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April 29, 2014

How Equipment Maintenance Can Save You Money

How Equipment Maintenance Can Save You Money

If you run a facility or work in the reliability industry, you will inevitably find yourself in the position of answering the question, "Does equipment maintenance save you money?" After all of the costs associated with maintaining machinery - parts, labor, software, and so forth - is it really cheaper than just buying new machines? Of course, it is! Don't believe me? Keep reading this blog post and you will!

Working in the maintenance industry and being a "maintenance professional," it probably goes without saying that you do not need an article to tell you the benefits of equipment maintenance, but you may find yourself in the odd situation of explaining how the work you do - or your workers perform - saves money.

Equipment Maintenance Saves You Money

There it is, in a big, pretty headline. There are many ways that routine maintenance and preventative maintenance can not only save you money but actually increase your profits as well. For starters, equipment maintenance not only ensures that your assets last the entirety of their product lifespan but in most cases, it actually extends their life.

Another, often overlooked (yet incredibly important) way that equipment maintenance can save you money is by reducing energy consumption and associated bills. As machines age (especially in an industrial setting or harsh environments), they begin to malfunction, and if they're not properly maintained, they can quickly become energy hogs, consuming much more electricity and resources than they normally require. Simple preventative maintenance helps make sure that that doesn't happen.

Perhaps the biggest cost for a company is a shutdown scenario. When machines die or quit working, so do employees. If employees aren't working, then they are not making you money - even though you still have to pay them. This is a very real, nightmare scenario that can cost your company oodles of money. The longer it takes to get back up and running, the worse the situation becomes.

Something else to consider when thinking about how equipment maintenance can save you money is worker safety. Aside from being a tragedy that can ruin lives, on-site injuries that occur because of faulty equipment (which, in turn, was caused by lack of proper maintenance) can be very costly - think in terms of millions of dollars. Lawyer fees and court-ordered damage awards can bankrupt a business in no time.

Along the same lines as worker safety, not meeting regulatory standards can also be cost-prohibitive, resulting in fees and fines - not to mention causing a possible shutdown, in worst-case scenarios (we've already discussed how costly that can become).

Finally, if you work in a facility or building where clients routinely visit, lack of equipment maintenance can become visible really quickly. A client seeing your sloppy machinery and lack of care will quickly reconsider doing business with you. After all, if you can't care for the meat and potatoes of your company, how will you treat your business dealings with your clients?

So there you have it, as promised - proof that equipment maintenance can save you money. I will even go a step further and say that the lack of some sort of maintenance management system will cost you money, and as they say, that is just plain bad for business.


Lisa Richards

About the Author – Lisa Richards

Lisa Richards is an experienced professional in the field of industrial management and is an avid blogger about maintenance management systems and productivity innovation. Richards' undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering opened the door for her initial career path with a Midwest-based agricultural implement manufacturer with global market reach. Over a span of 10 years, Lisa worked her way through various staff leadership positions in the manufacturing process until reaching the operations manager level at a construction and forestry equipment facility. Lisa excelled at increasing productivity while maintaining or lowering operating budgets for her plant sites.

An Illinois native, Lisa recently returned to her suburban Chicago North Shore hometown to raise her family. Lisa has chosen to be active in her community and schools while her two young girls begin their own journey through life. Richards has now joined the MAPCON team as an educational outreach writer in support of their efforts to inform maintenance management specialists about the advantages in marrying advanced maintenance software with cutting-edge facility and industrial management strategies.

Filed under: equipment maintenance, cmms — Lisa Richards on April 29, 2014