Low maintenance resources could be costing you money

machinery maintenance equipment exampleWhatever industry you’re if you are running machinery it’s essential that it’s maintained and serviced regularly. If this doesn’t happen you leave yourself open to mechanical failures, delayed deadlines and ultimately loss of income or lost customers.

Despite manufacturers knowing this a report at the end of last year from Bosch Rexroth in conjunction with the Institute of Engineering and Technology revealed that the maintenance budgets of more than 50% of the responding manufacturers had stagnated or even reduced over the last 5 years.

This is a worrying statistic when you consider that many manufacturers have not only increased the amount of machinery and equipment they use, but that machinery has also increased in complexity. Continue reading

Decommissioning and engineering the changes at sea

decommissioning an oil rigA report by Oil & Gas consultant Mark MacArthur of EC Harris Built Asset Consultancy detailed the difficulties of decommissioning in the North Sea. In it he talks about the risks and the cost burdens on operators. The strains of balancing the intricate engineering

He also predicted that of the 600 plus offshore platforms in the North Sea, approximately 50 of these would cease production by 2016, with a further 250 also scheduled to be decommissioned in the coming years.

However, an article in The Engineer yesterday moves things on a step announcing that almost a thousand North Sea oil wells will be decommissioned over the next decade. This is going to be one of the biggest technical challenges in recent years involving large scale engineering.

There have already been several decommissioning projects in the North Sea and industry body Oil & Gas UK is pointing out the dangers of decommissioning too early based on falling oil prices. However, the questions about what happens when the hydrocarbons run out are already being asked and it’s clear we’re closer to the end than the beginning. But how do we manage the end of this era? Continue reading

The Importance of Machinery Maintenance

machinery maintenance equipment exampleFor many companies, machinery maintenance is seen as boring and dirty but machinery maintenance is something that should not be taken lightly. Your ability to run an effective lean manufacturing business is reliant upon the effective and efficient running of your machinery.

While the cost of a regular maintenance plan may initially feel like as though it’s costly, it will be nowhere near as costly as a major equipment breakdown resulting in an inability to continue with production or service. Continue reading

Making your business more efficient

worker at machineIs business good, are the orders flooding in? Is the accountant happy with your turnover? If so, now’s the time to find ways of making your business more efficient.

Don’t sit back and rest on your laurels. Preparing for the worst is smart business, and boosting business efficiency is a proven, timeless defence.

Here at PRV Engineering we have spent the past two years investing heavily in plant, staff and facilities.

However, as we understand from experience, investment is not just about machinery and a new-look shop floor. You don’t automatically become more efficient.

Yes, it can certainly help to capture efficiencies. However, the gains could prove transient if you don’t look at your business, from top to bottom, and prepare accordingly for the future.

Here we look at FIVE ways to fine-tune your business, moving forward Continue reading

CNC machining and the importance of avoiding overheating

image of cnc machining

Overheating is an issue within industry, not just for those workers struggling to cope with the increasing temperatures that even a British summer can bring, but for the industry’s machinery too.

Whilst the rising heat and humidity levels create physical discomfort, they represent real danger for the electronic components of machine tools, computers and other shop equipment. Overheating and humidity can cause switch contacts to become oxidized and begin arcing. It can also cause decreased insulation resistance, leading to shorts, loss of conductivity and changes in resistance. Continue reading

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