Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

MAR 2018

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48 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • MARCH 2018 HEAD 1 Head 2 Deck WHAT IT DOES … AND DOESN'T DO Let's explode one myth right away: There is no such thing as preventative maintenance. Machines are full of mechanical and electronic compo- nents, all of which have limited lifespans. No amount of maintenance can prevent a machine from breaking down at some point in its lifespan. Christopher Heina, vice president of operations for Cobblestone Ovens, an Elk Grove, Ill.-based service agent, says that industry associations are behind a push to move away from the preventa- tive maintenance nomenclature. He calls the term "very misleading" and says it does neither the manufacturer nor the service agent any good to use that label. "When you [use the term] pre- ventative maintenance," he says, "it puts in the customer's mind that 'if I have this preventative maintenance, I'm eliminating downtime.' You're not. Downtime is inevitable. What we're doing is decreasing the likelihood of it happening." Regular maintenance can, however, optimize a machine's performance. Bruce Hodge, presi- dent of General Parts LLC in Waukesha, Wis., uses the term "scheduled maintenance" and likens it to car repair. "You can take your car in tomorrow to get the oil changed, but that doesn't mean you can't have a flat tire tomorrow. Scheduled maintenance is just that — maintenance that needs to be done for the best opportunity to keep equipment running." WHY MAINTAIN? The reasons for regularly scheduled maintenance go far beyond just keeping equipment operating. For example, maintenance has a direct and major Foodservice operators often view maintenance as the necessary evil of every kitchen. It's something that should be done regularly, but all too often it's neglected — until a piece of equipment breaks down, usually right in the middle of peak service time. Service professionals know the value of regularly scheduled maintenance. Do you? WHY MAINTENANCE MATTERS By Tom O'Brien Visual inspection is an important tool in helping prevent main- tenance issues. Photo courtesy of CFESA

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