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Why Should We Keep Track Of Equipment Downtime


Unexpected equipment failure can result in costly interruption of the process, damage to equipment, and loss of product. Downtime may also divert people from their Preventive Maintenance (PM) responsibilities. These consequences can result in expensive overtime and reduced PM completion rates. In the extreme case, this can eventually lead to a chaotic "run-to-fail" cycle.

Collect downtime data

The best way to track down a device is to use Computer Maintenance Management System (CMMS). While many of these programs use Ticketing Systems to track downtime, CMMS with dedicated downtime modules can better analyze and report on equipment issues and trends. It does not make sense to record a device failure instance as working. Of course, you usually create a corresponding ticket to correct the failure. However, one work instance and one failed instance should be saved as a separate record.

When collecting downtime data, it is important to determine how to record downtime. Is down reason field user-defined and easy to understand? Some maintenance operations prefer the more general failure that leads to naming conventions. Examples may include "electricity", "machinery", "operations" and the like. Other managers may prefer more descriptive reason definitions, such as "Fuse blown", "operator error" or "hydropower." Either way is acceptable as long as it meets the requirements of the maintenance manager. However, a more descriptive failure will lead to a more accurate analysis of downtime.

The actual time it takes to stop a recording device is important, but what about the other losses caused by this event? In many cases, overtime and other under-staffing factors exceed the direct maintenance costs of downtime due to product damage due to equipment failure. A good downtime tracking system must consider all of these factors.

The benefits of downtime tracking

Downtime data is valuable for many reasons. First, by understanding downtime trends, you can prioritize and implement corrective actions to prevent other equipment failures. CMMSs that track downtime, such as maintenance shifts and geographic locations, further enhance the maintenance manager's decision-making power. Maybe downtime is disproportionate during certain production shifts. This can be solved through training, which has nothing to do with maintenance.

Downtime data also helps maintenance managers prioritize preventative maintenance and equipment replacement. Proper equipment replacement can now be verified and simplified. Statistical analysis, reporting and plotting downtime history will show the trend of equipment failure. These trends can be used to guide your prevention and remedial efforts.

Tracking downtime has a profound impact on how resources are used, when and where they are maintained. By investing time and money in the maintenance department and the organization as a whole, it's easy to invest in downtime for logging equipment.

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