Reducing Machine Downtime On the Jobsite

While every business is occasionally affected by downtime, sectors that use a lot of machinery get the worst of it. Reports show that at least 23% of unplanned downtime is caused by human errors.

What if you could add up the machine downtime you experienced last year and get back 23% of those hours? How many dollars would you save for labor, emergency repairs, and unexpected equipment? How many dollars would you have made with seamless, consistent production? 

We’re here to help you do that. Keep reading for the best ways to reduce downtime on the job site.

6 Ways to Prevent Machine Downtime

Every machine should have some planned downtime for routine maintenance and your crew should have a plan for being productive during those times. Unplanned machine downtime can create many problems and waste and is usually preventable. Here are 5 ways to be proactive.

Proper Training and Safety Standards

Training your crew when hired and performing regular safety audits on your job site is not enough. It’s wise to have ongoing scheduled training sessions for everyone. This will help prevent misuse, shortcuts, and errors.

There should be opportunities for cross-training, as well. This will create a layer of trained backups in an absence. It also encourages individual development.

Machine Downtime

Know Your Equipment

Your entire team should have basic knowledge of the types of machines on the job site so everyone can help prevent machine downtime. When more people understand the machines and how they work, it’s more likely that someone will notice an issue sooner. You’ll save time and money by managing minor repairs before they become big problems.

Also, management teams and maintenance staff should know the typical lifespan for each machine. The machine care routines will change as the equipment ages.

Use the Right Machines for the Job

One thing seasoned pros are good at is “figuring out” how to get jobs done when there is any type of machinery downtime. Unfortunately, that sometimes includes using equipment meant for a different job. This may increase productivity in the short term but this can damage your gear and create additional machine downtime later.

Follow the Manufacturer’s Guidelines

As your operation has grown, you’ve probably procured some quality and lesser machines that just get the job done. Whatever brands you have, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for maintenance. Each machine should have its own schedule and use only the recommended parts and products.

Regular Equipment Monitoring

For more effective operational management, expand your machine maintenance to include monitoring. Many team members should be involved in monitoring the equipment they use. This increases personal commitment to machine care across your crew.

Make the Right Call

When preventing machine downtime for your operation, you need a trustworthy partner. AMAC has been providing quality service and expertise for more than 50 years. Whether it’s time for new shuttle cars or you have equipment needing repairs, we’ll get you back on track quickly.