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The Simm solution to shutdowns


It’s half way through the afternoon, you have an urgent order to complete and one of your machines shuts down, bringing production to a halt.

It’s every factory manager’s worst nightmare, but here at Simm Engineering, getting things up and running again is all part of a day’s work.

For every shutdown, there is a solution. Read on to find out how we can help – and how to prevent shutdowns from happening in the first place.

What causes shutdowns?

In many cases, shutdowns are caused by machinery failure. This can be caused by a loose connection or electrical fault, a defective or worn-out part, or something as simple as a lack of oil to keep parts moving.

In the worst-case scenario, shutdowns are the result of a major incident, such as a fire, explosion or flooding.

Whether your air compressor needs coolant, your vacuum pump is leaking oil or your pneumatic actuator is not working correctly, one of our experienced engineers will be able to track down the fault and take remedial action.

What not to do

While some shutdowns may be caused by a simple issue that your in-house technicians can resolve, you should never risk the health and safety of employees by asking them to work on machinery repairs if they don’t have the required training or experience.

It should go without saying that staff should also be given training for how to respond to any major incidents, such as a fire breaking out on site.

When to fix…

Our qualified engineers are on call 24/7, every day of the year, even if you are not already a Simm customer.

They will be able to tell you the cause of the breakdown, whether a repair can be carried out on site and an estimate of how long it will take, so you can plan your production schedule.

And when to hire a replacement…

Some faults require your air compressor or other machinery to be taken away for parts or repairs. While this is being carried out, we can offer a competitive price to hire a replacement machine for the duration of the repair.

Our hire machines are usually the latest models, such as the Atlas Copco Variable Speed Drive (VSD and VSD+) air compressors and vacuum pumps. You may well find that they are more energy efficient, quieter to run and less likely to break down than your existing model.

You may even decide you don’t want to part with them when your old compressor is fixed – you’d be surprised how often this happens! – in which case we can arrange for the purchase of the newer model and your old compressor can be kept as emergency backup.

Prevention is better than cure

The best way to avoid shutdowns altogether is to have a schedule of planned maintenance in place, in tandem with a service contract.

While some maintenance can be carried out by your in-house staff, it’s highly recommended that you also set up regular inspections of your machinery by our service engineers.

They will be able to spot potential issues before they get to the stage where they will cause problems, and advise on any immediate action required. They will also be able to recommend new energy-saving models with short payback times, when the time comes to replace your old machinery.

If you would like more information on servicing and maintenance, machinery hire and the latest new air compressors on the market, contact or call 0114 244 0764.