How investing more in equipment increases ROI, safety

By |  February 22, 2019
Applied Industrial Technologies' Mark Kenyon addresses the crowd at an AGG1 Academy education session. Photo by Allison Barwacz

Applied Industrial Technologies’ Mark Kenyon addresses the crowd at a 2019 AGG1 Academy education session. Photo by Allison Barwacz

There’s more to safety than wearing personal protection equipment (PPE).

Of course, PPE has its place at every worksite, but safety awareness starts when an aggregate producer initially purchases a piece of equipment for a plant. Making larger investments in new and existing equipment can have a positive impact on both safety and a producer’s return on investment (ROI), says Mark Kenyon, industry manager for aggregate cement mining at Applied Industrial Technologies, during a 2019 AGG1 Academy education session.

“A lot of people think of safety as hard hats and safety vests and eyeglasses and steel toes – your standard PPE – but that only makes the risk safer,” Kenyon says. “What we’re trying to do is eliminate the opportunity for risk.”

Reducing the opportunity for risk requires producers to focus on the equipment they purchase and, from there, accessorizing, creating reliability, standardizing, and increasing safety factors and abrasion calculation.

A larger initial investment in a piece of equipment can go a long way in terms of both efficiency and safety, Kenyon says. A decision to purchase a piece of equipment should come from a long-term standpoint – saving money on a cheaper piece of equipment may not reap results in the long run.

For example, a 4-in.-diameter roller might work for a certain application, but choosing a 5-in.-diameter roller that costs about 10 percent more can give you 25 percent more life, Kenyon explains.

Kenyon also touched on how investing in smaller aspects of an operation can have a positive impact.

“We talked about different greases and oils,” Kenyon says. “If you can reduce the temperature, you can increase the life. And if you can increase the life of your greases, you’re not changing them as quickly, they’re not breaking down as quickly. So you’re going to have better grease for a longer period of time, which will just protect your equipment even longer.”

Careful plant design plays a critical role in reducing the risk of accidents or injuries, and in many cases, a larger initial plant investment increases ROI, plant life and employee safety.

Allison Kral

About the Author:

Allison Kral is the former senior digital media manager for North Coast Media (NCM). She completed her undergraduate degree at Ohio University where she received a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She works across a number of digital platforms, which include creating e-newsletters, writing articles and posting across social media sites. She also creates content for NCM's Portable Plants magazine, GPS World magazine and Geospatial Solutions. Her understanding of the ever-changing digital media world allows her to quickly grasp what a target audience desires and create content that is appealing and relevant for any client across any platform.

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