Service and maintenance are a critical part of any organisation. Like all valued assets, Refuge Chambers require service and maintenance to ensure the life-sustaining equipment is operational.
The cost of servicing assets is a significant portion of a site’s operational budget. However, without regular servicing and maintenance checks, the value of machinery rapidly declines.
How Refuge Chamber Service and Maintenance Adds Value
Efficient servicing and maintenance require organisations to be progressive thinkers and planners; envisioning future requirements, analysing necessary changes, and understanding the process to accomplish each task. This central function demands effective administration, which if properly managed, can add competitive advantage. Without appropriate planning and management, organisations can get stuck in a reactive process resulting in high unexpected costs. (Krellis, 1998).
Regular servicing provides additional value by:
- Reducing reactive maintenance costs, through preventative measures
- Utilising the chamber to optimal capacity and availability
- Lessening the effects of downtime
- Reducing restart costs if a breakdown occurs
- Improving stakeholder perceptions
- Maintaining the quality of componentry
- Lowering environmental impact
- Ensuring the continued safety of the workforce
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Why is Refuge Station Maintenance Important?
MineARC Refuge Chambers and Safe Havens are sturdy machines equipped with advanced life-saving technology. Routine servicing involves keeping chambers in optimal working condition and emergency readiness. For example, replacing all door seals during each service is vital to ensure no outside air is entering the shelter and contaminating the system. Wear and tear occur on the door seal with opening and closing, so routinely replacing this is of paramount importance.
Service and maintenance for refuge chambers are essential, generating value through cost control, asset utilisation and resource allocation. More importantly, servicing ensures refuge chambers are in optimal status to provide life-saving support to all staff in an emergency.