The Importance of Equipment Maintenance

Posted by Jerad Dowler on Mon, Mar 09, 2015

Keeping machines well maintained, is obviously one of the most important aspects of modern industry. Since the dawn of industrialization, people who were experts in maintenance, repairing, and diagnosing machines were entirely invaluable. That being said, when the machine is performing such a systematic and important role - like those machines which work with packaging and the application of stretch film - maintenance can be even more crucial. 

maintenanceEDitedThe task of applying stretch film is highly important, and finding a time to give the machine a break for an inspection can seem to be something of a hassle. However, it is highly important to have regular, scheduled maintenance for a stretch wrap device. Without having regular check ups, parts that are vital to the ability of a company to use packaging film may potentially fail, and at the point where parts of the machine actually break - the repairs can be more costly and time consuming. 


Not to mention, with an unexpected loss of the ability to apply stretch film, your production can come to a grinding halt, and back you up for days if not weeks. In fact, the amount of time that you would be likely to spend having your machine fixed by an expert would likely outnumber the cumulative amount of downtime taken when performing regular, scheduled maintenance of your stretch wrap machine. 


Equipment maintenance is not only useful in the scope of preventing breakdowns, and thus lost time that could be spent in use properly, but it can be extremely helpful to the productivity of a machine - and by extension an entire workflow. In the manner of a "well oiled machine," a properly serviced packing film machine can be certain to run at full capacity, and to work as well as when it first arrived. As a replacement would be costly, it is most reasonable to keep your machine a "well oiled machine." It can be all too easy to forget, keeping your machine in tip top shape, but the benefits of doing so massively outweigh the hassle that can be potentially a part of training, scheduling, and executing the tasks required to constitute proper servicing. 



According to OSHA, improper maintenance can, in their eyes, lead to unhealthy and dangerous situations in the work environment. Although while the actual act of servicing machines can be a danger in of itself, it is a highly important preventative measure, in regard to exposing other workers to hazards. The safety ramifications of properly working machines cannot be overstated. It is a simple, effective, smart way to ensure the safety of a entire workspace, and the particular safety of women or men working with a stretch wrap machine. Machines are initially sent with certain safety features, this is required by law. However, these systems can, like any other system fail. Of course, the obvious solution to this, and all potential issues that could arise, long term or short, can be solved by regular, proper, effective maintenance. 


As a stretch film manufacturer, we at Paragon Films know the importance of keeping our stretch wrapping machines maintained.  We know that contaiment is crucial and the last thing you need is for your machine to break down or for the lack of preventitive maintainance to cause the stretch film you're using to not work properly.  We recommend you contact your machine film wrapper to find out the best way to keep your machines maintained.  


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