Outsourcing vs. Training for Your Maintenance Service Needs

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In contracting services to an outside company, you constantly maintain maintenance staff levels low, saving your company money that can be used for other projects.

Having a good maintenance program in place is vital in keeping your plant functioning smoothly. This, though, does not mean having a “super” in-house maintenance staff that does everything perfectly, nor does it mean letting another company completely be the maintenance staff. In some cases, outsourcing your maintenance needs is more beneficial than having your in-house staff do the job, and vice-versa.

When a company is struggling financially, like many have been in recent years, one of the first things that gets cut or put off is maintenance, which leads to the maintenance staff being reduced. In contracting services to an outside company, you constantly maintain maintenance staff levels low, saving your company money that can be used for other projects. While the in-house maintenance staff focuses on reoccurring tasks, a service company can come in for the few times the plant requires more complicated and specific skills and tools. One can argue that if you want a job to be performed correctly, then you must go to those that expertise in that field. This frees the burden of having to purchase specialty equipment, like laser alignment and vibration analysis equipment, for a task that happens very infrequently. In some industries that have technology evolving at a fast rate, it is not worth the time and money spent on training staff new maintenance techniques. Aside from performing the maintenance task itself, many service companies provide their own service equipment, software, and follow up the service with a full detailed report for the company they did the service for.

…One can argue that if you want a job to be performed correctly, then you must go to those that expertise in that field.

Companies turn to outsourcing their maintenance needs when their in-house maintenance program is failing, but this does not have to be the case either. With the proper training, instead of having to find the experts in the service required, your own team can become the experts. Many companies tend to feel more comfortable having the employees they know and trust to perform maintenance needs, especially when it comes to complicated, specialty tasks. Also, should an emergency arrive, some companies prefer having a trained staff on hand to handle the situation should a service provider not arrive quickly enough. The in-house maintenance staff would also be more familiar and sensitive to your company’s priorities and preferences.

A successful maintenance program finds their perfect balance between outsourcing vs. training maintenance staff. Through the partnership with a service company, training, equipment, and the service itself can be provided as needed easing the maintenance process.

At ACQUIP, aside from laser alignment services, we offer comprehensive laser alignment training programs that are customized to your company’s needs. With knowledgeable and experienced instructors and hands-on training for your staff, you can feel confident that your maintenance staff will be receiving the best training. ACQUIP, also offers laser alignment equipment rentals for when you want your in-house staff to perform the service.

For more information on ACQUIP, alignment services, training, and equipment rental, please contact us at +1855 ACQUIP1 or email us at info@acquip.com

By Natali Iglesias Mendoza

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