The Importance of Preventative Maintenance in the Food Industry


Preventative maintenance should be an integral part of every food processor’s daily operations.  An efficient food processing facility requires: Specialist machinery, quality control, skilled labour, to name but a few, but arguably the single biggest variable when it comes to production efficiency, cost saving and safety is equipment maintenance.

When equipment within the food industry breaks down or develops faults, the consequences can be costly but more importantly could be fatal. It is the responsibility of the maintenance team to ensure that machines are 100% safe and production is running efficiently.

Low standards of equipment management can result in foreign materials entering the food chain. Materials such as bone, glass, metal, wood, nuts, bolts, cloth, and plastic frequently contaminate product on a production line.  The use of quality control systems such as metal detectors and x-ray systems has significantly decreased this risk – but if the machines are not maintained then problems can quickly occur.  The damage to a company’s reputation is incalculable. It can take a long time for consumer and business confidence to recover.

Don’t Risk Unexpected Downtime


Preventative Maintenance is a programme that can help to: keep consumers safe, reduce downtime, prevent or minimize equipment damage, extend the life of your systems and can be used to evaluate equipment performance for forward planning and systems upgrades. If undertaken correctly, preventative maintenance can be a true cost-saver within the food industry.

Preventative maintenance involves the systematic inspection of equipment where potential problems are detected and corrected in order to prevent equipment failure before it happens. In practice, a preventative maintenance schedule may include things such as cleaning, adjustments, repairs, inspecting and replacing parts, and partial or complete overhauls that are regularly scheduled. But preventative maintenance includes much more than simply performing routine maintenance on equipment. It also involves maintaining accurate records of every inspection and servicing, as well as knowing the lifespan of each part to understand the replacement frequency. These records can help maintenance technicians anticipate the appropriate time to change parts and can also help diagnose problems when they occur.


Preventative maintenance offers food producers a number of important benefits including:

  • Prolonged life span of machinery
  • Improved consumer safety
  • Less unplanned downtime caused by equipment failure
  • Fewer errors in day-to-day operations
  • Improved reliability of equipment
  • Fewer expensive callout costs caused by unexpected equipment failure that must be fixed quickly.
  • Reduced risk of employee injury


The Service team at SF Engineering are here to support all your maintenance requirements to ensure your processing facility continues to operate at optimum performance and your reputation is not tarnished by product recalls. At SF we offer the following services:


  • Preventative maintenance assessments
  • Staff equipment training, one-to-one or group training
  • Preventative maintenance scheduling & planning
  • Machinery inspections & servicing

Call us now to discuss your maintenance needs on:

IRE : +353 (0) 71 9163334

UK: +44 (0) 1487 740131


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