Zero breakdown does not mean parts will never fail. It means parts will not surprise you by failing unexpectedly. A zero breakdown system allows for the repair and/or replacement of parts over time.
Zero downtime is an attempt to never be faced with the add-on costs a surprise failure carries with it. Like the cost of a department being unable to work because of the failure. Or product needing to be thrown away because of the failure.
First in your effort to achieve Zero Breakdowns is a requirement to keep your equipment clean and stress free.
If you have been reading the articles on our website, you know how important it is to keep your equipment clear and dirt free.
Dirt and dust make it more difficult for the equipment to run. Like add a weight to the ankle of a runner, dirt and dust slow the operation of your equipment and/or reduce its capacity. These increase the runtime of the equipment make part wear out before their time.
Dirt and dust can hold moisture causing the equipment to rust or corrode. This is particularly damaging when it occurs between two moving parts.
Equipment is typically designed and built with specific tolerances, dirt and dust throws off these tolerances which can warp parts and components.
Training & Tools:
As stated above, equipment is designed and built to be operated under and in certain conditions. If your staff operates the equipment outside the design capabilities the equipment can be damaged and suffer premature failures.
This can include running the equipment at the wrong time of the year, such as the heat in the middle of the summer or the air conditioning in the middle of the winter. While most equipment has safeties install to prevent these type of mistake, the safeties are susceptible to failure just like the rest of the system.
A more common operational mistake is running the air conditioning while the windows are open or doors are propped open. Both of these can cause the equipment to run much longer than it normally would.
Lastly we want to remove operational risks to the equipment. This includes running the equipment without its covers in place. It also includes operating the equipment without the safeties discussed above working properly.
Even a system missing a single screw can be at risk. Screws hold parts securely in place. If a screw is missing or lose it can allow vibration. Vibration cause excess wear and tear on the part and you have premature failures.