shrink machine


Do you have a CHECKLIST!


Maintenance is a word we hear constantly for everything.  Let's face it many of us ignore it, forget about it, or just figure as it pertains to this topic of packaging machinery and equipment that we will fix it when it breaks as I don't have any time today. It is important to develop a routine maintenance schedule for your packaging machinery and equipment. It is imperative to have a routine schedule for checking critical components as it will increase the longevity of the particular machine and more importantly, it will help reduce future problems.


Just like your car you have to do regular maintenance, otherwise you won’t be headed anywhere. The last thing any of us need is to be sitting with down machines and production people paging the maintenance department over the loud speak " Shrink Machine # 1 is down, Shrink Machine # 1 is DOWN!!!!! " Hello Maintenance Department IS ANYONE THERE?  I know your half laughing at this moment..... we've all been there at one time or another.  Usually we are hiding under the desk hoping that screaking voice goes away as the product is piling up at the machine and everyone is frantic. Talk about an unexpected cost set back.   Usually this is a major breakdown and as "Murphy's Law would have it this is a part that is backorder and not in your parts inventory.


As painful as setting up your maintenance checklist will be and setting a schedule, it will be much less painful than the above scenario happening 2-3 times in one week. Managing scheduled down time is a picnic vs the other option.  You will look like a hero and you won't have to hide under your desk when production is paging the maintenance department over the loud speaker.


Set up a schedule based on a monthly or quarterly time period, depending on the things to be done. The following are some of the items you may want to consider in your maintenance schedule.




 Things To Include in Your Maintenance Checklist

  • Check and record voltages at various circuits (depending on machine)

  • Tighten all connections (unplugged)

  • Check backup batteries, and/or replace on a routine schedule (if any)

  • Check indicators and perform tests

  • Visually inspect for loose or frayed wiring anywhere

  • Check to make sure plug-in connectors are tight and secured

  • Test all alarm systems, horns, sirens, etc.

  • Check and record any configuration settings

  • Perform and record calibrations

  • Check all I/O points on a yearly basis

  • Check and record power usage

  • Check equipment run times for determining maintenance or replacement

  • Measure device current to set a benchmark and compare for changes

  • Review any diagnostic history, including events and alarms

  • Check diagnostics that may be programmed into the interface



Because each machine is unique, you will want to develop your own machine maintenance checklist, but without running routine maintenance for each of your machines you can expect trouble eventually.