If you work in manufacturing, construction, agriculture, or any other industry that relies regularly on heavy machinery to get the job done, then it isn’t news to you that keeping that machinery running can quickly become one of the biggest costs of running the business. There are ways to slow the rising costs of taking care of your equipment, however, and it doesn’t require you to get rid of all of it. Here are a few to consider.
Create a schedule of proactive maintenanceMaintenance is crucial for the operation of any machine. However, maintenance shouldn’t only be done when you spot a problem. Create a schedule of preventative maintenance that can help you better spot any issues early, while also taking steps to address the most common points of breakage and putting in the work to put them off as best as possible. Those who operate the machines should be the ones given the responsibility of maintaining them as well, so they become more familiar with the signs of problems while operating.
Ensure more effective use
The better that your team is at actually using the equipment, then the less wear and tear it will experience. As such, it’s worth taking the time to invest in repeat operational training for the heavy machinery that your team is qualified to use. Nowadays, there are even machinery use apps that help them use them more effectively.
Work closely with the manufacturer
Rather than working with local repairmen for the heavy machinery that you operate, it may save you some money to go, first and foremost, to the manufacturer of the machine. There’s a good chance that they will sell the replacement parts you might need for them directly. It usually costs less to buy directly from the manufacturer since they don’t have the additional profit incentive to up the value that a reseller would.
Keep it in a secure location
Exposure to the elements, especially wind and rain, is going to wreak havoc on most heavy machinery. Corrosion and rust can be some of the most costly problems to fight. As such, you may want to consider changing the environment you keep your machines in with options like an industrial shed. A simple tarp over the top of your equipment isn’t enough if you have several machines that you need to keep in good condition.
Lease it instead of buying it
The next time you find you have a need for machinery you don’t currently have, don’t immediately rush to buy it. First of all, consider if you could lease it from a local machine hire company. It might be more cost-effective if you don’t need to use that machine too regularly and, what’s more, you don’t have to pay the costs of maintenance when you’re done with it, simply return to where you leased it.
Keeping and maintaining business machinery is always going to be a cost your business has to contend with. Hopefully, the tips above make sure those costs don’t go sky-high, however.
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