The spare parts market has seen a major boost in the last few years as companies have realized just how critical it is to have a good relationship with their platform maintenance suppliers. It is becoming more common for platform lifts to encounter a fault during operation, and it is often the case that the spare parts necessary to keep the machine going and to continue working are not easily available. This means that any time the platform is used, there is an increased risk of the machine needing expensive and complex repairs, and downtime is also more frequent than before. Therefore, if you are planning on using a lift for your business, then you need to make sure that you are working with a company which can provide both the spare parts as well as the labour to carry out the repairs. This article will briefly look at the main elements you need to consider when selecting a provider for your platform maintenance needs.
You need to identify how many weekly or monthly platforms have you been using in order to establish what size of provider you are going to need. If you have a relatively small site with a limited amount of lift capacity then going with a local supplier may be the best option for your needs. However, if you have a larger or heavier lift then it may be necessary to contract with a supplier which offers a better range of products, or requires a higher volume of stock. When contracting with a platform maintenance provider, you should identify their ability to service your specific application. For instance, you may only require a small amount of spare parts at any one time, so it is important to establish whether they are capable of fulfilling your request at that moment.
Many of the large platform maintenance companies are able to arrange for a rapid response to emergency calls, which means that customers can usually get a response to their problem within hours. In order to ensure that your company is kept up to date with all of the latest maintenance news and technology, you need to find a provider which provides ongoing access to information and technicians. An integrated system is ideal for ensuring that all services are provided in accordance with industry standards.
Although it is highly desirable to avoid any unwanted downtime, it is vital for platforms to be maintained according to scheduled maintenance and repair times. If there are gaps in service, this will inevitably result in an increased level of call-outs to your center point, and may also lead to further damage to your equipment. This problem can be solved by establishing clear communication with your chosen platform maintenance provider regarding any upcoming maintenance and repair events. For instance, if your machinery is due for a regular maintenance visit then you may ask them to confirm that the scheduled maintenance date is likely to be at a time which would not affect the day-to-day running of your business.
Once you have established regular maintenance and repair times, you can make use of the latest platform enhancement tools to reduce the impact of any potential downtime. These include scheduling automatic email notifications and sending out a message to all existing and potential customers regarding any upcoming repairs. You may also want to consider investing in a dedicated workforce which can perform platform maintenance work around the clock. Alternatively, you may wish to establish a tie up between a third party service provider and your own in-house team. A quality, experienced platform maintenance provider will offer you a complete range of services which can include cleaning, upgrading testing, lubricating and replacing bearings, moving components and other repairs, in addition to a host of other advanced repair and platform services.
If you are considering purchasing a heatbed, then it is imperative that you make sure that it is designed to meet the highest industry and regulatory standards. In order to do this, you will need to contact a heatbed manufacturer who will conduct a comprehensive inspection and identify any potential safety concerns. The inspection report will provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about purchasing a heatbed. By law, all heatbeds must be fitted with a Perforated Plate (PP) system in place to prevent the formation of limescale, a white film which builds up over time on your heatbed’s surface. You should also ensure that your heatbed supplier supplies a heatbed that has been designed to comply with health and safety standards. Finally, it would be advisable to choose a reputable platform maintenance company that employs a team of fully trained technicians so that any problems with your heatbed can be dealt with as quickly and effectively as possible.