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.

Use data to drive decisions

When your machines have a problem do you complain to management in the hope that they will hear and eventually fix it or do you show them why it needs to be fixed? You are surround by data on a daily basis instead of hoping someone hears your pleas present them with the data to help support the decision to replace, repair or upgrade the machine.

Put safety first

Making sure that your equipment is safe should be at the top of your agenda. In many manufacturing facilities operators will sometimes override safety protocols to maintain throughput but this can do more harm than good in the end. Cutting corners on safety to keep your equipment running doesn’t help anyone, if anything it puts the health and safety of your operators at risk. If you want to ensure reliability from your machines adhere to all the safety protocols.

Follow the checklist

You would be hard pressed to find a piece of equipment or machinery today that doesn’t come with a comprehensive set of guidelines for operation. This means that in your plastic manufacturing facility every one of the machines you run has come with a detailed checklist for the start-up and shut down of the machines. Although it may seem like following these guidelines can be tedious the truth is the manufacturers have put this list together to help you get the most out of your machines. Follow the checklist very time.