We all know how important servicing our cars is and we do our level best to make sure they’re serviced on time because we know how essential this is to keeping them running optimally.

This philosophy is not only important for your car but for any large piece of machinery or equipment you own including your injection moulding machine. What’s surprising is that very few people know the value conducting maintenance on their moulding machines can add to their production processes.

When it comes to injection moulding, maintenance refers to the cleaning and repairs necessary to keep an injection moulding machine in the best working order. There are four main types of care and maintenance you should know about when it comes to the upkeep of your machines.

Preventative maintenance

Preventative maintenance is performed on equipment or machinery that is still working to decrease the likelihood of it failing in the future. This type of maintenance should be performed on a regular basis and is probably the most important type for your business. This is because it can spare you a lot of lost production time and money by eliminating problems before they occur.

Unfortunately, it is the one type of maintenance many manufacturers fail to invest in because it requires a little extra work on the part of the manufacturer and they simply do not see the value until it is too late.

The best part of it is that it’s something that can be planned for which means you have as little disruption to your production process as possible. Unplanned maintenance can be very costly when you add up the lost production, higher costs for parts and shipping, and other emergency measures you have to put in place.

Predictive maintenance

Predictive maintenance and preventative maintenance seem quite similar however it differs by basing the maintenance need on the actual condition of the machine rather than a time based schedule.  With preventative maintenance your concern is primarily time based activities such as changing lubricant after a certain amount of equipment run time or after a certain number of days, weeks etc.

Predictive maintenance on the other hand only occurs when the measures you put in place detect a decline in the machine or system’s functionality. This usually indicates a potential problem and allows you to step in and eliminate any casual stressors that could lead to further deterioration and larger system failures down the line.

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