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Old July 22nd, 2011, 02:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Implement a Maintenance Schedule—and Stick to It! by Rich Hoffman


The first step in successful preventative maintenance is scheduling and tracking. You wouldn’t drive your car without ever changing the oil or checking the tires, and the equipment in your shop may be worth far more than any car you’ve ever owned.

While a maintenance tracking program is especially important in large shops, where keeping track of what has—and hasn’t—been done can be difficult because of the number of people involved, it’s also wise in small shops, where it can be easy to forget what was done—and when it was done. If you’ve ever missed an important date that you trusted to memory, you know what we mean.

1. Set up a maintenance schedule for every piece of capital equipment in your shop.

Use your owner’s manual to create a matrix of each maintenance task, the dates the maintenance is to be done, and the person responsible. Ideally, this should be created on a spreadsheet, with a copy for signing-off kept at or near the equipment.

2. Assign the task to a specific person, and identify a backup.

Depending on your operation, you may choose to assign certain tasks to the equipment operator, or you may assign someone to do all the maintenance in your shop. Either way, make sure someone is assigned to step in if the primary person is unavailable.

3. Set up clear, concise maintenance procedures and make sure they are understood.

Those procedures should include documenting when the maintenance procedure was completed—and by whom.

4. Follow-up to make sure the procedures are being carried out.

This involves (a) checking the maintenance sign-off sheets (which, ideally, should be input into a spreadsheet or database) and (b) making spot-checks to verify that the maintenance procedures being documented are actually being done. Set aside time every month to check the records and to check some of the equipment. Since some tasks (like cleaning circulation and air-intake blower filters on dryers) should be done daily—usually by the operator—you can simply be on hand at the start of the shift to see if the maintenance is being done.

It’s an old and trite saying, but it’s also a true one: Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you.
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Old July 22nd, 2011, 03:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Now that things has finally calmed down let's have a civil discussion on the State of the industry :-@

From Spider Machines prospective the industry has a tremendous potential for the advancement of Technology <--- what does that mean Spiderman :-?

Well it's simple ... If you look at the way a t-shirt is actually printed ... it is an ancient process that has survived/thrived ... However ... our industry needs better Technology to increase the control of the variables of the process ... How do we do that you ask :-?

Simple ...

Measurable Processes = Measurable Results

We "Screen Print" so there really are two separate things that have to happen Measurable Processes for the "Screen" -and- Measurable Processes for the "Print"

If you have your arms around the process -then- Tell us what you do in your shop -and- more importantly what type of equipment changes would you like to see in the future that would allow you better control :-?
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Old July 22nd, 2011, 03:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Your post has nothing to do with the THREAD. Guess you just want or need drama. Sad how you don't have anything to offer to a very informative post, so you hijack instead.
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Old July 22nd, 2011, 03:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Talk about disrespect to Marc, he is trying to calm it down over here and look who is re-stirring the pot.
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Sorry Marc, I tried...
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DUDE...You guys ruined the Screen Printer Soap Opera.
There are many P.O. printers mad that you ruined there entertainment.
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DUDE...You guys ruined the Screen Printer Soap Opera.
There are many P.O. printers mad that you ruined there entertainment.
Everyone has to admit.... There is at least some truth to this.
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DUDE...You guys ruined the Screen Printer Soap Opera.
There are many P.O. printers mad that you ruined there entertainment.
I have more respect for this site then you and they do.
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I come to these sites mainly for educational purposes.

I want to learn as much as I can about the process and machines.

I'll be happy if we can stay civil and on point.
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