Equipment Maintenance Tracking

Written by Elisabeth Forsythe
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Equipment that’s not maintained on a regular basis starts showing its age pretty quickly. It doesn’t perform as well, it breaks down more often, and it can need to be replaced years before expected. This isn’t a revolutionary notion--it’s plain common sense to take good care of the equipment upon which your business depends. But sometimes this important issue gets forgotten amid other pressing needs. Business can be so busy and your employees so numerous, that no one knows what’s been done or when it’s time for a checkup. That’s when equipment maintenance tracking comes in handy.

Take the time to create a file on every piece of equipment you own: its serial number and warranty information, when it was purchased, and what kind of maintenance is recommended. Is it a chainsaw that needs regular sharpening and oiling? Or a truck that needs an oil change every three months? Once you determine what needs to be done to keep your equipment in mint condition, you can start scheduling future maintenance.

Assign each maintenance task to a specific person, and follow up to make sure the schedule is followed. It’s especially helpful if the repair and maintenance history of your equipment is faithfully recorded as it happens. Then if you have a new employee working on older machinery, they have a reference guide to follow.

Help Your Equipment Age Gracefully with Maintenance Tracking

Don’t leave your equipment’s maintenance to chance. If you assume “someone” will do it “eventually,” you could be setting your company up for disaster. Equipment maintenance tracking is a painless way to help make sure your projects are executed smoothly, without unnecessary setbacks.

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