Make the Most out of Your Summer Shutdown
With beach weather upon us, it’s that time of year that we experience an amped-up surge in our workload approaching — Summer Shutdown.
So what are Summer Shutdowns all about?
Many of our customer’s shutdown for continuous improvement efforts and to minimize or eliminate additional downtime during regular operations. It’s a perfect opportunity to upgrade or replace equipment, make improvements or changes to production lines, and conduct maintenance that CAN’T be done at just any time – many of these functions require shutting down all or portions of an assembly line. Hence, the Summer Shutdown.
Shutdown duration’s vary but typically average 1 – 3 weeks, so it’s important to plan ahead and use that time wisely. Not every worker in an operation gets a few weeks off though – for the most part, summer shutdowns apply only to those working on the assembly lines. But for those that maintain the equipment, it’s time to get things done to ensure everything starts back up and keeps operations moving along efficiently.
So how will you be spending your Summer Shutdown?
To get maximum benefit – it’s key to plan ahead. It’s not too early to start thinking about the improvements that will help make your facility future-proof. If it falls upon your shoulders to increase productivity and reduce errors on the line, there’s a good chance you can use a little assistance. Span Tech has been assisting facilities to exceed their goals for decades, so in preparing for seasonal shutdowns, here are some ideas on how we can help;
Pre-ordering Spare Parts:
We recommend keeping Bill of Materials Spare Parts on hand at all times – having the right parts on hand when you need them will save you valuable time and money on things like expediting, freight/shipping and can help eliminate patch jobs.
With the job number, we can access drawings and bill of materials to locate everything you need quickly.
We understand things happen, and if you should need something quickly, we have the ability to expedite and can usually fabricate within one day in case of some catastrophic failure or oversight.
Contact our Parts Team today – here to meet your expectations and handle all your parts needs.
Schedule Customer Service Calls:
Here at Span Tech, we like to offer a proactive approach to Customer Service.
Proactive Services we suggest include:
- System Audits and Conveyor Evaluations – to catch unforeseen issues that may cause costly future downtime.
- Installation Supervision – we come to your facility and guide your installation crew during the mechanical installation or field modifications of our conveyor to ensure they are installed safely and properly. This frees up your Maintenance Technicians for more complex OEM equipment.
- Preventative Maintenance Agreements – can be set up on a Monthly or Quarterly basis.
- Classroom and Hands-on Maintenance Service Training Programs – with over 29 years of combined knowledge and expertise we can pass along to your Maintenance staff to make them at ease when working on Span Tech conveyors. Offered at our locations in; Glasgow, KY and our new Service Center in Waukesha, WI.
Contact our Customer Service Team today to schedule time and order parts to be ready for your Shutdown period – to do maintenance and help get you running in the shortest possible time-frame.
It’s the perfect time to make improvements that will make a major difference to your operation – that you DON’T have the time for other months of the year. Take advantage of the Summer Shutdown and let Span Tech help you refresh and refurbish before your restart.
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