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Bakery Plant and Equipment maintenance -Important role in Operations

Bakery owners with bigger plants and factory are interested in getting their plant downtime to minimum . The plant managers are asked to implement various maintenance methods for low down time . Equipments which are important from maintenance point of view are
  • Laminators
  • Dividers
  • Mixers
  • Oven
  • Packing Machines
With other Utilities like
  • Air compressors
  • ETP
  • Diesel Generators
  • Cold Storage
  • Chillers
  • Boilers

Function of plant engineer s is to ensure optimum efficiency and low down time of these machines for which he has team of technician s. Normally a shift operations have a Maintenance team of Electrical and Mechanical fitters with helpers . Apart from shift maintenance .Few technicians are kept in general shift for repair and modification jobs .

Preventive and predictive maintenance plans are scheduled for scheduled shut downs or during break downs . Both options are practised in bakeries . Once the plan is made the Engineers performs the maintenance part with his Checklist on the Equipments mentioned above . Basic maintenance routine for bakeries are

Inspection : Normally machines are inspected during running hours but if required detailed inspections can be scheduled during Plant shut downs. Equipments like Ovens , Laminators or Packing machines can be scheduled for such inspection .

COT - C --- Cleaning the surface of equipments O- oiling ie Applying Lubrication's or replacing worn out oil where-ever required . T - Tightening of fasteners

Repair : Any repair to be performed on the body or part of the equipments which may require welding , cutting or replacement of bearings , seals, gaskets , Shaft , Valves , stiching of conveyors. Allingment of shafts

Replacement : Putting up new accessories in place of worn out parts it could be electrical switch gear , motors , pumps , sensors , Conveyors , gear boxes , cutters , cups, dies , Wire band,V or timing belts

Spares and Workshop Inventory : Keeping safety stock of critical spares .eg Rollers , conveyors , burners , electrical and mechanical hardware , Gear boxes , Chains , Vbelts ,Timing belts.

Break Down Maintenance : Repair and trouble shooting during plant operations with on the spot repair .


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  2. thank you for your comment.Coming post would cover conveyor systems in bakeries


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