Nurturing machinery to ensure it performs at its best for decades doesn’t begin or end with an EMP or retrofitting the very latest innovations. Periodic, pre-organised service checks support efficient day-to-day operations, freeing up engineering and operational staff to conduct timely shutdowns, plan workloads and focus on other higher value tasks, all while knowing failure risks have been minimised.
Ideally, OEM service engineers should visit regularly to carry out maintenance and servicing or to replace critical wear parts to keep performance, quality and availability as high as possible. Across Norican Group, the four technologies offer service packages involving scheduled visits. The benefits are clear and proven. Commenting on his company’s ongoing Wheelabrator servicing relationship, Robert Morris, purchasing manager at Titan Steel Wheels, says:
“From an operational perspective, the predictability we’ve now got is hard to beat. We know who’s coming in and when; we always know where we’re at with each machine and the regular visits from Wheelabrator are a safety net that has restored our confidence in our own production timescales. We’ve never had this level of reliability with our blast machines, and major disruptions to production were a constant possibility.
Morris continues, “The programme we’ve developed with Wheelabrator represents a very grown-up approach to maintenance, removing uncertainties and risk from our operations and putting us back in control. Our shot blast operation now is the most efficient and has the highest productivity in the Titan Europe group.”
Machine-specific training is another significant factor in that can have a transformational impact. Beyond building up the skills of foundry workers and engineers with maintenance-level, inner-working knowledge that they can use every day, training turns the foundry workforce into a highly-informed first line of defence and emergency response unit. This higher level of staff understanding makes it easier for OEM technicians to guide operatives during a critical fix and can reduce the number of costly call-outs. A proactive equipment management strategy has to include training which is why every Norican Group technology provides expert technical training that can be delivered on site.