Planning for the unplanned

April 18, 2018

While some air compressor downtime is inevitable, having a contingency plan in place beforehand can ensure that operations suffer little to no interruption.

Have you ever heard the saying, “Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine”? It sounds a little harsh, but scrambling in the midst of a crisis is even rougher.

In manufacturing plants, emergencies are bound to arise from time to time. And when operations require compressed air, one of the greatest potential emergencies is downtime. While some air compressor downtime is inevitable, having a contingency plan in place beforehand can ensure that operations suffer little to no interruption.

A contingency plan is all about being a step ahead. Preparing for the unexpected usually makes for a better end result. That’s because when unexpected events occur, less time will be spent running around trying to figure out what to do and more will be spent on executing the plan so production can continue.

A good way to minimize the impact of a compressed air interruption is via a contingency plan that includes implementation of temporary equipment via short-term air rental.

When an air compressor goes down, it may not be cost-effective to continue operations with reduced production capacity. In these situations, short-term air rental can allow for minimal impact to operations so there's little financial loss.

A plant that has a contingency plan for the deployment of temporary equipment can get equipment in place faster and more efficiently than the plant that has to figure out whom to call and what needs to be done on the manufacturing floor before a rental can be brought in. And when an air compressor is down, that time is precious.

A compressed-air contingency plan can give plant operators peace of mind by:

  • Reducing the risk of financial loss
  • Decreasing time needed to install temporary equipment
  • Scheduling building modifications for temporary solutions in advance
  • Identifying any weaknesses in the compressed air system
  • Providing flexibility to schedule maintenance and new equipment installation

Contingency planning doesn’t have to be complex.

All it takes is a little time with your service provider so that you can evaluate your situation and determine what steps to take in the event of unexpected downtime. That’s it. There’s no added cost to create the plan and once it’s in place, plant operators can rest easy knowing they won’t have to scramble during an emergency. That’s so much upside with so little hassle. So the question is: Do you have a compressed air contingency plan in place?

About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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