Why you need to be proactive about machine maintenance

FACT: Preventive maintenance can reduce machinery repair bills by 25 percent.

Being proactive in your heavy equipment maintenance schedule helps prevent expensive downtime. Regular maintenance helps predict when failure is likely to occur, allowing you to find a solution to problems BEFORE they happen.

First things first, you need to ensure that you keep good maintenance records.

It’s a great idea to keep track of all maintenance procedures in one place so once a procedure is being done, you have an easy reference to ensure that it is taken care of properly. 

Mount a service record chart for each vehicle or piece of equipment and ensure that each has a notebook to allow operators to easily record problems and observations.

Follow the "Preventative Maintenance Guide" in the operator's manual for each piece of equipment.

Use a large planning calendar for noting major repair and service operations to be carried out on each piece of machinery in the months ahead to give you a great visual of what needs to happen when. 

Checklists are a great idea, especially when it comes to vehicle maintenance.

A heavy equipment maintenance checklist is highly recommended to help in remembering tasks and ticking them off as servicing is complete. Documenting your machinery servicing lets you plan for future tasks. This includes being reminded to order replacement parts, fluids and filters, as well as scheduling maintenance that needs including the expertise of your dealer.

Use the following equipment checklist as your guide:

The first part of any preventive maintenance checklist should be done from outside the vehicle.

Once the exterior of the machine has been examined, the next step is to look under the hood.

INSPECTING THE CAB

Finally, you will want to inspect the cab of the equipment.

HOW CAN CWSL HELP?

Once you rent or buy a piece of equipment from us you can be assured of:

An additional benefit is the training we provide to your operators to ensure that they are operating all machines effectively.

Our training process isn’t complicated or lengthy. We provide checklists which we see as a valuable tool to ensure maintenance steps are executed in a timely fashion. We provide clear communication about a machine’s limitations as well as instruction on the controls and monitoring systems. This helps increase the life of your vital machines.

At CWSL, we can assist you in developing operator training by including it in our Customer Value Agreement. We’ll assist as well in analyzing your heavy equipment, applications and requirements to help build a customized plan to improve the efficiency of your fleet, save you money and improve your return on investment. Reach out to us today to find out how we may be able to best serve you.

Are you Bringing on the Right Team for the Job?

Regular maintenance, specialty welding and turnarounds all play important roles in ensuring the safety of your industrial operations, not to mention those working in and around them. After all, industrial operations are expansive structures with countless moving elements. Without the right parts and machinery — and vigilance to ensure everything remains working as it should — seemingly small issues can easily pass by undetected. And that paves the way for bigger trouble down the line. 

When we refer to a plant turnaround, we are referring to a scheduled downtime for your industrial operations. Booked every three to five years or so, it presents an opportunity to shut down entire sections of your plant where you can then perform maintenance or repair work, make planned renovations, assess processes and ensure everything is operating in the safest, most efficient manner possible. 

At CWSL we recognize that there is no “one size fits all” for plant turnarounds, in fact no two turnarounds are exactly alike. Schedules and activities will vary, based on the size of your plant, its age and your specific objectives.

As with all aspects of industrial operations — maintenance, specialty welding and turnarounds included — you’ll want to take a number of factors into consideration before determining your shutdown’s timing and details. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

CONSIDER THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT

While every industrial operation must undergo shutdowns and turnarounds on a healthy schedule, virtually every operation has also been dealt somewhat of a blow in the recent past. 

Due to social distancing concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many plants opted to put an all-out halt on turnaround activities in 2020. 

As such, many of those same plants will find themselves jockeying for shutdowns on similar schedules moving forward. 

The laws of supply and demand support the idea that turnaround support will likely be harder to come by through 2022 and the years immediately following.  Some experts anticipate that prices associated with such activities will be on the rise. We recommend working to get your next plant turnaround on the books as quickly as possible, to ensure you have a spot when you need it.

CONSIDER YOUR OPERATIONS’ UNIQUE PRACTICES AND NEEDS

Plant turnarounds are much like any other necessary maintenance work. 

While experts lay out suggested timeframes — in this case, turnarounds are recommended approximately every three to five years — every industrial plant is different. 

If you have an older infrastructure in place turnarounds might need to happen more frequently. 

For operations housed in brand-new industrial spaces with equally new equipment, however, chances are you can go a bit longer. 

Such calculations are not to be taken lightly. 

CWSL is happy to consult with you to determine how frequently you should get such work done on the books. 

Of course, just as with home renovation work, turnarounds never go exactly according to plan. You’ll want to factor in a bit of wiggle room for things such as additional maintenance needs that arise.

CONSIDER THE FINANCIAL ELEMENT

There are no two ways about it — plant shutdowns are a costly undertaking. Depending on your unique situation, shutdowns can wind up costing a lot due to lost production, labor costs and the like. 

These efforts are worth it in the long run, but you may want to consider pinpointing areas where you can safely cut costs. 

First look at all the necessary work, and then prioritize that work accordingly.

Next consider renting the heavy machinery and industrial equipment, needed for the proper execution of your turnaround plans. This saves you having to make unnecessary hefty purchases. 

Our industrial maintenance support services include:

Our Industrial equipment rentals include but not limited to:

Let us help you get the right equipment with dependable support.

We’ll help you determine what you need to get the job done right with a rental flexibility plan that best suits your needs.

When it comes to the crews you hire on to help with the heavy lifting associated with your shutdowns and turnarounds, you’ll want to make sure you’re working with folks you can trust to tackle the work correctly.

Take time to interview prospective companies and talk through the important issues. Make sure they understand your needs, plans and budget — and that they’re willing to work with you.

We suggest doing business with a crew that has far-reaching experience, as doing so allows a single team to take on multiple aspects of your work, from equipment installation, to plant maintenance, specialty welding and turnarounds.