Do Not Miss These Insights on Maintenance

Maintaining equipment properly is a common struggle for companies as equipment maintenance duties funnel down to even the smallest man on the totem pole. What is your company doing to ensure that everyone has the company as a whole in mind when utilizing and caring for company equipment?

We have taken insights from industry leaders to provide you with more information in a snap shot. Plantengineering.com says, “Develop strategies with preventative, predictive, and reactive maintenance in mind.

“If you use preventive maintenance in conjunction with a predictive and reactive maintenance strategy, you can control costs while managing downtime and maximizing uptime. While a reactive case is unplanned, you should be able to plan your work and work your plan for preventive maintenance. If you know you have a contract with a service provider and have scheduled maintenance, you can ensure the provider shows up on time and that you have the parts ready to go (plan for parts to be delivered a day ahead of time). Then, you can maximize the service provider's time on the equipment, avoid wait time and get your equipment back in service more quickly.”

Warrencat.com offers a checklist of equipment management solutions:

  • Train operators best practices.
  • Monitor your equipment location and activities.
  • Examine how machines run and condition.
  • Plan for potential or necessary repairs before a problem occurs, to avoid failure or delays in projects timeline.
  • Anticipate life cycle of equipment.
  • Estimate operating costs effectively.
  • Commit to preventative maintenance.
  • Inspect equipment daily.
  • Monitor fluids.
  • Compare cost of onsite maintenance vs. in shop repairs.
  • Use checklists.
  • Don’t skimp on quality.
  • Form a downtime plan.

Whomever you are in an organization don’t discard your influence to make money and time sensitive solution suggestions. Take time to educate yourself to influence the industry and hold your company to high standards. Speak up and offer solutions.

Savings You Can Tell Your Boss About

If the role you play at the company you work for determines budgets we have compiled diverse information we think you should consider before diving into the 2018 year.

Facilitiesnet.com offers an article with insight on the distinction between discretionary and consequential costs, “many senior executives seem to not understand that a lot of facility costs are not discretionary… in the long term (sometimes not-so-long term) many facilities costs are consequential costs.”

Consider an equipment covering, a company that invests in a covering will get a longer life out of the equipment which means less cost over time protecting company goods against outside elements. When considering a cover potentially spending more on custom features to offer better overall protection, higher grade materials, and ease of use may mean a longer lasting cover and the cover will perform better when in use.

Another article from facilitiesnet.com jumps into other items to consider with budgeting for the New Year upon us.

  1. “Utilize technology” – the cost in efficiency may save over time in the long run. Connect with industry leaders using technology to ensure it is a true fit before making the investment.
  2. Communicate and grow a green culture – more energy efficient and greener can help reduce costs while ensuring everyone becomes more environmentally conscious.”
  3. “Work with nature” – during winter allow natural light for heat. In the summer creating custom covering can cool and decrease energy use in the summer months.
  4. “Don’t overlook the little things – these things are a part of a bigger picture. Examples include: turning off vending lights, changing filter screens, proper temperature refrigeration, window leaks, etc.”

Cutting Costs can be highly effective if processed with all industry factors in mind. Hopefully we offered solutions you can bring to budget meetings for 2018.

Information You'll Never Need To Know, But Is Interesting Anyway

Though it may be hard to believe – the art of sewing is not a modern invention. In fact, archaeologists have discovered evidence of hand sewing dating back to as early as the ice age.

The very first sewing needles were made from animal bones and thread was made from animal sinew (tendons). Metal needles didn’t become the standard until the 14th century, while the first eyed needles appeared around the 15th century.

The Birth of Industrial Sewing

Though sewing has been a part of human history for at least 20,000 years, it wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution (around 200 years ago) that mechanical sewing was invented.

Many countries played a vital role in the development of the first sewing machine, but the first patent for an industrial machine was issued in 1790 to an English inventor named Thomas Saint. His machine was unique because allowed both leather and canvas to be securely stitched together.

Industrial sewing machines became more advanced as the 17th century progressed. And in 1830 that the first functional sewing machine (which closely replicated sewing by hand) was invented by a French tailor namedBarthelemy Thimonnier.

Thimonnier’s machine only used a single thread and a hooked needle which together made the same chain stitch used with classic embroidery. Though his machine was a huge leap for the sewing industry — not everyone was pleased. Weary of unemployment, a fuming group of French tailors started Thimonnier’s garment shop on fire – nearly killing him in the process.

Industrial Sewing in America

In 1834, an American named Walter Hunt developed a commercial sewing machine that created a locked stitch from underneath the machine using a second thread.

Unfortunately, he never patented his design and a fellow American inventor named Elias Howe received credit instead. As a result, Howe encountered several problems related to patenting and marketing his machine.

A series of patent wars broke out, namely with Isaac Singer – one of the largest sewing machine manufacturers to use Howe’s invention. Howe won his case and was entitled to royalties from Singer until his patent expired (which interestingly enough, was the same year Howe died).

Around the same time, civil war had broken out and the production of military uniforms went sky high, making Howe and Singer the first American inventors to reach millionaire status.

Modern Industrial Sewing

In 1873, Helen Augusta Blanchard invented and patented the first zigzag stitch sewing machine. Her invention made sewing edges sturdier and higher quality. In addition to the zigzag stitch sewing machine, Blanchard also released a series of other inventions including a hat-sewing machine and surgical needles.

For the most part, the first industrial sewing machines were used by workers in garment factory production lines. It wasn’t until 1889 that a machine for home use was marketed to the general public. This invention was further refined with the widespread use of electricity in 1905.

Today, the sewing machine remains one of the most important inventions in history, precisely because it gave rise to the textile industry. It’s creation sparked companies to continue experimenting with technology and revolutionize the industrial sewing industry.

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