Drives & Controls April 2024

30 n MACHINE BUILDING April 2024 BS 14200:2023 – Maintenance of machinery. What’s is it? Typically, as equipment ages, the rate of deterioration and the frequency of component failure starts to increase. In response to this, the new BS 14200:2023 – Maintenance of machinery* standard sets out a pragmatic approach to machinery maintenance by putting processes in place that monitor and identify decay and adjust inspection and maintenance frequency as appropriate. Who is BS 14200:2023 for? The standard is aimed at anyone advising, planning, preparing and supervising the maintenance of machinery. What does it cover? The new standard speci es requirements for the approaches to be taken so that machinery remains in a safe, reliable and e ective condition throughout its working life. The standard applies to powered machinery, including all elements of the machinery – for example, pipework, hoses and vessels – where deterioration of the equipment performance could expose persons to a signi cant increase in risk to their health and safety. BS 14200:2023 is intended to supplement speci c manufacturer instructions. It can also be applied to manually powered machinery outside the scope of the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008. Why should you use BS 14200:2023? It enhances machinery safety By specifying how to identify and respond to early stages of deterioration, the standard can ensure machinery remains safe and in good repair. Equipment is less likely to pose safety risks due to malfunctions or failures, protecting both workers and assets. Machinery lasts longer By providing general maintenance principles for ongoing use, from brand-new to ageing plant, the standard extends the lifespan of machinery reliably and safely. This reduces the need for premature replacements and capital expenditures, which can result in signi cant cost savings for businesses. It’s good for e ciency Maintenance based on machinery condition monitoring can help to prevent costly breakdowns and unplanned downtime. As well, by identifying decay in equipment early, maintenance activities can be scheduled more e‡ciently, reducing the need for emergency repairs and minimising production disruptions. It helps with regulatory compliance BS 14200:2023 can help you to maintain compliance with regulatory requirements related to machinery safety, helping users to avoid legal issues, nes and reputational damage. Product quality can be improved Machinery in good working condition tends to produce more consistent and higher quality products. This is especially important in industries where product quality is a top priority. It tells people their responsibilities BS 14200:2023 informs machine manufacturers, those responsible for maintenance and production, and those involved in maintenance contract speci cation, of their roles and responsibilities. It can help to improve energy e ciency Well-maintained machinery is often more energy-efficient. Regular monitoring and maintenance can help optimise performance and reduce energy consumption, resulting in lower operational costs and a smaller environmental footprint. It can increase shop oor expertise By following the guidance in this nationally agreed standard, users will develop their professional expertise in machinery maintenance. It helps with risk mitigation BS 14200:2023 can contribute to managing the risks associated machinery more e ectively. n *BS 14200:2023 – Maintenance of machinery is available from BSI in digital or hard-copy formats. It costs £290, or £145 for BSI members. The standards developer BSI has recently published a new British standard dealing with the maintenance of machinery. We look at who it’s aimed at, what it covers, and some potential reasons for adopting it.