In today’s world of IoT, there is a tendency to look for high-tech solutions to eliminate equipment breakdowns and improve reliability. But, in many cases, simpler solutions could easily improve the causes of many equipment breakdowns – solutions that are simple, practical, economical, reliable, and sustainable.
One of the most powerful and effortless solutions is “equipment-related visuals.” Do you want to improve your KPIs by reducing your equipment-specific training time while also eliminating equipment operations and maintenance errors?
Your equipment will be easier to operate, maintain, inspect, troubleshoot and solve problems.
It is a reality practiced at a growing number of manufacturing locations. Some OEMs also address these improvements when they design and build new equipment and machinery.
In our next example, a simple modification of the fixed guard will reduce inspection time to seconds instead of minutes or sometimes hours. A member of the autonomous team can do this inspection while the equipment is running; very little training is required. No need to stop the equipment, plan for CIP or other activities required after maintenance or PMs and even reduce the time for a maintenance team member to check the rotation of the motor after replacement.
Visual management requires that we think hard about simplification.