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Published on October 30th, 2018 | by Kandace H

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Small Business Owner? How to Get the Longest Life out of Your Equipment

Regardless of the industry that you work in, you may have spent a small fortune stocking your facility with equipment. This equipment may range from general office machines to manufacturing equipment and much more. In addition to having a huge financial investment in this equipment, your team may be dependent on it to complete their work activities. You understandably want to maximize the life of all equipment in your facility, and these steps may help you to accomplish this goal.

Choose the Right Equipment for the Job 
Some business owners purchase products that are not quite ideal for the intended task. While the equipment may get the job done, it could also create unnecessary strain or wear on the equipment in the process. Regardless of the type of equipment that you plan to purchase, it is best to choose a cost-effective machine that is intended to do the specific job that is needed.

Turn Off Equipment When Not in Use 
You may think that wear and tear is not taking a toll on equipment that is not actively being used, but this is not usually the case. When energy is coursing through equipment, usage can zap the machine of useful life or increase maintenance tasks. All machines that are not in use currently should be completely shut down. Plug-in machines should be disconnected from a power supply as well.

Schedule Maintenance Service 
All equipment and machines must be cleaned or maintained in various ways for maximum longevity. Some equipment, such as single stage direct drive compressors, that have a programmable maintenance schedule can tackle their own maintenance needs on your behalf. Other machines may require professional maintenance service periodically. Understand the maintenance and cleaning needs of all equipment in your facility, and create a schedule or plan so that these important tasks are not overlooked.

Repair Equipment at the First Sign of Trouble 
You may notice that equipment is not working quite right, but you may continue to use it until it completely fails. In some cases, this approach to the care of equipment can decrease the longevity of your equipment. It could also result in breakdowns that interfere with usage and cause more expensive repairs.

Extending the life of your various machines and equipment may help you to conserve financial resources for beneficial purposes. While these steps can help you to achieve desired results with your equipment, consider buying equipment with great reviews and a solid warranty going forward to ensure a long life.

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