, it’s better to use your good judgment to get your business up and running again as fast as possible. To do so, follow these important tips.
Assess The Situation:
First of all, assess your situation. Once you do, you may realize that even if one type of machine failed, it may be possible to temporarily move some of your operations to other similar machinery. By doing so, you decrease lost production time and lost profits.
Repairs Or Replacement?
While you may be focused at first on the machine failure itself, you need to quickly pivot to deciding if the machinery that broke down can be repaired, or if it instead, needs to be replaced. To do so, call in expert technicians in your area to evaluate your company’s machinery and provide their professional opinion on how to proceed.
Contact Your Customers:
As soon as you experience machine failure that you know will bring production to a halt or slow it down quite a bit for a few days, get in touch with your customers to let them know what is happening. This will let your customers know that certain orders may be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. Since most people realize equipment breakdowns happen now and then, chances are they will be willing to work with you until your operations are again running at maximum capacity.
Learn From The Mistakes:
As your machine failure is rectified through either repair or replacement, take this opportunity to learn from what went wrong this time so that it can be prevented in the future. For example, if it is determined that the mechanical failure was caused by a lack of preventive maintenance, establish a more rigorous and detailed checklist of what needs to be done to various pieces of machinery. By doing so, you can keep your production levels where they need to be on a regular basis. After all, while your customers may be understanding this time, repeated breakdowns will likely have them losing patience with your company.
By choosing to stay focused on the task at hand and turning a negative situation into one that is positive, you can overcome equipment failure and have your business moving full steam ahead in no time.