Posted by Swish - The How to Experts ● 11/13/19 2:00 PM

The impact of unplanned equipment downtime

equipment-service-blogWhen your goal is to create clean, safe, and healthy workplaces, your cleaning equipment needs to be running at peak performance, every day. When your equipment goes down, that goal is seriously compromised. And while taking time out to regularly maintain and service your equipment may feel like time away from a productive workday, the alternative – unplanned downtime – can have significant short-and long-term implications.

Why the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” method doesn’t work

Did you know? Running a piece of equipment to the point of failure could cost as much as 10 times as much as a regular maintenance program would. What’s more, equipment life is extended by an average of four years with a regular maintenance routine.

Without regularly servicing your equipment, you could be causing unnecessary wear, increasing the risk of emergency repair, and incurring unnecessary service and replacement costs.


5 ways to prevent unplanned equipment downtime

By following five easy steps, you could avoid surprise breakdowns and emergency repairs.

1. Invest in a Planned Maintenance Program (PMP)

Planned maintenance programs are designed to help you minimize downtime, reduce repair and labour costs, and increase the life of your equipment. Regular service means issues are spotted and taken care of early – before equipment breaks down.

2. Ensure your staff are properly trained

Operator error is one of the leading causes of downtime. By thoroughly training your staff on the mechanics of the equipment, they will have the ability to diagnose and fix their equipment on-the-spot, rather than waiting for a service team to make the repair.  What’s more, trained staff will be able to identify small issues early on and take steps to resolve them before they become major problems.

3. Purchase quality equipment

Quality equipment is generally safer, stronger and easier to use, allowing your staff to work more efficiently than with lower-priced options.

While quality equipment may come at a higher price point compared to more discount models, the return you will gain with increased productivity and longer lifespan will more than justify the up-front investment.

4. Review performance data

Does your equipment sufficiently meet your needs? Is it in constant need of repair? Do operators spend too much time maintaining it versus using it?

Keeping records of how your equipment is performing, how often it is serviced and when/if it breaks down will help you evaluate its efficiency over time.

5. Establish staff communication

Encouraging your staff to communicate about your equipment will help your team monitor its performance and stay on top of potential issues.  Regular touch-points about how it’s working and what’s causing problems will let you identify recurring concerns and help prevent breakdown.

Swish offers a Planned Maintenance Program (PMP) that provides regular maintenance, helping you reduce downtime and cut down on repair and replacement costs. Plus, we will train your staff so that they are fully knowledgeable on how to maintain and run your cleaning equipment – minimizing your need to call on us when there’s a problem.  But if you do need us? We’ll be there within 48 hours of your call.


Topics: equipment service, planned maintentance