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Downtime Tracker

Increase Machine Up Time With Downtime Tracker

Track Downtime Carefully: It will be hard to do anything to prevent downtime when you don’t even know when or how downtime is happening. So the first step toward reducing unexpected production stalls is carefully and accurately tracking what sort of downtime is occurring.

Properly Train Employees: User error is one of the top causes for problems in the production line. Someone might apply too much force to a component of the line or use some materials incorrectly, and that ends up making a machine break down. To prevent this from happening, it’s imperative that companies properly train their employees to know how to use tools effectively. When you can rely on your team members to operate machines correctly, you can expect fewer operator-instigated slowdowns.

Invite Employee Input: Your employees work on the frontlines of production, so it is to your benefit to get them on the same page with you in reducing production stalls. Explain the problem with downtime and how it affects profits, and invite input on ways to better service machines, boost productivity, etc. Involving your staff members in the decision process helps them feel more invested in your business and gives them an incentive to work toward the same goals.

Implement a Regular Maintenance Schedule: In busy factories, it’s all too easy for regular maintenance to get neglected. The problem is that regular use takes a big toll on equipment, and so without proper maintenance, things are bound to shut down. To prevent this, practice regular, ongoing preventative maintenance strategies — everything from adding appropriate lubricants to clearing off dust buildup is important for keeping machines from breaking down.

Conduct Regular Evaluations and Set Specific Incentives: Most companies conduct regular performance reviews, but you can make yours more powerful by including a discussion of downtime. Set specific company goals — daily and quarterly — for reducing errors and improving productivity. Then, offer incentives to employees who reach those goals. Motivated employees are much more productive employees, so offering real rewards benefits everybody.

"The Best Way to Deal with a Problem is to Prevent it"

 

The NetFacilities DownTime Tracker

  • Preventive maintenance
  • Improve machine uptime
  • Eliminate manual data collection
  • Improve Inventory Accuracy
  • Accountability and Efficiencies
  • Remote viewing of status

Why would a business want this?

Preventive maintenance, Improve machine uptime, elimination of manual data collection, Improve Inventory Accuracy and development of ‘True’ job costs, Accountability and Efficiencies.

What business types is it most useful to?

Manufacturing is the main beneficiary of this feature. 

What business types must have it?

Manufacturing, Automotive, any industry where the uptime of machinery is crucial to the bottom line.

Why track downtime?

Improve Inventory Accuracy and development of ‘True’ job costs, Accountability and Efficiencies.

What insight can a company achieve with the data?

Reporting just simply and graphically delivers information such as status of each machine, automatic alerts when issues occur, productivity losses

What risks exist without tracking?

Nobody has to tell you that when disruptions occur, you need to react to them as quickly as possible in order to minimize the amount of time lost. Every hour without necessary replacement parts is an hour of productivity lost; historical machine downtime analysis establishes benchmarks and minimizes unplanned production downtime.

What are the gains with tracking?

Increased capacity and profitability by addressing downtime issues, quick identifier of production losses and bottlenecks, better informed decisions on capital equipment, better labor utilization and resource allocation, remote viewing of status.