How to Reduce Hot Melt Equipment Downtime
Routine maintenance of hot melt equipment is crucial for various industries that rely on adhesive application processes. However, rising challenges such as supply chain disruptions, logistics issues, and staff shortages have further complicated these routine maintenance efforts. Fortunately, there are strategies to help you decrease the downtime of your hot melt equipment while ensuring optimal performance.
Select the right hot melt equipment for your specific production needs
Investing in inferior hot melt equipment or machinery that does not align with specific application requirements is a regular challenge we see when we walk into a plant for the first time.
Want to know one of the best-kept secrets to outperform your competitors? Select high-quality equipment that is best suited for your application for increased efficiency, reliability, and durability.
As a full-service adhesives solutions provider, we have access to high-quality brands and products, like Graco® InvisiPac®, which is a melt on demand system leading it to greatly reduce char formation. Our service team will do everything from install, test runs, and perform service to keep your lines running optimally.
Develop a hot melt equipment preventative maintenance program
If you haven’t invested in a routine maintenance program for your hot melt equipment, you could lose more money. Some challenges associated with unexpected hot melt equipment downtime include:
- Thousands of dollars in lost profits
- Expensive repairs
- Issues with getting necessary replacement parts
How much is downtime costing you? New customers almost always come to us with unplanned downtime due to maintenance issues, often because they don’t have the staff to perform routine – or even emergency – maintenance needed to keep lines running.
By developing a solid preventative maintenance program with a consistent schedule, you can significantly reduce these costs. Routine maintenance should include upgrading to high-quality parts or equipment when necessary, as well as regular cleaning and inspections to identify and address potential problems before they arise.
During your preventative maintenance for your hot melt equipment, remember to address the following components:
- System temperatures
- Hot melt tanks
- Gun and tank filters
- Hot melt hoses
- Guns and nozzles
APPLIED technicians keep complete ledgers of all our customers’ equipment information (product information, installation data, maintenance records, etc.) and properly record and track data so our customers can rest assured that their hot melt dispensing equipment preventative maintenance will be scheduled on time.
Build a team of experienced and reliable technicians
Preventing costly downtime on your hot melt equipment requires experienced and reliable technicians who can respond quickly to maintenance requests and effectively troubleshoot equipment issues.
Having difficulty hiring, training and retaining enough technicians to do the job? You’re not alone.
Partner with a service provider, such as APPLIED Adhesives. We offer a team of skilled technicians with an in-depth knowledge of complete hot melt systems. These professionals can not only handle routine maintenance tasks, but also identify potential problems, minimizing the risk of major breakdowns and expensive repairs.
Efficiency checks are a great way to make sure systems reach their full potential. APPLIED Adhesives technicians use a Total Cost-In-Use approach to quantify hot melt adhesive costs per package and assess potential solutions to reduce a plant’s total spend, while enhancing overall quality and line efficiency.
Think outside the box
To further optimize hot melt equipment preventive maintenance and reduce costs, consider an Equipment Maintenance Agreement (EMA) with APPLIED as an extension of your service team. By partnering with APPLIED through our EMA, we can help you:
- Save money on costly downtime through preventive maintenance and regular ‘health checkups’ on your equipment.
- Develop a strategy for cutting unnecessary costs and improving productivity by procuring the best equipment and parts for your needs through our access to OEMs across the globe. We offer our KEYSTONE brand of quality aftermarket parts, which can result in significant savings.
- Have seasoned, reliable service technicians who will make you their top priority. Our factory-trained service technicians not only service the equipment you purchase from us, but also maintain the equipment you already own.
Decreasing – or banishing – the downtime associated with your hot melt equipment is critical to your success. By selecting the right equipment, implementing a preventative maintenance program, and partnering with a company that can provide experienced technicians throughout the country, you can effectively reduce costs associated with unscheduled maintenance and optimize the performance of your hot melt equipment.
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