It is this sort of question that probably answers why I see so many presses
in such a run down and poorly functional condition. If you are running your
equipment continuously, as most companies do, the gradual build-up of ink, paper
dust, grease and other contaminates will eventually overwhelm most key
components on your press such as gears, bearings, drive shafts, belts, and pulleys. The problem is this can take a while and causes the operator to have to
make daily adjusts to the operation of your machine. This will lead to slower speeds,
more make ready, reduced print quality and higher waste, all of which will affect
your bottom line.
It is vital to make time each day and every week for proper
maintenance and cleaning of your equipment and its key components. It is the
responsibility of management to understand that good housekeeping practice is
essential to maintaining a consistly profitable business and is not something
that can be overlooked or ignored. Sooner or later it will, as they say, “stop
the press” and instead of a few minutes or hours to make a repair it could take
several hours or even days if the fatigue and wear is serious enough. So, how
much does it affect your bottom line? In every way and then some!