Maintaining warehouse equipment is daunting and often thrown on the back-burner.

But, just like your annual teeth cleaning, you need it to keep the goods functioning properly.

Would you rather spend time each day maintaining your equipment and save thousands in the long run, or skip the daily checks and bear the load of outsourced repairs?

Here are the three ways you’re currently sabotaging your warehouse equipment (and how to stop):

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1. Skipping Preventative Maintenance

Cleaning, tuning, documenting and reporting data on your warehouse equipment is boring, tedious, and can often seem pointless.

I mean, what could possibly go wrong in the 24hrs since your last inspection?

Well, maybe not a whole lot, BUT, that’s no excuse to skip out on daily inspections and maintenance procedures.

Think about it this way: Would you wait to replace your car tires until after they were driven down to the steel? No.

In fact, a recent preventative maintenance study done by Jones Lang LaSalle found an average return of investment of 545%.

Yes, you read that correctly. 545%.

Skipping out on daily (or even weekly) inspections of equipment is sabotaging your warehouse equipment and, ultimately, your bottom line.

Stop wasting money on repairs and replacements and invest time into perfecting your equipment maintenance.


2. Lack of Serious Training

We see it all the time. Joe Schmo hops on the forklift, puts down his lead foot and slams on the brakes before reaching his destination.

Now, if our goal was to absolutely ruin the forklifts mechanical pieces as fast as possible, Joe Schmo would be promoted fast.

But, it’s safe to assume that's not the case.

HR Magazine reports that companies investing $1,500 or more per employee per year on training average 24 percent higher profit margins than companies with lower yearly training investments.

If you aren’t training your employees to operate, diagnose, and maintain the quality of your warehouse items, you’re sabotaging the lifespan of your expensive equipment.

Faulty operating practices often lead to incidents that call for the full replacement of your equipment, or worse, employee injuries.

Anything from forklifts to racks and computers require constant upkeep and monitoring to prevent disastrous repair costs.

Train your employees in-depth to truly reap the rewards of proper use and handling.


3. Not Documenting Equipment Data

Can you go to each piece of equipment and technology in your warehouse and list off detailed information on:

  • When it was installed (date and time)?
  • How long has it been in use?
  • What is it used for? How often is it used?
  • What is the weight rating (if any)? What average load does it bare?
  • When was the last time you inspected and performed maintenance on it?
  • What problems have occured in the past and how much did they cost? When and how did they get fixed? 

The list could continue with hundreds of similar questions, but, let’s jump to the point.

Do you know how much stress your equipment is under compared to its manufacturer's standard operating guidelines and maintenance procedures?

You likely are overworking your equipment and under shooting on maintenance due to the lack of precise, useful data.

If you struggle to keep this data on your own, consider a CMMS software (computerized maintenance management system) to improve your records and power through the urge of procrastination.


Conclusion: Stop Sabotaging Warehouse Equipment

Skipping preventative maintenance, lacking formal and in-depth training, and not documenting the history of your equipment are three of the biggest mistakes in equipment upkeep.

These three incredibly crucial steps are difficult to master and implement but can provide an average ROI of 545%.

Need help with establishing a plan? Come chat with us.

Topics: warehouse equipment