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Advanced Engineering 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

04/11/2020 - 05/11/2020

The UK's largest annual advanced manufacturing trade show, Advanced Engineering is your opportunity to (more)

Drives & Controls Exhibition

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

25/01/2021 - 27/01/2021

The show brings together key suppliers of state-of-the-art equipment representing the multi-tasking culture (more)

How to capitalise from your component breakdowns

How to capitalise from your component breakdowns When a key component breaks down, the first impulse is invariably to source a like for like replacement. But consider that you could be making not just significant savings in the price of the component by having it repaired, but also huge increases in your overall process reliability and plant productivity. That in turn could mean a lower overhead, greater profitability and perhaps even vastly improved customer satisfaction. Whilst the general perception is always that the new product will deliver the longest working lifespan and lead to increased process reliability, consider instead that it may be the repaired product that actually delivers the tangible improvement to overall reliability. Replacing like for like with a new product will, in almost all cases, not give you the benefit of analysing the failed item. A detailed analysis won't always be possible, but when it is it often provides a valuable insight into the real causes of the component failure, which may actually be a hidden problem with the process itself. If you don't analyse the component, you're potentially wasting a valuable opportunity to improve that part of the process. Good analysis that identifies the root cause of the problem will not only mean savings in the cost of subsequent components, but could also mean a big boost to your plant reliability generally, and even to an increase in the quality of your manufactured product.
 
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