Following a frustrating industrial equipment malfunction, you are eager for a quick fix. Swift service is important, but a detail-oriented approach is also critical. Without such precision, you risk running into additional problems — and even more downtime — in the future.

The wait for your repair will be far easier to handle if you've planned for it in advance. Even the best equipment is bound to run into trouble eventually, so it's crucial to determine how you'll proceed when the inevitable malfunction occurs. Consider these options for triaging:

Invest in Spare Equipment

If economically feasible, invest in backup equipment that can be called upon to keep your facility running in the worst-case scenario. Team members should know how to operate this equipment before malfunctions strike your main machines.

Similarly, spares for components that are prone to breakdowns can be helpful if you're worried about the time it might take to ship new parts in the event of a malfunction.

Designate Responsibilities in Advance

How employees respond to outages may determine how quickly they're resolved and how soon your facility is able to return to business as usual. Strategic delegation is critical.

Who will be responsible for implementing your backup plan? How will temporary solutions be communicated to team members? Protocol for outages should be clear from the get-go.

If you're on the hunt for resources to help you deal with industrial equipment issues, look to Rochester Industrial Services, Inc. for help. Call 1.888.349.4638 for more information.