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The Calm Before the Storm - How to Properly Prepare for an Outage

Feb 13, 2020, 15:24 PM by Rachel Pope

We’ve all heard the phrase “The Calm Before the Storm”. While some use this time of peace to recover from their busy season, you can use this time to be properly prepared for the storm, in other words, an outage. 

In one of our recent posts, “Cost of Unplanned Down Time” we discuss the impact of unplanned downtown time to those in industrial manufacturing. Most of this unplanned downtime is due to equipment failure, most of which could be prevented, and costs industrial manufacturers $50 billion annually.

“Downtime is the single largest source of lost production and whenarchitecture-building-empty-factory-236705_smaller struck with downtime that was not planned, a company could lose millions of dollars in a matter of hours.”

To prevent being affected by unexpected downtime, make sure to plan for the unexpected in three simple steps.

1. Reactive to Proactive
Make sure to perform preventative measures, such as planning outages to check your equipment thoroughly. 
In case of a part malfunction during maintenance checks, it’s important to have the correct parts on hand if a problem ensues. This is where Parts Super Center can help. 

We have more than one-hundred and twenty-thousand parts on our webshop readily available to help you in your preventative planning. Furthermore, we have a technical support team that has access to original technical documents to help you find and locate the correct parts you need to prepare.

2. Create and Maintain Maintenance Checklist
Utilizing a maintenance checklist seems small in the scheme of things, but it’s crucial to keeping your equipment in perfect shape. Make sure to outline the equipment that needs to be serviced, when it needs to be serviced and what parts you should have on hand to maintain your equipment regularly. Make sure to update your maintenance checklist with new equipment as needed.  

3. Define Production Goals
You want your production team to be as productive as possible but make sure you're defining real, practical goals. These goals need to include your output, but also creating goals to prepare for the unexpected is vital.

Learn more about how unplanned downtime can affect your business by reading our “Cost of Unplanned Down Time” post or downloading our Unplanned Downtime Comprehensive Cost Breakdown sheet.