All of these are symptoms of a reactive approach to problems. Maintenance operations that function this way experience a lot of unnecessary expense, not to mention increased risk of equipment failure and accidents.
The way to change from an inefficient and costly reactive approach to a more responsible and cost-efficient proactive approach is to adopt a Planned Maintenance Program (PM).
Planned Maintenance programs include a number of procedures that, if done on a regular basis, will significantly extend the life of the vehicle. This will include such things as changing of oil and filters; cleaning and lubrication; checking of all fluid levels; inspections for fork wear or chain stretch, vehicle inspection; and operational checks.
Planned Maintenance is comprised of analytical and troubleshooting techniques, which are designed to alert the mechanic of the presence of factors that could cause future problems. Every vehicle is put on a schedule to be serviced. A good rule of thumb is after every 200-250 hours of operation. Check your owner’s manual for the OEM's suggested schedule.
Many companies who find it difficult to self-manage a Planned Maintenance program realize a benefit in hiring an outside forklift repair company to schedule and perform the PMs. Your local dealer can help you set up your own PM program, or provide you with a cost effective way to out-source the job.
A company who implements a regular PM program will begin to see benefits very quickly. Not only will a sound maintenance program increase reliability and safety, it will also reduce downtime, contribute to profits, and enhance the competitiveness of your business in the marketplace.
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