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Why Maintenance Plans Are Always Worth The Money

Are maintenance plans worth it? Is maintenance necessary for your warehouse equipment?

It feels tempting at times to cut costs by skipping or cutting down on maintenance. But what are the ramifications of shunning maintenance or doing it less often?

Here is what you need to know.

1. Minimizing Disruptions

You are short on time, resources and personnel. Yet there is a lot that needs to be done. The show must go on. Your customers are waiting and they expect nothing short of exemplary service.

In such cases, the last thing that you need is an equipment breakdown. Every scanner or every mobile device that malfunctions has a wide ranging downstream effect. Processes that depend on malfunctioning equipment suddenly grind to a halt. This is hardly conducive for meeting tight deadlines.

Mobile device maintenance can keep such disruptions to a minimum. Hence, equipment maintenance should be at the core of your strategy for resilient and consistent work flow.

2. Extending Equipment Life and ROI

Maintenance is absolutely imperative for extending equipment life. You have spent top dollar on your warehouse equipment and understandably you want it to last to maximize returns on your investment.

A good maintenance plan can help you to get the most out of your equipment. Your investment on equipment will yield more benefits over a long time frame.

Since you need to buy new equipment less frequently, your overall investment and costs will decrease. Thus, you save more with maintenance.

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3. Maintaining Workforce Morale

Its not just customers who could be adversely affected by frequent equipment breakdowns. Workers could become demoralized. No one is thrilled to work with a gadget that fails you at the worst possible time.

When equipment fails and work stops, workers are often unable to complete their tasks on time. This will inevitably entail greater frustration. Workers wont be pleased that management is not serious about providing good equipment and maintaining it. They may start looking elsewhere for work.

Maintenance plans maintain more than just equipment. They are vital for maintaining workforce morale.

And not just any maintenance plan will do. You need the best. Why?

Equipment breakdown is a fact of life. You can minimize it. But you cant bring it down to zero. However, you can resolve equipment breakdowns quickly to alleviate their ill-effects. This is a key objective of good maintenance plans. Not only do they mitigate the risk of breakdowns, they also minimize the duration of breakdowns when they do happen. This is extremely important for keeping your warehouses and logistics sites in good running order.

Bottom Line

Equipment maintenance, especially for your thermal printers and barcode scanners, can provide tangible benefits like longer mobile device life, less frequent purchases of new equipment and reduced investment on new warehouse equipment. It also provides plenty other key benefits like fewer disruptions, expedited workflow, prompt order fulfillment and thus happier customers, satisfied workers and so on.

Hence, equipment maintenance is not an option. Hence, selecting the best maintenance plans is paramount for streamlined logistics operations.

MIDCOM has been helping companies improve efficiency with printer and barcode scanner repair since 1982. Talk to a Specialist today by calling (800) 643-2664.

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