Train Your Operators
It does not matter how advanced the technology is, if it is not used correctly, and if it is not monitored properly, it will not work effectively. It takes a trained operator to understand the problem and to notify the person in charge that the equipment is faulty and needs to be maintained. Educating your equipment operators is key to extending the life of your equipment. They will make sure that little issues don’t turn in to big ones. Most importantly, they will know how to change the consumables correctly, how to setup the system to cut effectively and how to keep it running optimally.
In general, training operators can prevent issues of mis-use. They need to be trained to use that specific piece of equipment. Operators need to be trained on the specific model of equipment they will be using. An operation manual needs to be available and in place at all times so you can ensure operators are using the equipment the way it was meant to be used. An untrained equipment operator could unintentionally cause costly repairs. It is vitally important that the MicroStep trained service engineers come through and train any new staff on the cutting system. Too often we come across operators that have been trained by operators and there is much information lost in the process.
Our CNC Cutting Machines are highly intricate and need to be maintained regularly. Do you never service your car and wonder why it then breaks down? Generally not. This is the same. These machines have seals, belts, bolts, etc., that need to be replaced regularly. Rather than fixing it only when it is broken and then dealing with unscheduled down time, that ultimately will cost you more in the long run, schedule a maintenance when you can afford to.
Commit to it. It may seem like by being proactive you’re attempting to fix something that isn’t broken, but trust us, neglecting to do this will result in expensive repairs.
Checks are not the same thing as a service. Cutting systems should be inspected every time they are used. Trained operators should know what to look and listen for to ensure equipment is working properly. Looking out for the small things like wear and tear can take you a long way.