Limited personnel and budget are the common reasons for managers not implementing a scheduled maintenance plan for their plant and equipment. A maintenance and reliability survey was recently conducted by Rockwell Automation Global Manufacturing Solutions and Maintenance magazine. The survey stated the above limitations as the number one reason not to introduce a preventative maintenance programme. However, the managers interviewed believed that they spend three times more than they should on reactive maintenance and repairs.
Fifty three percent of managers surveyed cited limited maintenance personnel as the number one reason and 47% declared budget restraints as their primary hurdle. However, most realise that a systematic maintenance programme would increase productivity or uptime, machine safety and maintain the value of the equipment. The study showed that most managers want to allocate personnel to these tasks but found they spent most of their time on reactive activities.
ALLscope Industrial Services have observed first hand the effects poor maintenance has on machinery. ALLscope Industrial Services have also seen how implementing a Preventative Maintenance programme (PM programme) can reduce the downtime on production and increase safety and staff morale.