Many manufacturing companies operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of your equipment is crucial to profitability. This is especially
important in food manufacturing, where consumers are often price
sensitive. In addition, unplanned line stoppages or processing
delays can result in scrap or spoilage of high cost ingredients
or products. Here are eight simple tips to keep your equipment
properly maintained and running smoothly.
The most important thing you can do to keep equipment running
smoothly is to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for scheduling preventive maintenance. Your team may have to perform some
maintenance activities after a period of elapsed time or after a certain
level of production. Keep a log for each piece of equipment to be certain that the team is on top of the recommended maintenance.
Part of the maintenance program should be to inspect all com-
ponents and to replace them at the first sign of wear. Replacing
parts before they fail can prevent unplanned downtime. If you
can, upgrade components such as wire and cable to higher quality
replacements that have a longer expected life or that can withstand
Many manufacturers provide a recommended spares list. If possible, stock the items that fail most frequently. It’s a good idea to
stock items such as wires, cables and shear pins so you can get
back up and running quickly in the event of a problem.
Choose cables and components that stand up to
Food manufacturing can be a hostile environment for electrical
and mechanical equipment. Long hours of continuous operation
processing acidic or abrasive foods followed by frequent cleaning
with water, heat and chemicals are a normal part of the day in the
food industry, but perhaps not for electrical equipment.
When you replace wires and cables, be sure to select materials
designed for this harsh environment. The quality and reliability of
such simple items as wires and cables directly affects the perfor-
Date for Efficiency
Food manufacturing can
be a hostile environment
for electrical and mechanical