Determining the optimal testing schedule and calibration period for industrial equipment helps to bolster productivity and reduce maintenance costs. An equipment testing and schedule that is too aggressive can be a costly liability while waiting too long to have equipment re-calibrated or serviced can increase the risk that mechanical issues may develop. The following steps may all be used in order to determine a testing, re-calibration or service schedule with greater accuracy.
1. Manufacturer Recommendations
Failing to adhere to the operational specifications and service instructions provided by the manufacturer can be a recipe for disaster. Industrial machinery that is required to maintain accurate calibration may require a very labor-intensive service schedule. Manufacturer recommendations are often the first thing that equipment owners and service providers will consider in order to determine the best maintenance schedule.
2. Data Analysis
Recorded data pertaining to past service efforts, equipment use and maintenance logs may provide a great deal of useful insight. Different operational processes often mean that equipment may be subject to a wide variety of stress levels. Determining the proper interval to calibrate a machine, inspect for wear and tear or to undertaking any service or maintenance efforts that may be required can be of enormous benefit. Even minor calibration issues can create no end of problems once they have crept into a production or operational process.
3. Assessing Environmental Factors
From load stress to operational temperatures, there are a seemingly endless number of environmental factors which may need to be taken into account. Even manufacturer recommendations may not always account for every type of environment and data pertaining to past use and maintenance may be of little real benefit in the event that equipment is moved to a new environment or should significant changes be made to operational habits. The working environment and operational processes that equipment is subjected to have a major impact on determining when to performing testing, maintenance or calibration service.
4. Fine-Tuning and Adjusting the Maintenance Schedule
The right maintenance schedule can optimize dependability, extend service life and help to ensure that mechanical issues or concern that may impact end-line quality are less likely to arise. Just because an existing service schedule has been in use for an extended period of time does not always mean that it may be ideal or even adequate. Taking stock of the condition their equipment is in or examining the most recent service records and maintenance logs may allow equipment owners to make more effective changes.
Professional assistance is often essential for ensuring that industrial equipment is able to be properly calibrated. Businesses that lack the necessary resources to handle their maintenance efforts in-house would be wise to seek out a qualified service provider. Discussing the optimum maintenance schedule with a professional is always a good way to approach the situation.