Industrial equipment can cost hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. That’s a huge capital investment, irrespective of a company’s size and revenue. In order to cut down on potentially high repair and replacement costs, the equipment must be well looked after. For this, it’s necessary that you implement a preventive maintenance program that involves periodic inspections, testing, and preplanned mechanical, electrical and paint maintenance activities.
Many business professionals tend to consider the maintenance of mechanical and electrical systems more important than coating maintenance. However, industrial equipment should be painted regularly for at least the three reasons discussed below.
- Paint is the first line of defense against environmental factors.
Protective coatings can make industrial equipment look nice, but there’s more than meets the eye. Innovative coating solutions along with paint maintenance programs allow businesses to protect their valuable assets, maximize uptime and boost performance. In Florida, industrial equipment and plant assets are often subject to elevated moisture levels, rainwater, direct sunlight, excessive heat and salty air in addition to heavy use. All these factors can damage different equipment pieces, with a negative impact on the overall profitability of a company. By implementing a relevant coating maintenance plan, you can keep your industrial equipment pieces sealed. This will improve their resistance to abrasion, impacts, erosion and corrosion.
- Paint maintenance can reduce life-cycle expenses.
Corrosion is a major, ubiquitous problem in many industry sectors, with a total cost estimated at $276 billion per year only in the US. Contrary to popular belief, iron and steel structures aren’t the only ones affected by corrosion. Resulting from the reaction of different materials with the environment, corrosion affects a wide range of metals as well as other materials, including rubber, plastics, composites, brick and concrete. Over time, corrosion may lead to considerable weakening of industrial equipment pieces, which become more prone to breakdowns and less safe for operators. The best way to go about controlling corrosion and extending the life of your industrial equipment is to reapply a new coat of paint every few years. Moreover, having a paint maintenance program in place will allow you to protect your industrial equipment at a fraction of the cost it would take to repair or replace various machines. Just to give you an idea, painting a forklift can cost several hundred dollars, depending on the coating system required; buying a new forklift may cost you anywhere from several thousand to well over one hundred thousand dollars.
- Paint maintenance can boost productivity.
Productivity is one of the constant challenges in the industrial world. However, delivering high-quality products while maintaining high profit margins is a goal that can only be achieved by optimizing productivity. Though it may seem unrelated, adopting a paint maintenance program is one of the few things you can do to boost productivity. In addition to providing a simplified approach to painting industrial equipment, the right program will allow you to facilitate equipment cleaning and maintenance, keep your machines in good condition, and above all, prevent unexpected breakdowns. All these will increase operational performance and overall productivity.
When paint maintenance is performed on an “as-needed” basis, equipment pieces are at risk of deterioration to the point when unsightly surfaces, coating failure and significant damage may occur. In contrast, using high quality coating systems in conjunction with relevant paint maintenance programs, our paint contractors can help you improve the performance and extend the service life of your industrial equipment even in the most corrosive environments.
Whether you need paint maintenance solutions for your industrial property or equipment in Tampa, Jacksonville or other locations across north-east-central Florida, feel free to contact Performance Painting Contractors today at (813)-308-0388 or (904)-641-4800. We’ll be glad to serve you!