Your machinery and equipment is at the heart of the plastic parts you produce and keeping them functioning optimally is important. In addition to following the advice from your equipment supplier there are a few things you and your operators can do to improve the reliability of your machines.

In this two-part post we’ll look at 6 things your equipment operators can do to improve the reliability and function of your plastic manufacturing machines.

Keep it clean

The one piece of advice Plastic & Chemical Trading technicians said they would give to customers is to keep their machines clean. Clean machines run significantly better and if you want to make sure you reduce the amount of maintenance needed on your machines and the accompanying downtown you will abide by this rule. It’s important for operators to set aside time to clean machines thoroughly, they need to know how to clean the machines, what cleaning agents to use, type of cloth and how they are should look when the task is complete.


As a plastic manufacturer you have invested a substantial amount of money in the machinery that produces the plastic products that drive your business, why would you let someone operate your machinery who has not been sufficiently trained? Besides being unsafe this could cost you thousands of rands in repairs and downtime should anything go wrong.

Stop machine hopping

Many people believe that operators should know how to operate every piece of machinery but this can do more harm than good. Ask yourself how much your operators could possibly learn about how a machine really functions if they are constantly switching between machines. This affects the efficiency of your operations because you will have many “jacks of all trades” and masters of none. This is not to say that you shouldn’t have people on your team who are skilled across the board, these are your line and team leaders.

 Lookout for part 2 of our post.