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Common Causes of Machine Failure

Machines are essential components of the modern world, but they can be prone to failure. To ensure that machines continue to work properly and efficiently, it’s important to understand why they fail to prevent future issues. Some common causes of machine failure include physical wear and tear, poor maintenance, over-maintenance, operator error, and a lack of reliability culture. We’re going to take a closer look at each of these in this article.

Physical Wear and Tear

Physical wear and tear is one of the most common causes of machine failure. Over time, machines can suffer from deterioration due to age and use, leading to issues such as corrosion, misalignment, fatigue, shrinkage, or leakage. This type of degradation can be more accelerated in harsh environments that include high temperatures, dust, and chemicals. In addition, certain parts like the different styles of pump seals may be particularly susceptible to physical wear and tear.  It’s worth researching the best options for these, especially if you work with chemicals.

Poor Maintenance

Another common cause of machine failure is inadequate maintenance or a lack thereof. If machines aren’t serviced on time according to the manufacturer’s instructions, it can lead to a build-up of debris or leaks that can cause the machine to malfunction. In addition, not replacing worn-down parts or failing to adhere to regular maintenance schedules can also lead to machine failure. It is essential to regularly check machines to ensure they are functioning properly and efficiently. A regular check-up of machines can help prevent defects and provide information on the health of the machine. This enables operators to take corrective action before the problem gets worse, preventing additional damage and reducing the risk of catastrophic failure.

Over Maintenance

In some cases, too much maintenance can be as bad as too little. Over-servicing machines can lead to parts becoming overloaded, which can further damage the machine. Over-maintained machines could have out-of-date components that are incompatible with current systems and equipment. In addition, when a machine is over-maintained, it can lead to excess parts being purchased that are unnecessary.

Operator Error

Operator error is another common cause of machine failure. Machines are designed to be used in accordance with their specifications, so when they’re used incorrectly or abused it can lead to breakdowns or accidents. This is especially true for machines that require specialized training, such as heavy machinery. It’s important for operators to understand the proper operation, safety precautions and maintenance of the machine to avoid any potential issues.

A Lack of Reliability Culture

Finally, a lack of reliability culture can be one of the biggest factors causing machines to fail in any organization. A strong reliability culture focuses on preventive maintenance and proactive problem solving, ensuring that all personnel involved with the operation and maintenance of machinery are properly trained to recognize potential issues before they become an issue. In addition, having regular safety inspections and educating all personnel on machine safety can help to reduce the risk of machine failure due to human error.

By understanding these common causes of machine failure, organizations can take steps to ensure that their machines are properly maintained, operated correctly, and protected from wear and tear.

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