As part of this study a survey of refrigeration maintenance strategies in the food industry has been performed.
A number of refrigeration maintenance issues have been identified:
- Maintenance is predominantly reactive
- Little or no planned maintenance activities
- Costs of maintenance (planned or unplanned) are not recorded
- Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) data are not recorded
- 25% of maintenance is outsourced
- Many operators lack basic skills in maintenance activities
- There is no clear route to maintenance development activity in most companies
- Energy consumption is not recorded
- Space utilisation is poor which leads to increased running costs (including maintenance costs)
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