When it comes to running a business, it is essential that equipment runs smoothly and lasts long. This of course requires investing in equipment that is efficient and durable. In the long run, robust equipment will be more cost-effective than cheap yet poor-quality equipment, since the former will last longer and therefore will require less money to be put towards replacement and repairs. However, there are other things that one can do to ensure that equipment surpasses its expectancy. I will outline some of those options in what follows.
One of the first essentials to ensure that a company’s equipment lasts a long time is to invest in high-quality equipment. This will often mean paying for the higher-priced equipment rather than the lower-priced. In the long term, the payoff will be greater, since you will pay less in repairs and replacements.
For example, this may mean investing in a digital pressure gauge rather than in an analog pressure gauge, even though the latter is cheaper. Digital pressure gauges are known to surpass analog gauges in just about every category except for price, so in the long term, digital gauges will last longer and be more effective than their analog counterparts.
As a general principle, it is better to invest in the more expensive yet more robust equipment rather than the less expensive and less robust alternative.
It is also important to inspect company equipment regularly. Having regular inspections will ensure that equipment is not only working properly but working at its full potential. Furthermore, regular inspections increase the likelihood that a problem or inconsistency is identified before the situation gets too bad, resulting in broken equipment.
Regular inspections may lead to more frequent minor repairs, but these will tend to be cheaper than less occasional, but major repairs.
Repair Instead of Replace
When equipment begins to fade in performance or break, it is often tempting to take it as an opportunity to invest in some newer equipment. Although there are occasions in which investing in new equipment may be the best option, it is often a better idea to repair the older equipment instead of investing in new equipment. The old equipment might be all that you really need, and many of the businesses that sold you the equipment in the first place might offer repair and refurbishment services for a decent price.
Ensure Proper Use
For equipment to last as long as it can, it is important that it is being used correctly. This means that workers who are operating the equipment should have the proper training to ensure that they know how to use the equipment as it is intended to be used. Although this requires training, and therefore time, it will not only help equipment last longer but will likely result in work being done faster, since workers will be less likely to make errors consistently.
Similar to ensuring correct usage of equipment, correct storage is also essential. Although most industrial equipment is weatherproof, this does not make the equipment impervious to other damages that result from things such as rough handling or being damaged by other equipment in the vicinity. Therefore it is important to make sure that equipment is stored correctly and out of the way of other objects which may cause damage.
Correct Equipment for Task
Lastly, it is important to make sure that the correct equipment is being used for a given task. If a piece of equipment is used for a task that it was not meant for, then it will likely not last as long as it should.