What to Look for When Maintaining Inspected Facilities
Knowing the ins and outs of a given facility is paramount when it comes to ensuring ongoing safety, optimizing production processes, minimizing costs and downtime, preventing major issues, and complying with all relevant regulations. But even if you know your facility like the back of your hand, it’s easy to miss out on key details or budding problems. Additionally, when it comes to partnering up with a facility maintenance contractor, you want to make sure they’re on the same page with your procedures and needs. At Kaloutas, we make a concerted effort to get to know each and every client and their facilities in order to enhance their operations and resolve the problems they can’t on their own.
Here are some questions we ask and things we look for when maintaining inspected facilities.
How to Maintain Inspected Facilities
How Is the Facility Being Used?
This broad question is emblematic of our approach to maintaining inspected facilities — asking questions allows us to better understand what makes a facility tick and where its various paint points might be. In this way, no detail gets left out of the equation. We take into consideration matters such as the types of wheels used in a facility (certain wheels are best used on certain types of flooring), the internal climate of a facility (i.e. heated facility, cooled environment, room temperature), whether there are chemicals present in the facility and how they might interact with surfaces, and so on.
Paying close attention to these facility idiosyncrasies has allowed us to solve unique problems for various clients. For instance, a particular laboratory under our purview was struggling to keep their metal-framed windows free from condensation (and ice during the colder months) due to the difference in humidity levels between the interior space and outside environment. Kaloutas technicians found a way for this client to apply a product that created a thermal break on those windows so they could maintain their cleanroom environment without obstructing or damaging their windows.
What Are the Current Cleaning and Maintenance Methods?
When we come into a new facility, our goal is to understand how it currently operates and work within those parameters, not to immediately dictate what needs to happen or change. This is why we pay close attention to the established cleaning and maintenance regimen of a given facility. Once we understand what needs to happen and why, we can accomplish three key things: 1) ensure that we don’t interfere with those vital operations, 2) point out anything lacking in said cleaning and maintenance processes, and 3) if possible, optimize said cleaning and maintenance protocols. In this way, we are constantly adapting to customer needs while ensuring their facilities comply with all necessary requirements. We make sure, for instance, that all food and pharmaceutical facilities we oversee can easily pass FDA inspections.
What Is the Facility’s Process, Cycle, and/or Schedule?
Solving unique problems and ensuring ongoing compliance aren’t the only things to consider when maintaining inspected facilities — protecting a facility’s bottom line is also on the docket. The first step in ensuring and improving a facility’s output is understanding its process, cycle, and/or scheduling needs. This way, we can strategically approach when and how we perform important maintenance tasks. For instance, the question of how to maintain production while doing floors comes up often. The answer: work during scheduled downtime if possible, and if not, work on floors in sections, contain work areas, etc., to allow production to continue as much as possible. Ultimately, our goal is to provide a facility with the most uptime and minimize downtime.
Keeping an Eye on Enhancing Your Facility
In a way, it’s difficult to describe precisely what we look for when maintaining inspected facilities. After all, each facility is unique, so rather than have a standardized preventative maintenance checklist, we approach each facility as an individual project, asking crucial questions that help us unlock its distinctive needs and challenges. Initially, we might ask the same broad questions of each client, but this inquiry opens the door to gain a more granular understanding which, in the end, helps us protect, maintain, and enhance each and every facility we work with.
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