Reliability for the Win!

Michelle Segrest, Editor with Maintenance Technology, proves that reliability and maintenance programs are key for successful manufacturing companies. In her recent article, Profiles Reveal Reliability Trends, Michelle combines her 2016 travels to various companies throughout United States, and Styrotek was one of them!

Styrotek, a Delano, CA, manufacturer of expanded-polystyrene (EPS) table-grape shipping containers, incorporated a strict preventive philosophy to drive its maintenance program.

“Our idea of maintenance is not allowing our machines to break in the first place,” Styrotek production supervisor Adan Velazquez said. “We monitor the hydraulic, steam, air, and water pressures daily. We have recently begun making these checks every shift. We monitor them continuously and, when we notice there is an issue with one of them, we immediately shut it down and repair it.”

Shutdowns have become rare rather than a normal occurrence. “In the past, we were running each machine about 21 to 22 hours a day, and we would have to shut down constantly,” Velazquez said. “Today, we are able to run machines for 23 1/2 hours, and we only have to shut down a machine to change the filters.”

Since first speaking with Michelle in 2016, Styrotek has developed and implemented a state-of-the-art Preventative Maintenance program to not only prevent unscheduled shutdowns, but to help preserve machinery and equipment.