The importance of maintaining your lifting and rigging assets

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Regular maintenance on your lifting equipment can prevent a range of things from equipment failure resulting in downtime and extra costs for unexpected repairs. The most important types of maintenance include predictive, preventative and planned.

Predictive Maintenance

Predictive maintenance is when you are monitoring the performance and condition of equipment during normal operation, this is done to reduce the likelihood of a failure. It can also improve quality, productivity and profitability by discovering any potential issues before they occur and resolving them. Predictive maintenance can result in lower maintenance costs as it can eliminate the needs to stop production whilst the equipment is being repaired. It can also extend the life of the equipment by preventing damage occurring as well as reduce downtime, improve production and improve operator safety by addressing problems before they result in failure.

Preventive Maintenance

Preventative maintenance is when equipment is checked for potential defects that may evolve into equipment failures. The maintenance is performed while the equipment is still working lessening the likelihood that is will break unexpectedly and is an important part of facilities management. A successful preventative maintenance program will establish consistent practices to improve performance, safety and productivity. Regular preventative maintenance will decrease downtime and reduce the likelihood of major repairs and can include scheduled inspections, tests, servicing, replacements and repairs. By lubricating, cleaning and making small adjustments to any minor defects you can prolong the life of your lifting the equipment and prevent equipment failure.

Planned Maintenance

Planned maintenance includes both predictive and preventative maintenance but requires equipment downtime to allow inspectors to access all components of the equipment rather than only those visible. These activities are planned, documented and scheduled and although they require downtime, our technician do come prepared with resources on hand. Potential defects that are found during planned maintenance can be repaired, parts can be reconditioned or replaced and new parts can be installed. Planned maintenance allows a full clean of all internal parts to occur and can result in lower maintenance costs by catching small service issues before they become giant repair jobs. Maintenance by a qualified professional can enhance facility safety, improve equipment life and increase productivity.

Benefits of Effective Maintenance

There are three main benefits to regular maintenance by a qualified person, these include:

1. Safety – you can catch repair work early, eliminating a failure or safety hazard.

2. Time – prevent equipment from failure means it keeps running, having to decommission equipment because of a failure costs not only time but money.

3. Money – you can budget your maintenance costs in advance as well as save on large expensive repairs that can occur in the future. Your equipment will stay operational longer, which means you wont have to outlay money on replacement equipment.

Onsite Maintenance

Nobles offers Onsite Service which further reduces downtime and disruption to your operations. Our qualified technicians can be onsite at short notice; with vehicles stocked with a range of products to complete repairs onsite, eliminating unnecessary delays. Our vehicles are fully equipped to test a broad range of lifting, rigging and height safety equipment which keeps your equipment onsite minimising disruption and eliminates transport costs. Nobles standard rates apply which means you can track and budget your compliance costs, we also provide same day certification with electronic certificates provided within one business day.

With Nobles Onsite Service, you get the same quality service you know and trust at your convenient location, provided by our highly qualified technicians who only use quality products.

Maintenance Records

Trying to manage a large inventory of lifting equipment can be challenging, especially when it comes time to service and ensure compliance. Poorly managed records not only increase your risk of incident or workplace injury, you could also fail to meet the requirements within Australian Standards and workplace health and safety regulations.

Managing your assets across multiple sites and locations within your organisation is easy with our recently relaunched Tech-Inspect asset management system. Our new Tech-Inspect customer portal can help you manage, track and locate your equipment whilst also providing quick access to status, inspection and servicing reports, certificates and information.

We currently manage over 1,500 active clients and track over 400,000 pieces of lifting and rigging equipment across 3,600 sites. Everything from chain slings, chain blocks and lever hoists, to spreader bars, lifting beams, lashing points and height safety fixtures.

If you want to increase productivity, ensure your equipment is always compliant and be able to access all your equipment records and reports anywhere, anytime – Nobles Tech-Inspect is the digital solution for you.

To speak to one of our highly trained professional about your lifting equipment maintenance, please contact our technical services team on 1300 711 559 or