For the milk plant or any dairy business, it is mandatory to keep the equipment clean and running smoothly. With the modern approach, you are likely to find new places and you will be able to save money on the dairy. No doubt, we all want to get the maximum benefit, but regular maintenance of the dairy equipment is considered as the utmost thing.
- Follow a maintenance schedule
You should create a master schedule for handling all the milking equipment and keep up with the maintenance needs. First of all, you need to start with the manufacturer’s recommendations on how often the maintenance is needed and keep up with the farm’s performance history.
The maintenance is required on the hours of run time. The dairy business which runs 24*7 needs more maintenance as compared to the one which runs for 12 hours. It would be best to maintain a log on who did the maintenance and at what time.
- Make sure to check it daily
For a preventative maintenance schedule, you need to follow daily awareness. You need to be diligent, and it will help the equipment to last for a long time. Make sure to complete the following checks before every milking procedure:
- Milking vacuum level
- Claw, and/or liner vents are open
- Air or vacuum leaks
- Cuts or tears in air tubes
- Milk temperature
- No twisted lines or milk hoses
- Listen for faulty pulsator
During washing, it is best to check all the milking units, sensors, and meters. Make sure there is no leak, and water is flowing to all the parts without any problem.
- Make sure to follow in-between maintenance
In-between scheduled maintenance will allow the milking equipment dealer to check the vacuum, evaluate takeoffs, and graph pulsators during milking. With the performance date, the equipment function can be checked such as milk flow rate, and quality counts. Additionally, keep a check on the bacteria counts, laboratory pasteurization count. By doing so, the issue with the sanitization can be checked early.
- Avoid emergency calls
Emergency calls are expensive, and they often result in a waste of money and time. It would be best if you spend time doing other things which can benefit you. It might seem tempting at first to hold back the maintenance part and keep on working without checking the performance of the machine and equipment.
With the maintenance, it helps you to save a lot of money, and the entire work is done with the highest quality products, and the performance of the dairy is also better. Your business will be able to deliver optimal service.