All machines are prone to wear and tear. However, it’s possibly to delay this wear and tear with thorough maintenance checks and precautionary measures. This could minimise the costs spent on machinery repairs and replacements as well as keeping productivity high. Here are just five ways to keep machinery in good condition.

Keep a cleaning schedule

Cleaning your machinery can prevent faults such as blockages and contamination. It’s important to keep up a regular cleaning schedule that will prevent these faults from occurring. Some equipment is self-cleaning, whilst other equipment may need to be manually cleaned. Depending on the complexity, you may need to hire a professional to do this cleaning work.  

Improve the air quality

Poor air quality can also lead to damage. Too much moisture in the air could cause components to rust or could result in machines like air compressors becoming saturated – an air dryer from a site such as may be required. Fans could also be needed for keeping air cool and getting rid of dust.

Keep a maintenance log

A maintenance log can help to keep track of any faults that a machine is experiencing. This can help you to spot when fault is getting worse. It could even pick up recurring faults and allow you to establish a pattern allowing you to predict future problems. Keeping a log requires carrying out regular servicing on machines. This should be done by a qualified member of staff or an outsourced technician.

Use smart analytics

An easier way to spot faults is to rely on smart analytics. Many modern high-tech machines are now being fitted with sensors that can pick up on faults such as worn parts and dirty fans before they pose a serious problem. You can also retrofit old machines with smart sensors as detailed at sites such as

Pour time and effort into training staff

It’s important that your staff know how to maintain machinery within your company, whether its cleaning components or being able to read analytics data that has been collected. Untrained staff could fail to spot signs of damage and lead to a major failure. It’s even possible that these untrained staff could cause damage to the machine themselves through misuse.

Respond to faults promptly

As soon as you find a fault with a machine, make sure that its dealt with as soon as possible. Damage that is ignored could become worse over time and lead to more costly repairs. You want to have the option of being able to replace individual parts and not having to replace the whole machine. Not all faults are worth worrying about – you should prioritise the ones that are damaging the productivity of your business or showing signs of getting worse.