Your Checklist for Preventing Machinery Shutdowns


If you run a factory, you know how important it is to keep your equipment running properly. Having a machine down for just a day puts you behind on orders, damaging your relationships with clients. To reduce the chance of a breakdown, check your machines for these issues before production starts every day.

Trapped Air

If air gets into the wrong places of machines, it leads to major problems. For example, if air mixes with the fuel in your diesel engine, your machine does not burn its oil as efficiently, and it produces exhaust, which causes health issues. When you observe signs of trapped air, use AirDog parts to prevent vapors from interfering with your machines’ production. 

Missing Parts

Especially with machines that operate at high speeds, it’s easy for screws to work themselves loose, letting parts fall off. Also, if a machine stops working properly, certain parts snap. Make a checklist of all the items that are likely to fall off each machine and inspect each piece of equipment before turning it on. When a machine vibrates so much that its screws fall off regularly, you must have maintenance conducted to fix its engine or balance.

Leaking Fuel

Look under every machine for signs of leaking fuel, such as liquid on the ground, stickiness surrounding joints, and gas like odors. Make sure that the problem is not caused by condensation or another harmless liquid. However, when you’re sure that a machine is losing fuel, evacuate everyone from the area, open all the windows, and contact your fuel supplier. Gas, oil, and other fossil fuels are extremely flammable, and you cannot operate your machines in an area where one of them has leaked without risking an explosion.

Unsafe Gauge Readings

Most machines come with safety gauges that measure how much pressure they are under or how efficiently their filters are working. Post each machine’s optimal gauge readings next to it and ensure that the levels are safe before starting production for the day. Depending on each gauge’s purpose, you may need to clean the machine’s filter or contact a professional to make it safe to operate again.

You depend on your machines’ effective operation to make a profit. While you can’t stop every accident, you can cut down on preventable shutdowns by inspecting all your machines daily. The extra time that these checks take is an investment in your company’s future.

Hemant Kumar
Hemant Kumar is a project manager at Tridindia with more than nine years of commendable experience in writing about LMS, translation, and IT. His unmatched talent and passion for digital marketing gave him the opportunity to work as a multi-tasking project manager at TridIndia’s sister company, Link Building Corp. Today, he contributes to the world by imparting knowledge on SEO, link building and internet marketing etc., that helps business owners grow their online business.