Are you following the equipment manufacturer's maintenance plan?
If not, this article is for you!
You probably think it is not necessary to implement all the equipment manufacturer's recommendations.
It takes too much time and effort, so you create your own plan that includes only a fraction of the recommended plan.
Even though you can do that, creating your own maintenance plan in MedTech may be a bad idea.
When buying new machinery, you get a recommended maintenance plan from the manufacturer.
However, a lot of MedTech companies are not following this plan.
Instead, they are creating their own, including only half of the recommended measures for maintenance.
Most companies are doing that for two reasons: saving time and costs.
However, it might be deceptive to think it saves you time and costs by not following the manufacturer's maintenance plan.
Here are 5 reasons why you should better stick to the manufacturer's recommendation:
1. Manufacturers know their machinery better than you.
Equipment manufacturers possess specialized knowledge about their machinery. They understand the intricacies of equipment design, performance requirements, and maintenance needs. Relying on their expertise by following their recommended maintenance plans ensures you benefit from their years of experience.
2. Equipment Maintenance Plans are designed to maximize efficiency.
Manufacturer-recommended maintenance plans are carefully designed to optimize equipment performance. They incorporate critical factors such as calibration intervals, inspection procedures, and lubrication requirements. Adhering to these plans can maximize equipment efficiency and extend its lifespan.
3. You'll benefit from warranty protection.
Deviating from the manufacturer's maintenance plan could void warranty coverage. Following their guidelines, you safeguard your equipment investment and protect yourself from unexpected repair costs. It's a wise decision that provides financial security and peace of mind.
4. You comply with regulations.
Compliance with FDA regulations, ISO standards, and other regulatory requirements is paramount in the medical device industry. According to GHTF's definition of Installation Qualification (IQ) "…that all key aspects of the process equipment…adhere to the manufacturer's approved specification and that the recommendations of the supplier of the equipment are suitably considered…" one is better off following the manufacturer-recommended maintenance plans.
5. Manufacturer-recommended Equipment Maintenance Plans provide helpful documentation and support.
Manufacturer-recommended maintenance plans often provide documentation, including step-by-step instructions, checklists, and calibration records. These documents can be useful for audits, inspections, and regulatory compliance. Manufacturers also offer valuable support, troubleshooting guidance, and access to necessary spare parts.
Conclusion: Equipment Maintenance Plans in MedTech
Establishing maintenance procedures is critical to ensuring equipment reliability and product quality.
Instead of reinventing the wheel, leverage the expertise of equipment manufacturers and follow their recommended maintenance plans.
Doing so will optimize equipment performance, maintain regulatory compliance, and streamline maintenance processes.
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