Waste and recycling environments pose unique challenges for keeping truck scales functional and profitable. Since most recycling and solid waste facilities are heavily trafficked, keeping a truck scale up and running can be somewhat difficult. Additionally, properly maintained truck scales provide a hedge against losing thousands of dollars because of inaccurate weights.
Recycling operations need to consider four factors to maintain scales and weighing systems: the scale foundation; hardware, load cells and wiring; inspection and calibration; and scale usage and movement. It’s also wise to develop a course of action for potential issues that could affect truck scales and weighing systems. Full Article
McKinsey and Company
Guillaume Decaix, Matthew Gentzel, Andy Luse, Patrick Neise, Joel Thibert
Asset-intensive industries—such as chemicals, oil and gas, mining, metals, pulp and paper, and power production—have been turning to new technologies in their effort to increase the reliability and availability of their equipment, while keeping maintenance costs under control. Using digital tools and advanced-analytics capabilities alongside traditional lean techniques, they aim to predict and prevent equipment failures, increase labor productivity, and streamline the management of external contractors.
When companies get all of the requirements right, the results can be impressive. Leading players in a variety of heavy industries have used digital tools in dramatically reducing unplanned outages while boosting maintenance-labor productivity. Higher availability and a more-efficient workforce have increased profitability by 4 to 10 percent in some organizations.
But these lighthouse examples are the exception rather than rule. Many companies that have implemented digital maintenance and reliability solutions have seen little measurable impact. What makes the difference? Full Article
Automation, robotics, and similar digital trends have spread throughout manufacturing for years and remain hot industry trends today. By adopting innovations on the plant floor, manufacturers have improved many aspects of their operations, including line efficiency, product quality, and worker safety, just to name a few.
Just as the production floor has embraced the use of automation and robotics, the maintenance department is beginning to see similar value by putting their own spin on the topics. As experts are predicting more tech in post-pandemic plants, this trend will only grow. Full Article