Reducing Downtime

While we continue to stress the importance of preventive maintenance and why it is superior, there are some downsides to the practice.  Namely, since there will be scheduled maintenance, there will be downtime.  While downtime is necessary, it still decreases production and productivity as a whole.  Here at CHAMPS we do our part to keep downtime to a minimum, and so can you!

What is Downtime?

When doing routine maintenance on an asset, it will most likely have to be shut down.  During the downtime, the asset will be worked on.  Downtime is defined as a period of time you reserve for scheduled maintenance and upgrades during which your assets have to be shut down.  In order to keep production running as smoothly as possible, you’ll want to make sure that maintenance is done when production is at a low.

Scheduled vs. Unscheduled Downtime

The difference between scheduled and unscheduled downtime (or planned vs. unplanned downtime) is quite obvious.  If the downtime is scheduled, it means that you or your maintenance team set a specific time aside to preform maintenance on an asset.  Unscheduled downtime means that an asset malfunctioned unexpectedly, and that it will be out of service indefinitely, until it is fixed. 

While there is no such thing as a perfect world, there are definitely ways to reduce your chances of unplanned downtime.

How to Reduce Unplanned Downtime

Use a CMMS or EAM system

One of the biggest ways to reduce unplanned downtime is to switch from reactive to preventive maintenance.  A CMMS or EAM system like CHAMPS can help in the switch.  With CHAMPS you can track work orders, record assets, maintain a schedule, and much more!  Click here for all capabilities.

Prioritize Your Maintenance Plan

Make a list of all your assets.  More important machines might be more of a focus on routine scheduled maintenance.  Minor assets may not be as much of a focus, especially if these machines are not intertwined with others, and they stand alone.

Pinpoint your Weaknesses

Most maintenance teams have an area that could be improved.  For some, it might be frequent delays of parts.  For others, it might be a younger or more inexperienced team.  Another common issue might be older assets.

No matter what area you’re lacking, it’s important to understand.  Because only then can you really get to the root of the issue.  For frequent delays on parts, be sure to pay more attention to the inventory that you can control.  For inexperienced teams, perhaps provide more training.  Whatever the issue, there is likely a solution as long as you carefully examine and understand the root problem.

Reduce Downtime with your CMMS Today!

CMMS systems can be extremely helpful when it comes to gathering maintenance data. They can help you schedule preventive work while taking into account production schedules, availability, and the workload of the maintenance team.

The only way you’ll be able to appreciate it is to try CHAMPS CMMS for yourself.  Our system is effective, efficient, and convenient.  You’ll even be able to try it free for 30 days!  To set up a personalized demo or for more information email debby@champsinc.com.  Preventive maintenance can get complicated, but CHAMPS makes maintenance management a breeze.

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