How To Reduce Downtime in Production Plants
Downtime is inevitable at production plants.
Maintenance checks and emergency fixes are bound to happen, but downtime means a stop in production and revenue loss, so shutdowns should be as quick as possible.
If you’ve been struggling with extended, unplanned downtime at your plant, then you’re aware that you have an inefficient process in place that needs to be fixed.
The next step is implementing new changes to address areas that need improvement.
Need to know how to resolve those downtime inefficiencies? We’ve got the answers.
Set Scheduled Downtime for Maintenance
When you schedule downtime at your plant, you switch from being reactive to proactive.
Being proactive and scheduling maintenance before problems arise will save time and money in the long run.
Scheduling short-term downtime to ensure equipment, machines, and processes are running as they should will help resolve issues before they arise. Issues such as product contamination, machine failures, and safety crises can be caught before a lengthy shutdown ensues.
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Scheduled downtime also reduces the amount of maintenance and asset cleaning needed as you tackle repairs and product waste before they pile up. Keeping your equipment in tip-top condition and running smoothly will also help your plant run at optimal efficiency.
Scheduled downtime will also allow you to revisit your current processes and reassess where improvements can be made to continue increasing plant efficiency.
Upgrade Your Plant Asset Cleaning Process
Traditional plant cleaning for tanks, trenches, sumps, vessels, and deep containers has proven inefficient compared to modern cleaning methods like robotic tank cleaning.
Traditional cleaning solutions involve humans entering confined spaces and being exposed to harmful chemicals and gases. There is also a higher probability of error during the cleaning process when humans are involved.
When humans are responsible for cleaning, it takes longer, and fatigue sets in. With robotic tank cleaning, robots work as long as they are needed without getting tired. Using robots for industrial cleaning increases productivity and reduces plant downtime.
Robotic tank cleaning also promotes employee safety.