If you’re running an industrial operation of any kind, in any industry, improvisation and ingenuity are going to be core values you need in a maintenance crew. That’s because you count on your team to do more than just fix stuff and keep it running efficiently, you also have to depend on their mechanical acuity to invent new solutions to problems and new mechanics to support processes when the right tool for the job isn’t available on the market. Regardless of whether you are fabricating parts or running something as simple as a custom glue delivery system to support hand assembly, it’s the maintenance team that generally figures out how to get things working on the floor, and you need to make sure they have all the parts they need to do just that.
While most companies have no problem keeping their crews stocked with basics like full wrench sets, tape and adhesive, and welding materials, they tend to overlook the electronic side of setting up a custom process until they need the parts. Instead of waiting to order a wire harness or power supply for your next custom build, consider how many issues could be streamlined by finding a couple common sizes and capacities to keep in stock at all times. Not only does it give your team resources when they’re building without the wait that a parts order entails, they’ll have resources like extra power supplies when something needs to be fixed. That means less downtime and no more robbing components out of systems that are offline to keep other systems running while you wait on an order or do other important work.
Finding the Right Supplier
When you’re looking for custom electronics and other system components for your own builds, you need to work with people who can help you make sure you have all your bases covered. That means finding a team who can hear you out, help you review your different power supply needs, and then recommend all the support components your team will also need to keep everything running with the best possible uptime.