The importance of preventative maintenance of food processing equipment cannot be emphasized more. It is highlighted at length in the Guidance & Regulation (Food and Dietary Supplements) section of the FDA’s website, but the gist is that it provides numerous benefits to food manufacturing businesses.
Let’s learn more:
What is Preventative Maintenance?
Preventative maintenance is a procedure whereby machinery and equipment are checked on a regular basis. It helps reduce the chances of faults and prevents downtime, which can prove to be costly for a business, particularly those operating in the food manufacturing industry. Moreover, it helps ensure smooth, cost-effective, and efficient operations.
The Importance of Preventative Maintenance
Preventative maintenance plays an extremely important part in the food manufacturing business, a fact that you’ve probably gleaned from the above-mentioned benefits.
Building on those benefits, preventative maintenance helps identify problems before they become bigger issues, potentially increasing the lifespan of machinery and equipment.
Moreover, it also helps maintain a high level of food hygiene by ensuring that external materials are not able to contaminate the food.
In addition to that, preventative maintenance can potentially help businesses save on energy costs, as it enables machines and equipment to perform while maintaining a high level of efficiency. The energy savings, accumulated over time, can improve long-term profitability.
A Common Checklist for Preventative Maintenance
Preventative maintenance isn’t rocket science. It simply involves keeping parts clean, replacing faulty parts, and conducting basic safety checks. A common checklist for preventative maintenance may include:
- Create a risk assessment plan that includes comprehensive maintenance, repair, and parts replacement guidelines.
- Identification of machinery and equipment that will require preventative maintenance.
- Determining the types of safety checks to be performed.
- Assessing the condition of the parts and whether they need repairs or replacement.
- Devising the timetable to recheck the machinery and equipment.
Do you want to create an effective preventative maintenance plan for your food manufacturing business? Contact CFAM Technologies. We offer specialized preventative maintenance and support services to our industrial clients to minimize their downtime and help them to operate with maximum efficiency. For further information, contact us on +27 (0) 18 285 1031 or visit our website.