Minimize Temporary Fixes
When machinery fails, time is the most important consideration in many cases. For businesses, the temptation is there to carry out stop-gap fixes that provide a temporary solution.
Of course, this approach can allow you to get things running again and minimize short-term downtime.
But temporary fixes are just that. And in the long term, they can actually cause more issues and inefficiencies. Putting a bandage on a problem will mean you can use your equipment again quickly, but such quick repairs are likely to fail again sooner rather than later.
Over the years, this will add up and cause a greater number of downtime periods. Although these may be shorter, the volume of their occurrences can make them incredibly costly.
Temporary fixes might include:
- Plugging small fluid leaks
- Securing loose parts
- Attaching broken parts
- Lubricating noisy components
- Soaking up fluid leaks with absorbents without fixing the leak
There are times when temporary, stop-gap fixes are vital, such as when there’s a long lead time on parts. For chronic failures that occur time and again, however, fixes shouldn’t be temporary. By employing LOCTITE® products like sealants and threadlockers to make quick repairs, you can combine reduced downtime with reliability and longevity.
This means that rather than fixing things over and over, you can carry out a single repair that lasts longer. For example, if you find you’re always patching up leaks to keep things moving, thread sealants can provide a more permanent solution, preventing fluid leaks and reducing the risk of the problem raising its head again.
Quick repairs are important in manufacturing, but they needn’t be temporary.