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In a number of industries, operators are increasingly turning to outside contractors to take advantage of consistent maintenance schedules and expert service. Conducted by experienced and well-trained technicians from specialty companies, these contracts have been found to improve safety and control costs. Specialty contracting may be a better choice for service than internal resources, since the providers are fully trained on the newest equipment designs and safety procedures. In many cases, they may be able to secure replacement equipment more quickly during periods of unscheduled downtime due to their industry-wide contacts. Performance problems with conveyor components and systems can frequently be traced to improper installation or insufficient maintenance. It’s recommended that the component manufacturer or expert contractor install equipment on both new and retrofit applications. Serious performance problems stem from a lack of proper maintenance. Using a specialty contractor (also known as a ‘certified contractor’) for installation and ongoing maintenance contributes to safer and more efficient production – with less unscheduled downtime – and in the long run saves money and reduces injuries. Training and retention The time and resources required to train employees on equipment and certify them to conduct certain procedures such as confined space entry, electrical work, etc. can be a significant ongoing expense. As workers become more experienced and gain certifications to properly maintain efficient systems, their value in the marketplace rises, and retention can become an issue. In contrast, specialty contractors must be experienced, knowledgeable and certified to conduct the appointed maintenance, and it’s up to the contracted company to retain and train that staff. Maintenance danger zones Due to a greater emphasis on safety and the expensive consequences of unscheduled downtime, bulk handlers are being more meticulous about conveyor operation and maintenance. This increased scrutiny includes regular cleaning of spillage, improved dust control, […]
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