When it comes to maintaining warehouse equipment that has a direct impact on your organization’s bottom line, think about it like the other important systems you interact with and depend on daily, like the human body or an automobile. Proper maintenance of warehouse equipment is both a productivity and safety issue. By adhering to routine service schedules and monitoring the performance of each machine, your operations team can stay on top of problems as well as optimize the functionality and life cycle of your equipment; neglecting to do so will likely result in premature expiration of those assets and increased operational expenses. As a company that specializes in finding ways to streamline warehouse and supply chain management operations, Apptricity would like to share a few tips for keeping your warehouse’s equipment running at optimum efficiency:
- Preventive maintenance plans should be in place for things like lift trucks, conveyor systems, automated material handling equipment, dock equipment, stretch-wrapping machines, palletizers, bailers, compactors, etc. As with the human body, keeping up with routine maintenance like oil changes, tire rotations and replacements can prevent unnecessary strain on the system and extend its useful life.
- Employees should be trained and encouraged to immediately report any problems with equipment. Contingency plans should be predefined for all key pieces of equipment to ensure you are prepared in the event of a breakdown.
- Don’t overlook pallet racking maintenance. Any warehouse that has racking will have some degree of racking damage. It is important to replace or repair damaged racking as quickly as possible. Leaving damaged sections in place tends to promote further racking damage. Rack guards and barricades may be put in place where there is a higher likelihood of damage.
- Consider the financial aspect in terms of depreciation schedules and predicted asset lifetimes. If equipment is not maintained properly and consequently does not last as long as you’ve forecasted, it’s necessary to make the appropriate changes to its projected lifetime in the books. In some instances, this results in companies paying taxes on both the old equipment and the new.
It’s important to stay current with your service and maintenance schedules in warehouse and supply chain environments to maintain optimal production levels. With proper upkeep, you can avoid uncertainty and increase confidence in your organization’s operations.