Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance is often viewed by companies as an unnecessary expenditure. In most cases, this is far from the truth and can prove to be a very costly mistake to make. Many companies tend to focus solely on the immediate issues that arise – repairing or replacing parts when something goes wrong and reacting to urgent matters. While reactive maintenance is necessary in certain situations, transitioning to preventative maintenance is a strategy that will save both time and money, as well as help operations to run more smoothly. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at preventative maintenance with a spotlight on how it can save a company money over the long term.

What Is Preventive Maintenance?

Preventative maintenance is not about fixing problems. Its focus is on preventing those problems from ever happening in the first place. It includes activities such as cleaning, lubrication, adjustments, repairs, and parts replacement. Each of these activities is performed to keep equipment running in top condition and to prevent downtime and reactive fixes.

How Preventative Maintenance Saves You Money

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1) Reduced Downtime

When it comes to production, the phrase ‘time is money’ rings true. Every time machinery goes down for maintenance, you’re losing money both from employee wages (since employees must wait for the equipment to be fixed) and from products (which cannot be produced when the equipment goes down). Preventative maintenance drastically reduces downtime because the entire purpose is to prevent downtime.

2) Increased Operational Efficiency

When preventative maintenance is properly implemented, equipment is routinely maintained so it can always run at optimal condition. When machines run more efficiently, they don’t have to use as much energy and resources. This means cost savings as well as improving your environmental footprint.

3) Reduce the Risk of Expensive Reactive Maintenance

Reactive maintenance is incredibly expensive. When something breaks unexpectedly, you have the costs of your maintenance crew (which can include overtime pay), the cost of the extra time it takes to diagnose the problem and the cost of the parts (which can include expedited shipping charges). Preventative maintenance can dramatically reduce the risk of these costs. With preventative maintenance, routine checks and planned maintenance at convenient times, you avoid large and expensive fixes down the road.

4) Increase the Life of Equipment

In addition to reducing downtime and expensive fixes, preventative maintenance will also increase the life of your equipment. When everything is up to date and working properly, you will maximize the lifespan of your equipment, helping you get the most out of your investment.

5) Improved Customer Service

Your customers put trust and confidence in the goods or services you provide. They expect that these things will be delivered on time, and no one wants to hear that the products will be delayed because of machinery failures. When you can consistently provide quality, on-time service to your customers, you’ll end up with happier customers, better reviews, more referrals and ultimately more sales.

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Implementing a Preventative Maintenance Program

If you’ve been relying on reactive maintenance but want a solution that will save you money, time and stress, it’s time to turn to preventative maintenance.

We recommend for the following equipment be on a preventative maintenance schedule:

  • Air Compressors
  • Compressed Air Dryers
  • Exhaust Fans
  • Packaged RTU’s
  • Split Refrigeration Systems
  • Process Chillers
  • Cooling Towers
  • Make Up Air Units
  • Dust Collection Systems
  • Infrared Heating Systems
  • Boilers
  • Unit Heaters
  • All types of HVAC equipment
  • Backflow Preventer

As you can see, preventative maintenance offers many benefits. Make the switch today and the cost savings will start to add up quickly for your business.

Interested in implementing an effective preventative maintenance plan for your business or organization?

Contact us today or call us at (888) 833-8776 to learn how we can streamline your production with preventative maintenance.


Equipment Maintenance

Regular maintenance of equipment is an important and necessary activity. Maintenance covers many activities including inspection, testing, measurement, replacement and adjustment. There are two types of maintenance: preventive maintenance is planned and focuses on preventing future problems, while corrective maintenance is reactive and occurs when equipment requires service to be repaired. Preventive maintenance is all-inclusive to improve reliability, reduce the probability of an unexpected breakdown and extend your equipment’s lifespan.

Our equipment maintenance teams are highly trained and skilled to know the ins and outs of your equipment. Our knowledgeable staff is productive and safe, which means your equipment is in the best hands.

Equipment MaintenanceMaintenance can be a high-risk activity. There can also be difficulties in accessing equipment that requires maintenance and this may require work at heights or confined space entry. At Lee Contracting we always ensure that safe working procedures are followed. Our technicians prepare their workspace, complete any necessary safety documents, identify potential hazards, make sure to be equipped with the correct tools and wear PPE. Our safety department helps eliminate safety hazards. We continue to maintain safe, organized, clean and efficient job sites as the safety of our personnel and customers is always our top priority.

Our approach is to provide preventative maintenance for your machinery & equipment. But we know that emergencies happen, which is why we provide 365-day, 24/7 emergency service to those in need of getting equipment up and running. Our machine repair department is made of highly skilled machine repair, industrial maintenance and machinist teams ready to maintain and repair your equipment.

Call us today to receive a free quote for your next industrial project, (888) 833-8776.


Industrial Machine Repair

industrial machine repairLee’s highly skilled machine repair team can rebuild and refurbish your machinery as an alternative to buying new equipment. While many machine repair and refurbishment projects can be completed on-site, our fully equipped facility can accommodate major tasks with speed and efficiency. Our machine repair department offers cost-effective solutions and reduced downtime by utilizing our large facility, experienced staff, state-of-the-art equipment and mobile machining services.

Our machine repair capabilities include:

  • Mechanical inspections
  • Mechanical press rebuilds
    • Crown
      • Shafts
      • Bushings
      • Gears
    • Ram/columns
  • Hydraulic press rebuilds
  • Major maintenance
    • Clutch & brake
    • Counter balance
    • Cylinders
    • Conveyor systems
    • Die cushion systems
    • Rolling bolster systems
    • Pump skids
    • Bushings/bearings
    • Ancillary equipment
  • Turn-key machine repairs from inspection to operation working in tandem with in-house skilled trades
  • Complete machining, manufacturing and reverse engineering of components
  • Portable machining services: milling, line boring, bore welding, keyway cutting and lamina drilling/boring capabilities
  • We can design and implement preventative maintenance programs to fit each of your facilities specific needs as well as do inspections to help prevent costly repairs and lower your downtime percentages

Our machine repair services paired with our turn-key services allow us to complete all your industrial project needs. industrial machine repair servicesAs a full-service industrial contractor, we offer extensive capabilities to ensure you receive the solutions your project needs. Our in-house skilled tradesmen and project management teams work tirelessly to complete your project under budget and to your schedule.

Call us today for a free quote on your next industrial project at (888) 833-8776 or request a quote online